Student Manual Readings

Preparing for an Eternal Marriage Teacher Manual, (2003), ix–xii


  • Lesson 1: Developing an Eternal Perspective

    • Statements in “Eternal Perspective,” President Spencer W. Kimball (81)

    • “Living by Gospel Principles” (viii)

    • “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge,” Elder Richard G. Scott (148)

  • Lesson 2: The New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage

    • “The New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage” (in “Marriage for Eternity,” 167)

    • Statements in “Marriage for Eternity,” Elder Bruce R. McConkie (167)

    • “The Eternal Family,” Elder Robert D. Hales (100)

    • Selected Teachings from “Commitment” (21)

    • Selected Teachings from “Divorce” (73)

    • Selected Teachings from “Holy Spirit of Promise” (136)

    • Statement in “Covenants and Ordinances,” President Joseph Fielding Smith (38)

    • “Why Marry in the Temple?” Elder John A. Widtsoe (178)

    • “Those Who Do Not Marry,” (in “Marriage for Eternity,” 168)

    • “Remember the Importance of Marriage,” Elder Bruce R. McConkie; in “Marriage and the Great Plan of Happiness,” Elder Joe J. Christensen (284)

  • Lesson 3: The Family: A Proclamation to the World

    • “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (83)

    • “The Family,” Elder Henry B. Eyring (104)

    • Selected Teachings on “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (84)

    • Statement in “Satan Tries to Destroy Happiness,” Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (in “Happiness in Marriage,” 135)

    • Statement in “Satan Tries to Destroy Happiness,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (in “Happiness in Marriage,” 134)

  • Lesson 4: The Lord’s Standards for Dating

    • “For the Strength of Youth” (52)

    • Selected Teachings from “Dating Standards” (51)

  • Lesson 5: The Law of Chastity

    • “Personal Purity,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (233)

    • “Our Moral Environment,” Elder Boyd K. Packer (230)

    • “Sexual Purity” (in “For the Strength of Youth,” 56)

    • Statement in “Satan Tries to Destroy Happiness,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (in “Happiness in Marriage,” 134)

    • Statement in “Satan Tries to Destroy Happiness,” Elder Boyd K. Packer (in “Happiness in Marriage,” 134)

    • First statement in “Effects of Pornography on Dating, Marriages, and Families,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (in “Pornography,” 265)

    • “Same-Gender Attraction,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks (294)

    • Statement in “Same-Gender Attraction” section, President Gordon B. Hinckley (294)

    • Statement in “Morality and Modesty,” President Spencer W. Kimball (219)

    • “The Law of Chastity,” President Ezra Taft Benson (227)

  • Lesson 6: Staying Morally Clean

    • Statement in “Morality and Modesty,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (220)

    • “Consequences of Obedience or Disobedience” (in “Morality and Modesty,” 221)

    • “For the Strength of Youth” (52)

    • “Put on the Whole Armor of God,” President Harold B. Lee (223)

  • Lesson 7: Personal Worthiness and the Blessings of Eternal Marriage

    • “Healing the Tragic Scars of Abuse,” Elder Richard G. Scott (5)

    • Statement in “Principle of Repentance,” Elder Boyd K. Packer (in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” section, 87)

  • Lesson 8: Overcoming “the Natural Man”

    • Statement in “Temptations of Satan and the Natural Man,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (330)

    • “Put Off the Natural Man, and Come Off Conqueror,” Elder Neal A. Maxwell (333)

    • “Beware of Pride,” President Ezra Taft Benson (269)

    • “Discipline a Violent Temper,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (332)

    • “Our Fading Civility,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (331)

  • Lesson 9: Balancing Personal Growth and Responsibility

    • Selected Teachings from “Maturity” (198)

  • Lesson 10: Temporal Preparedness

    • Statements in “Prepare for the Future,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (in “Education,” 77)

    • Statement in “Importance of Education for Women,” Elder Howard W. Hunter (in “Education,” 78)

