My comments are not for anyone looking for simple ideas or anyone who would be satisfied merely to tolerate an uncomfortable arrangement. Husbands and wives who encounter and surmount suffering, pain, misunderstanding, and temptation can enjoy marriages that are beautiful and eternal.
There is a principle that needs to be understood, and let me take just a moment to explain it to you.
He won the marathon in the 1972 Olympics, placed second in 1976, and has won literally hundreds of long-distance races.
” He said, “I didn’t understand that before now.” Then I said, “Let’s begin reading the 41st verse”: No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood [or any other position or title, I might add], only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness and pure knowledge. As they left, they walked out arm in arm, apparently after having learned a great lesson in life.
Seek out those who are willing to live the rules because if you do not, we will spend time with you in offices in whichever ward or stake you live, attempting to work out the difficulties that will surely come.
Second, there are not to be sexual experiences before marriage.
The gospel of Jesus Christ and the priesthood that so many of us in this room bear can only be maintained and handled upon the principles of righteousness.
Just as a building must have a strong foundation, a family needs the sure foundation of the Savior and his teachings.