Archive for August 14, 2014

Marriage Covenant

The first time I remembering reading Alma’s experience with soon-to-be converts at the Waters of Mormon (which is what every baptismal font could be called) was when I spoke at my nephew’s baptism:

Mosiah 18:8-10
…Behold, here are the waters of Mormon…and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;

Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—

Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?

Obviously this is a sermon and suggestion–even a charge–for those who are ready to be baptized.

However, this morning I looked at these verses from a marital perspective.

My wonderful hubby is beginning a new career selling insurance. It’s been a difficult journey, due in part to the learning curve. I have a lifetime of experience in selling; I love it! So I often give him bits of advice for his career. I’m learning that’s not such a great idea. He’s my spouse, not my student.

As I read these words this morning after Bob left for work, I saw how this can also be part of our marriage commitment and covenants with each other.

Marriage is a lot of fun when we’re having fun. When most people begin to question their marriage decision it’s when challenges arise. This is when spouses really need to bear one another’s burdens that they may be light and to be willing to mourn with those who mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort–not to be critical or contentious.

Multiple Recipe Books

This past week has been a rugged, mountain climbing experience. My fasting intent for last week’s fasting was to have more love and empathy toward my eternal best friend/hubby. Boy did the challenge kick in the next day! I felt Satan’s influence and temptation first thing Monday morning. I was tempted to say and do things that were not conducive to my goal. I couldn’t sleep that night, so I spent time praying and reading the scriptures and thinking of what I should do. Some of my thoughts were not in tune with the spirit; good thing I did not take action.

The next morning I read Luke 14:28:
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, siteth not down first and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”

My thoughts from the night before were not pure, and I didn’t calculate the consequences. During that time, I didn’t feel filled with the spirit, but I know I was being guided because I didn’t take any of the actions I thought about. After I read this verse, I know I was being protected because I had not thought of the cost or consequences of my mental plans.

I noticed one of the cross references to this scripture was to loo up Problem-Solving in the Topical Guide. My fingers were resting directly on that page. As I looked at all the subjects listed, I am in awe of the scriptures that relate to problem solving! A book could be written. Well…it has been!

Then I looked at all of the other topics and realized the scriptures have hundreds of “recipe” books to guide our lives.