"...Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise" --Alma 37:6

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Healthy, Stable Marriages

In 1995, Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley and his counselors gave new revelation in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Near the end of this prophetic proclamation it states,

"We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."

I know that in today's political environment, conversations regarding marriages and families can be a bit touchy. There's the controversy over homosexual relationships, abortion laws, women's rights, and gender identities. With so much controversy and confusion, so-called "Gadiantons" have declared themselves the heroes and protectors of marriage and families. These "heroes" simply continued and helped with the distortion of the family and increased their own vain, greedy, political power.

So, within this tumultuous world how can anyone have a healthy, stable, successful marriage? Alan J. Hawkins, in his article, "A Public Policy Agenda to Help Couples Form and Sustain Healthy, Stable Marriages", states,

"For youth and young adults, the pathways to a healthy, stable marriage are increasingly convoluted and challenging to walk....how can we help young people find safer and more effective pathways to healthy marriages?....a modest public policy agenda.....stresses the availability of a series of educational opportunities, including: (a) school-based relationship literacy for youth; (b) positive relationship formation education for young adults; and (c) effective premarital education for engaged couples, as well as ongoing relationship enrichment education in the early years of marriage to help couples learn the needed skills for a healthy marriage."

So if we simply learn the skills, values, and principles of a healthy relationship, then abortions, unexpected pregnancies, extra-marital sexual relations, and other non-healthy relationship traits will diminish.....That's the idea anyway.

Hawkins' video gives more detail and information on his agenda and just how much he believes it can change the dating and relationship world into something far healthier and stronger than it is now.

Do I agree with Hawkins? I do believe that there is an extreme lack of education regarding just what a healthy relationship is. My exhibit A is a recent film entitled, "Fifty Shades of Grey" which is based off a book with the same title. This film and book are the definition of an extremely unhealthy relationship based on all the wrong ideas and principles.

The problem is that the adversary and the rest of the world is telling youth and young adults that such relationships are healthy and that emotional connections intimacy are secondary, or less important than, a healthy sexual relationship (complete with various "toys" and other questionable items).

So with all the wrong principles and answers being shoved in our direction, where can we find the right answers? The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Our Heavenly Father has provided us with the proclamation and His holy scriptures to guides in the ways that we should go, including finding and maintaining healthy, successful relationships.

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