Saturday, February 23, 2019

LOVE is Spelt T-I-M-E

This week in my Marriage Course, we are continuing learning more about what makes a marriage work. Have you ever thought about whether or not you turn to your spouse or away from them? In Dr. Jon M. Gottman’s book the Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work he says, “Comical as it may sound, romance is strengthened in the supermarket aisle when your partner asks, “Are we out of butter?” and you answer, “I don’t know. Let me go get some just in case,” instead of shrugging apathetically.
I loved the reminder that successful marriages are built in the daily mundane things. As Dr. Gottman says, “It only takes a small gesture to lead to another and then another.” If you truly love your spouse, it is not to late to keep working and take things little by little. In the Doctrine and Covenants it states: "Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great." Small and simple things bring about the best things in life.
In Dr. Gottman’s book he lists 50 small things you can do to “turn towards each other” and help build your relationship. Here are a few of my favorites that I am going to try: reunite at the end of the day and talk about how it went, help each other with a self-improvement plan, plan and host a dinner party (this will have to wait until after I’m done with this crazy semester), walk the dog, call and or think about each other during the work day, and talk or read together. Some of those things he lists take some effort, but some are so simple and they just take time. One of my favorite people, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said that “Love is spelt T-I-M-E. “This couldn’t be more true. What are some small things you do to show love and turn to your spouse?

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