What makes marriages work?
Marriage is a covenant, or sacred promise, that a man and a woman make to each other and to God. Husbands and wives who keep their promises build lasting relationships with each other and receive strength to deal with the challenges they face.
Marriage creates a partnership of equals, with each encouraging, comforting, and helping the other. Those who are married should consider their union as their most cherished earthly relationship.
Marriage is such an important relationship that it deserves time over less important commitments. Couples can strengthen their marriage as they take time to talk together and to listen to one another, to be thoughtful and respectful, and to express tender feelings and affection often.
Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on sound principles, like those that Jesus Christ taught. These principles include faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. A home established on gospel principles is a place of refuge and safety, where the Spirit of the Lord can abide, blessing family members with peace, joy, and happiness.