"While marriage is difficult, and discordant and frustrated marriages are common,
yet real, lasting happiness is possible,
and marriage can be more an exultant ecstasy than the human mind can conceive.
This is within the reach of every couple, every person."
~Spencer W. Kimball~
I am not married, nor have been yet in my life. I hope to one day find someone with whom I can build a firm and enduring relationship that will be eternal and divine in nature. I want a marriage where we support each other, we work together, pray together, and care for our eternal family together.
In today's world, divorce is prevalent and seen as a way to leave a relationship if not all is going as planned or expected. It is saddening to see marriage no longer viewed as a refugee from and a strength through which we can survive unexpected trials that come our way.
Elder Bruce C. Hafen stated,
"When troubles come, the parties to a contractual marriage seek happiness by walking away. They marry to obtain benefits and will stay only as long as they're receiving what they bargained for. But when troubles come to a covenant marriage, the husband and wife work them through. They marry to give, and to grow, bound by covenants to each other, to the community, and to God. Contract companions each give 50 percent. But covenant companions each give 100 percent. Enough and to spare. Each gives enough to cover any shortfall by the other."
We must give 110 percent to our relationships. Only then will we fulfill our covenants and strengthen our marital relationships.
Elder Robert D. Hales stated,
"An eternal bond doesn't just happen as a result of sealing covenants we make in the temple. How we conduct ourselves in this life will determine what we will be in all the eternities to come. To receive the blessings of the sealing that our Heavenly Father has given to us, we have to keep the commandments and conduct ourselves in such a way that our families will want to live with us in the eternities."
I have limited relationship experience, and as previously stated, I have not been married. I do know this however, a marriage cannot survive, if you do not strive. You, we must strive to strengthen our relationships and ensure that no matter what comes our way, our relationships will be steadfast and immovable.