    • Statement in “Importance of Education for Women,” Elder Russell M. Nelson (in “Education,” 78)

    • Selected Teachings from “Temporal Preparedness” (327)

    • Selected Teachings from “Independence” (137)

    • “Becoming Self-Reliant,” Elder L. Tom Perry (307)

  • Lesson 11: Effective Communication

    • “Family Communications,” Elder Marvin J. Ashton (32)

  • Lesson 12: Differences Inherent between Men and Women

    • Selected Teachings from “Differences Inherent between Men and Women” (63)

    • “The Joy of Womanhood,” Sister Margaret D. Nadauld (70)

    • Statements in “Equality of Men and Women,” Elder James E. Faust (80)

    • Statement in “Equality of Men and Women,” Sister Eliza R. Snow (80)

  • Lesson 13: Divine Roles and Responsibilities of Men and Women

    • Selected Teachings from “Men’s Divine Roles and Responsibilities” (200)

    • “Being a Righteous Husband and Father,” President Howard W. Hunter (206)

    • “Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Someday Marry,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (209)

    • “To the Fathers in Israel,” President Ezra Taft Benson (203)

    • Selected Teachings from “Women’s Divine Roles and Responsibilities” (347)

    • “Women of the Church,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (357)

    • “To the Mothers in Zion,” President Ezra Taft Benson (352)

    • Selected Teachings from “Equality of Men and Women” (79)

    • Statement in “Principle of Mutual Respect,” Elder Merrill J. Bateman (in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” section, 91)

    • Statement in “Differences Inherent between Men and Women,” President Boyd K. Packer (64)

    • “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (83)

    • Statement in “Differences Inherent between Men and Women,” Elder Neal A. Maxwell (65)

    • Statement in “Differences Inherent between Men and Women,” Elder Merrill J. Bateman (65)

    • Selected Teachings from “Mothers’ Employment outside the Home” (237)

    • “‘One Thing Needful’: Becoming Women of Greater Faith in Christ,” Sister Patricia T. Holland (366)

  • Lesson 14: True Love

    • Selected Teachings from “Love” (154)

  • Lesson 15: The Search for an Eternal Companion

    • Selected Teachings from “Mate Selection” (188)

    • “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (83)

  • Lesson 16: The Decision to Marry and Engagement

    • Selected Teachings from “Mate Selection” (188)

    • “Agency or Inspiration?” Elder Bruce R. McConkie (193)

    • “Summary Checklist” (in “Arrangements for a Temple Marriage,” 318)

  • Lesson 17: Preparing for the Temple

    • “The Holy Temple,” President Boyd K. Packer (318)

    • Selected Teachings from “Temple Preparation” (314)

  • Lesson 18: Jesus Christ, the Sure Foundation

    • “Cultivating Divine Attributes,” Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (130)

    • Statement in “How Does Our Love for God Influence Our Ability to Love Others?” Elder Russell M. Nelson (in “Love,” 157)

  • Lesson 19: Adjusting to Married Life

    • Selected Teachings from “Adjustments in Marriage” (9)

    • “Overcoming Those Differences of Opinion: A Formula for Finding Unity in Marriage,” Elder Robert E. Wells (286)

  • Lesson 20: Intimacy in Marriage

    • Selected Teachings from “Intimacy in Marriage” (139)

    • Statement in “Costs of Infidelity,” President Thomas S. Monson (in “Fidelity in Marriage,” 113)

    • “Birth Control” (14)

    • “Personal Purity,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (233)

    • “The Fountain of Life,” Elder Boyd K. Packer (141)

  • Lesson 21: Course Summary: Governing Our Lives by Correct Principles

    • “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge,” Elder Richard G. Scott (148)

    • “We Must Do Our Part” (in “Living by Gospel Principles,” ix)

    • Statement in “Foundations for Eternal Marriage,” Elder Richard G. Scott (124)