How Do I Love Thee?

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Several years ago I was surprised in an interview with a church leader when he asked me, “How do you love your wife?”

I am embarrassed to say that my mind immediately reached for Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. You know the poem: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach…”

Then I occurred to me: He may not be asking me how much—but what ...

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Marriage Lessons from An Unlikely Source

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It has often been said that a wise man learns from his mistakes. It could be stated that a really wise man learns from the mistakes—and successes—of others.

Cohabitation (couples living together without being married) is on the rise. According to one recent study about one-half of U.S .college graduates and three-fourths of non-college grads cohabit prior to marriage. The rate has doubled in a generation.

Though this living arrangement is now considered “normal”, cohabiting couples usually do not end up marrying, ...

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High-Fidelity Marriage

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Over the weekend I dropped of a stereo system—turn-table, tuner-receiver, and speakers—at Deseret Industries for a friend. As we unloaded it from the back of the truck one employee said to the other, “Wow, check out the ‘hi-fi’!”

It had been years since I had heard the term “hi-fi”—short for “high-fidelity”, referring to high-quality reproduction of sound and the equipment that provides it. As a teen that was the ideal, to own equipment that played music so true to the artist’s ...

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Starting Marriage Out Right

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As the month draws to an end so does this series regarding dating, courtship, engagement and marriage. It reminds me of the young bride on her wedding day who told her mother, “I am at the end of my troubles!” Mother wisely responds, “Yes, but which end?”

If a couple got to know one another through “3-P” dating (planned, paid for and paired off), courted carefully and intentionally, and used their engagement period to establish practices and barriers commensurate with a ...

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Anxiously Engaged

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I would bet that at least 50 couples in our reading area got engaged in the past week. (I understand; I proposed to my wife on V-Day as well.) Even if you did not make or accept a proposal of everlasting love and commitment in the past week you can still listen in this week. I suspect you’re in for a few surprises.

Many men think of the engagement period as a simple formality, just a way to get a guy ...

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