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"Good marriages are created after you get up from your knees at the altar of the temple. Strong marriages emerge out of helping each other obtain your education, struggling financially, dealing with sickness, and coping with the shock produced by the birth of your first child."It is truly the struggles we go through as a married couple that bring us closer together and create the oneness in heart and purpose that good marriages need.
"You... wives must realize that as your companion comes home from his day's labor, he comes sometimes with nerves that are taut with the tensions of that day's efforts, hoping to find in you someone to give him the strength and courage to go back inspired and better prepared to meet the problems of the next day. To nag and to scold and to fail to appreciate his problems is to fail in being the companion that he needs." ~Harold B. LeeWe all have bad days, whether we are at a job, or caring for a home and family. Modern women often complain that husbands do not understand all they do in a day. While that may be true, I would postulate that we stay at home mothers may not appreciate the heavy load that our husbands carry as providers and protectors.
"And the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my servant,... thy husband." ~Doctrine and Covenants 25:5So, what about those times in life when our husbands are having difficulties in providing for our families' needs? In most cases, not being able to provide for a family can be one of the biggest burdens a man can ever carry.
"[A husband] needs to feel that he is protecting you. He needs to feel and know that he is the leader in the family.... When he feels this he is a better man. He is a better husband. He is a better employee, a better employer. He is better adjusted and happier in life. He can do better work. He can be even more prosperous. But for the sake of all that is important, above all, he can be a better father, and a better holder of the priesthood." ~Boyd K. PackerIt is my experience that people generally rise to the level of our expectations for them. This is not to say that we should push our husbands to be something they are not, or that we should try to mold them into something they don't want to be.
“Pray for the love which allows you to see the good in your companion. Pray for the love that makes weaknesses and mistakes seem small. Pray for the love to make our companion’s joy your own. Pray for the love to want to lessen the load and soften the sorrows of your companion.” ~Henry B. EyringThere will be days that we want to do anything but pray for our husbands! Praying for our husbands can make the marriage relationship sweeter.
“Marriage brings greater possibilities for happiness than does any other human relationship. Yet some couples fall short of their full potential. They let their romance become rusty, take each other for granted, allow other interests or clouds of neglect to obscure the vision of what their marriage really could be. Marriages would be happier if nurtured more carefully.” ~Russell M. Nelson
|"Home is where women have the most power and influence" ~Julie B. Beck|
"To nurture means to cultivate, care for, and make grow. Therefore, mothers who know create a climate for spiritual and temporal growth in their homes."
"Another word for nurturing is homemaking. Homemaking includes cooking, washing clothes and dishes, and keeping an orderly home."Whether we like it or not, we mothers set the tone and example in our homes. When we serve with cheerful hearts and smiles, our children will do the same-- and the opposite is certainly true!
"Working beside children in homemaking tasks creates opportunities to teach and model qualities children should emulate."Once we get started in our homemaking duties, we get into a familiar rhythm and end up feeling better about ourselves for what great housekeepers we are! (At least *I* do.) I know that when I begin with one task, I find it easier to begin wiping down countertops, washing pans, and sweeping. If I allow myself, I find that I turn into a cheerful fairytale character, singing and dancing while singing. (And no, this is not an everyday occurrence, but when it does happen, it is fun!)
“I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone rolling gentleman). But it is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, miners, cars, government etc exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr. Johnson said, “To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavour”. (1st to be happy to prepare for being happy in our own real home hereafter: 2nd in the meantime to be happy in our houses.) We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist…” ~C.S. Lewis (pg 447-Letter of CS Lewis 1988 ed.)
Satan wants us to think that when we have sinned we have gone past a 'point of no return'—that it is too late to change our course. In our beautiful but also troubled world, it is a sad reality that this attitude is the source of great sorrow, grief, and distress to families, marriages, and individual lives. ~Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
|Painting by Liz Lemon Swindle|
In the battle of life, the adversary takes enormous numbers of prisoners, and many who know of no way to escape and are pressed into his service. Every soul confined to a concentration camp of sin and guilt has a key to the gate. The adversary cannot hold them if they know how to use it. The key is labeled Repentance. The twin principles of repentance and forgiveness exceed in strength the awesome power of the adversary.
I know of no sins connected with the moral standard for which we cannot be forgiven. The formula is stated in forty words:
“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.
“By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.” (D&C 58:42–43.) ~Elder Boyd K. Packer (emphasis added)
The measure of our success as parents, however, will not rest solely on how our children turn out. That judgment would be just only if we could raise our families in a perfectly moral environment, and that now is not possible. ~Elder Boyd K. Packer
"A woman with a mother heart [knows that to] nurture and feed [her family] physically is as much an honor as to nurture and feed them spiritually. She is “not weary in well-doing” and delights to serve her family, because she knows that “out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (D&C 64:33)." ~Julie B. Beck