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mature love
As we walked hand in hand often older couples would smile and tell my new husband and I to never lose that love and wonder we have for each other.

In the beginning of our marriage I had no idea what was ahead of me. Both good and bad. I couldn’t foresee the deep bonds that would be forged through trials and heartache. Almost 18 years walking life together and with every passing year comes greater understanding and deeper love.

Boyd K Packer put it this way

If you suppose that the full-blown rapture of young romantic love is the sum total of the possibilities which spring from the fountains of life, you have not yet lived to see the devotion and the comfort of longtime married love. Married couples are tried by temptation, misunderstandings, financial problems, family crises, and illness, and all the while love grows stronger. Mature love has a bliss not even imagined by newlyweds.”

This last week I imagined I saw myself standing in the middle of a bridge. I was acting like a little child with my arms and legs outstretched so as to stop anyone from passing by. The direction I had come from was dark and cloudy. I was facing that way and so it was easy to see. Behind me however was sunshine and white fluffy clouds.

I could feel that peace and happiness were to be had if I simply continued on my way, but instead I was just standing there. Frozen.

In life I think we all have moments of personal hardship. Moments we don’t measure up to what we want to be. And it can be difficult to turn and walk towards the peace and happiness, leaving behind the sorrow and heartache. Even though we long so much for the bright sunshine, it can feel like too far of a walk.

What I then pictured was my husband standing and waiting for me. Encouraging me. Telling me he would wait patiently for me so that we could walk hand in hand towards that eternal happiness.

What at first felt so difficult now seemed doable.

I believe God helped me see this picture to remind me of what some of the joys of marriage are meant to be. Often times (it’s what we aim to do) when either I or my husband struggle the other is there to offer support and encouragement to turn towards the Lord.

I cannot return to live with God without the help of my Savior. No matter what I do. I need Him to help me find true happiness. So when my husband and I both strive to make God our first priority and then our marriage second, we are more loving and kind. We make mistakes and we strive to forgive because we know how much we need forgiveness.

After seeing us walk together towards happiness, stopping along the way to struggle and try to figure out life together, I understand another piece of the true joys of marriage. For when we walk together the Lord can put His hand on ours, and we can walk into eternity.

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