Happy Valentine’s Day!
I have a little present for you.
I wanted to share with you what I like to give as a wedding gift when an LDS couple gets married. I put together this FHE manual for newlyweds, a collection of talks and articles about topics that are important for married couples to study and discuss and understand. There are some really great talks in there!
I print it out, hole punch it and put it in a 3-ring binder. I print out the title page (above) and write a personal note to them about how these messages can bless their marriage and have blessed mine. I usually get one of those binders with a clear plastic pocket on the front cover, slide in the title page, and tie up the whole thing with a pretty bow.
You can download the title page by clicking on the picture of it above, and you can download the whole manual (as an 80-page .pdf file) by clicking on the table of contents below. When you click on either one, you will probably get a dialogue box that pops up asking if you want to save the file. When you click Save, it will download to your computer. Then you can open it and print it.
Anyway, I think it makes a great wedding gift, but I also think it would be a great Valentine’s gift to your husband, and something that would definitely strengthen your marriage if you study it and discuss it together. All of the talks are by prophets, apostles, general authorities, and general auxiliary leaders. (All are cut-and-pasted from lds.org or BYU devotionals or Women’s Conference talks.) Even now, I can still think of more talks I love that I wish I had included, so feel free to print out your favorites, hole-punch them, and add them to the binder. I love the doctrines and principles that are taught in these talks. I hope you will too.
“Marriage brings greater possibilities for happiness than does any other human relationship. Yet some married couples fall short of their full potential. They let their romance become rusty, take each other for granted, allow other interests or clouds of neglect to obscure the vision of what their marriage really could be. Marriages would be happier if nurtured more carefully. . . . . When you as husband and wife recognize the divine design in your union—when you feel deeply that God has brought you to each other—your vision will be expanded and your understanding enhanced.”– Elder Russell M. Nelson