A few weeks ago, Sam's brother was married for time and all eternity in the Mount Timpanogos Temple--
just as we were married in the Mount Timpanogos Temple almost 7 1/2 years ago!
They exited the same doors as newlyweds, the same face-breaking grins of joy on their faces,
and I naturally reflected on our own wedding that took place on that snowy winter day.
Before they were married, the sealer gave them just one piece of advice.
He quoted the scripture in Matthew that states, "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."
He explained that the principle described in that scripture also applies to marriage--
that we find greatest happiness in marriage when we lose ourselves in service to one another and become completely unselfish. His words rang true to me, and also caused me to think about the advice our sealer gave us when we were married.
He gave us five pieces of advice:
1-Don't try to change your spouse; learn to adjust to them.
2-Continue courting. Go on a date weekly.
3-Attend the temple often together. Participate in all of the temple ordinances possible.
4-Recognize the relationship between our sealing and the Atonement. Express gratitude for the Atonement.
5-Put the Lord first, then your spouse. Put your spouse before yourself or anyone else.
I wrote in my journal the following day, "I am anticipating an eternity of joy with Sam at my side. Being sealed to him was the best experience of my entire life. I can't describe the feelings of joy that enveloped me in the Lord's house. As we walked out, my cheeks felt as if they would break because they couldn't hold my smile! It was elation, joy, peace, happiness, contentment, anticipation, satisfaction, and gratitude all rolled up into one beautiful feeling."
I am so grateful for the holy institution of marriage
and for the knowledge that we have been sealed for eternity.
We continue to learn and grow closer to one another,
and watching Sam's brother start on that same path with his bride has been a joy.
It was a privilege for me to be able to take their wedding pictures--allow me to share some favorites: