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Passion: Stoking the Embers

By Kellie Purcill

I’ve been to a wedding celebration. The bride and groom were delighted in each other, and obviously oblivious to most of what was going on around them. They held hands during speeches, whispered to each other, had that unconscious radar tracking and alignment to wherever their beloved happened to be if not in arms reach, …

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By Their Fruits…

By Julia Blue

“We believe the bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly.” Article of Faith 8 “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” Article of Faith 13 As members of the church, I think we sometimes believe this in theory, …

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Marriage: effort or consequence?

By Hannah Cruz

With a recent family wedding under my belt, several friends’ recent engagements and my own wedding anniversary on Monday — I’ve got love on the brain. When I went on my first date with my now husband, Nathaniel, I wasn’t thinking about marriage. In fact, I wasn’t even initially sure it was a date. To …

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A Moment of Clarity

Heather Olson Beal is guest posting for this week’s UP CLOSE – MAKING MARRIAGE WORK piece.  She is a mom of three kids who sometimes drive her nuts despite being genuinely great.  She lives in deep east Texas and is happy to finally be a professor and no longer a student!  She has a BA in Spanish from BYU, an MA in Spanish from Texas A & M University, and a Ph.D. in education from LSU.  Heather doesn’t cook, bake, sew, can, store, crochet, knit, quilt, garden, stamp or decoupage and doesn’t feel an ounce of guilt about it.

According to the muses at Segullah, marriage is “not all movie moments walking hand-in-hand along the beach to a beautiful sunset.” Their invitation for June guest posts even suggests that marriage is “less about romance and more about work and commitment.”  I’m not a blogger, and I’m not really even a writer, but this invitation spoke to me. You see, my husband and I haven’t been doing a whole lotta hand holding or walking on beaches. We’ve had less romance than usual, had lots of “discussions,” and we’ve done lots of work these last couple years. We seem to have had more than our fair share of crummy days, months–heck, even crummy quarters! So what’s our story? How are we sticking it out? Why are we sticking it out?

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