He knows exactly what foods to eat, how many miles to run each day (which incidentally is about 20), the frame of mind he needs to have if he expects to be victorious, and a number of other characteristics relating to success in his chosen field.Well, while thinking of Frank Shorter and his goals and others who have succeeded in their chosen lines of work or hobbies or professions, I have asked myself, Why couldn’t more of our husbands and wives have the same type of dedication to a successful marriage as do renowned athletes, physicians, educators, and governmental leaders as they excel in their professions?
” 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.First of all, consider the concepts that we have that the world does not understand.One is the principle of eternal marriage itself, where we are able to look beyond the problems of today and this evening and tomorrow into a life beyond death, where as a family we will dwell forever together.There is a tendency in life, brothers and sisters, to simplify problems and complicate solutions. But I have learned that, when we utilize the teachings of the Master, the solutions to even the most difficult of life’s challenges are usually basic and easy to implement.Several years ago, while visiting in Florida, I talked with Frank Shorter, a world-class marathon athlete.It must have happened before, and then two people can grow and progress together.
Brethren and sisters, I know of nothing worthwhile in life that comes easy.
Tonight I shall not address the mate-selection process except to say three things: First, obedience, brothers and sisters, is the sure cornerstone of happiness.
A boyfriend or girlfriend who does not have a wholesome respect for regulations during the dating process will often continue to break the rules after the word yes at the altar is spoken.
Relationships are to be never ending, but the world does not comprehend this great truth.
Second, the world does not understand spirituality or the fact that we can receive personal revelations that will assist us in any of the challenges that will come our way.
However, nothing in life is as valuable as a strong marriage and a secure family.