Unity in Marriage

September 17, 2012 – For those who wanted to hear the religious posts I mentioned a few months ago, here is the first of what I hope will be many of such posts. They will not be directly tied to education, but to life in general. They are my evidence of life and I’ll freely share them. The references below in this post come from the Book of Mormon.

Some of the more common reasons for conflict in marriage arise from a loss of perspective (when a common goal was mutually set or is still being established) and misunderstanding, and both are usually driven by adversity and stress (see 1 Nephi 5:1-2).

1 Nephi 5 teaches that unity in marriage can be accomplished by communicating things as they really are, or remembering the intent and reason for mutually held goals (v. 4), expressing optimism and confidence in God (v. 5), bearing personal testimony of truth (v. 5), seeking the comfort of one’s spouse—as opposed to taking conflict personally (v. 6-7), and working toward both spouses possessing a mutual level of understanding and testimony (v. 8).

The fruit of unity in marriage is happiness and gratitude; both spouses will “rejoice exceedingly and … [give] thanks unto the God of Israel” (v. 9).

For any who don’t have access to a Book of Mormon to read the story in 1 Nephi 5, click here.

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