GCBC Week 14: “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage” by Elder Richard G. Scott

I cried through almost all of this talk when I first heard it on General Conference Sunday back in April.  It was such a sweet talk, so sincere and heartfelt.  You could just tell how much Elder Scott  loves his late wife and how much he misses her.  It was also a wonderful reminder of how importance day-to-day kindness is in family relationships.

“The Eternal Blessings of Marriage” by Elder Richard G. Scott

He told lots of stories that were filled with examples of love and service.  As I listened and read, I knew that there are things I can do better to show my love for my husband.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

Two of the vital pillars that sustain Father in Heaven’s plan of happiness are marriage and the family. Their lofty significance is underscored by Satan’s relentless efforts to splinter the family and to undermine the significance of temple ordinances, which bind the family together for eternity.

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As a mother you have been given divine instincts to help you sense your child’s special talents and unique capacities. With your husband you can nurture, strengthen, and cause those traits to flower.

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I think one of the reasons that we are counseled to get married early in life is to avoid developing inappropriate character traits that are hard to change.

How about you?  What were the main points that you felt like were take-away principles from this talk?  Share your thoughts and conversation in the comment thread below.  If you’re new to GCBC, check out the club here.

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4 thoughts on “GCBC Week 14: “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage” by Elder Richard G. Scott

  1. I guess this is a talk that should make me cringe, since I got divorced 4 months ago. However, I still believe in the principles and the doctrine E. Scott shared. Even though my experience with marriage was much different from his, I believe as he said that “All things are possible to the Lord, and He keeps the promises He inspires His prophets to declare. Eternity is a long time. Have faith in those promises and live to be worthy of them so that in His time the Lord can make them come true in your life. With certainty, you will receive every promised blessing for which you are worthy.”

    He makes me feel hopeful that there may still be something wonderful in store for me.

  2. This message made me cry when I heard it too, it was just so tender and heartfelt, and the message of eternal love just rang through it. And of course, I sniffled and cried while I read through it again now! And again I came away with a stronger resolve to be that kind of wife and mother- “who with grace and devotion live[s] the full feminine splendor of her righteous womanhood.”

  3. I know I am way late but I am trying to catch up with you. I love the first quote you shared. It talks about “Satan’s relentless efforts” and it made me think about how we must be relentless in our own efforts. We need to be unbending, unyielding in our efforts to keep ourselves, our marriages, and our families on path.

    I also loved the stories he shared, especially the story of the hole punched note. So creative and thoughtful. I need to get back to doing the little things.

    What a great reminder on marriage and families.

  4. I’m way late too, but July (and August) was a busy month. However, I loved this talk. One paragraph that stood out was “Pure love is an incomparable, potent power for good. Righteous love is the foundation of a successful marriage. It is the primary cause of contented, well-developed children.” It was a reminder that any effort I put into increasing the love I have for family members will be well spent. And the best way to do that is to serve them in little ways. I hope I can always remember that!

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