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"Nothing that I know of that's very worthwhile just happens."
Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said these wise words while speaking to the young, single adults of the Church. In response to a candid question about marriage, he stated:
Love really does exist. There really is love in the world. … The best definition I know of marriage came from James Thurber, a short story writer, who said simply, “Love is what you go through together.”
You have to work at this. You have to work at a marriage. But every good thing that I know of in this world you have to work at. I don’t know of anything that comes easily. Schoolwork, you’ve got to work at it. If you start a profession, you’ve got to work at it. If you’re an athlete, you’ve got to work at it. If you’re a musician, you’ve got to work at it. And you’ve got to work at marriage.
The reason there are happy marriages, the reason there is spiritual revelation and peace and the kind of affection we feel for our spouses, it’s because, frankly, you work at it. God will help you. Of all the things in this world that He will help you with, He will help you with your marriages and your families because it matters to Him at least as much as it matters to you. He will help you. But we’ve got to pitch in.
To hear more advice from Elder Holland, watch the Face to Face event he participated in along with Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Seventy. Together, they answered questions about self-doubt, faith, relationships and more.
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