Marriage: How It Can Grow Sweeter with Age

Elder Scott teaches us how we can keep marriage fresh and thriving as the years go on.

Many young people are skeptical of marriage after observing too many stuffy marital relationships and heartbreaking divorces among their friends and family members.

Elder Richard G. Scott offers a divine, alternative view of marriage in his talk “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage.” He begins by recounting his own temple sealing in 1953 that blossomed with greater meaning as life with his wife Jeanene unfolded. Based on experiences from his marriage, he offers several points of counsel on how to keep a marriage evergreen:

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    Take time where it matters. Sometimes, playing with family in the fall leaves is more important than doing household chores.

  • Date to marry. Worthy, genuine courtship can be a thrilling and rewarding experience when looking for an eternal companion.
  • Be faithful and affectionate to your spouse. Life will have more purpose as you frequently pour out love and gratitude toward your husband or wife.
  • Establish gospel habits in your home. Prayer, scripture study, and worship will develop your relationship spiritually by keeping Christ at the center of your home.
  • Pay attention to the little things. Small gestures of affection can keep a romance fresh and exciting.
  • Grow together through trials. Use trials as an opportunity to cleave to your spouse and become stronger in the process.

Elder Scott concludes with his personal testimony that by living these principles, eternal marriage will only grow sweeter with age. “I am confident that when, in our future, I see [Jeanene] again beyond the veil, we will recognize that we have become even more deeply in love.”

See Elder Scott light up as he talks about his sweetheart in “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage.”


––Hannah Walker, Mormon Insights Contributor


Find more insights

Check out what Elder D. Todd Christofferson teaches about the importance of marriage in “Why Marriage, Why Family.”

Did you know that there’s a manual for a successful eternal marriage? Read through it to gain inspiration for your relationship.

Follow Elder Russell M. Nelson’s counsel to care for your marriage in his talk “Nurturing Marriage.”

What can Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount teach you about happy marriages? Find out by reading “Your Marriage and the Sermon on the Mount.”

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