Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happily Ever After....

Elizabeth Smart was engaged to get married this summer and then pulled off a surprise wedding in Hawaii at the Laie temple last week. It was a clever move to up the date so the paparazzi vultures weren't hovering.

Smart met Matthew Gilmour when they both served in the Paris France mission and then began their relationship after being released. I’m really happy for her!

Our resident-Elizabeth-Smart-expert, aka Andie, heard the news after I did (now there’s a surprise!).

We also went to Jenae Kingsbury’s wedding to Todd Matthews yesterday in Oakland. It’s hard to believe Jenae is old enough to get married; it feels like we’ve watched her grow up.

So, in the spirit of marriage I’ll post some advice for brides and grooms alike. It’s appropriately called “The Art of a Good Marriage” by Wilferd Arlan Peterson

“A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things...

It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once each day.

It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is speaking words of appreciation and
demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is not only marrying the right partner...
It is being the right partner.