“ You are richer today if you have laughed, given and forgiven” ~Unknown
“ When people are married, instead of trying to get rid of each other, reflect that you have made your choice, and strive to honor & keep it” ~Brigham Young
“ Our joy now and forever is inextricably tied to our capacity to love” ~John H. Groberg 2004 General Conf.
My favorite is “True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well being of ones companion” ~Gordon B. Hinckley
“ When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place, or drop out of our lifes” ~Ezar Taft Benson
“ Problems will yield to a spiritual solution, for the higher laws involve the spiritual” ~James E. Faust
“ A successful marriage isn’t finding the right person-its about being the right person” ~Unkown
“ In the home it is a partnership with husband and wife equally yoked together, sharing in decisions, always working together” ~Boyd K. Packer
“ Heavenly Father’s perspective is much broader than is ours. While we know of our mortal problems and pain, He knows of our immortal progress and potential.” ~Russell M. Nelson
“ The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not laughed”
“ There are three stages of a man’s life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, and he is Santa Claus.” Unknown
“ You must do everything you can to make your appearance pleasing, but the minute you walk out the door, forget yourself and start concentrating on others” ~Susan W. Tanner
“ Pure hearts in a pure home are always in whispering distance of heaven” David O. McKay
“ So frequently we mistakenly believe that our children need more things, when in reality their silent pleadings are simply for more of our time” Thomas S. Monson
“ Good friends are like stars….You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.” Unknown
“ Don’t ask yourself what the worlds needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive” ~Harold Whitman
“ The way will be lighter, the worries will be fewer, the confrontations will be less difficult if we cultivate a spirit of happiness” ~Gordon B. Hinckley
“ A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty” ~Unknown
“ God could not be everywhere, so he made mothers” Unknown
“ Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad” Unknown
“ I think it must somewhere be written that the virtues of mothers shall be visited upon their children” ~Charles Dickens
“ No child in this Church should be left with uncertainty about his or her parents’ devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ” Jeffery R. Holland
“ It’s not so much what happens to us but how we deal with what happens to us” James E. Faust
“ Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father” Lydia M. Child
“ It’s not earthly possessions, which signifies our wealth. But our priceless blessings, family, friends and health” Unknown
“ There are three great epochs in a man’s earthly life, upon which his happiness here and eternity may depend, (namely) his birth, his marriage, and his choice of vocation” ~David O. McKay
“ Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and thy shalt cleave unto her and none else” D&C 42:22
“ No man, as death approaches, has ever declared that he wished he had spent more time at the office” Thomas S. Monson
“ As sons and daughters of God, we are obligated to develop as many of our divinely given talents as we can” James E. Faust
“ Every noble impulse, every unselfish expression of love; every brave suffering for the right; every surrender of self to something higher then self; every loyalty to an idea; every unselfish devotion to principle; every helpfulness to humanity, every act of self-control; every fine courage of the soul, undefeated by pretense of policy, but by being, doing, and living of good for the very good’s sake-that is spirituality” ~David O. McKay
“ You can’t live your life worrying that the world is staring at you. When you let people’s opinions make you self-conscious you give away your power…The key to feeling (confident) is to always listen to your inner self.” Jeffery R. Holland
“ We should go to the temple, among other reasons, to safeguard our personal holiness and that of our families” James E. Faust
“ The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother” ~David O. McKay
As you can tell in each and everyone of these pictures that we are happy. And we have had millions of happy times. Between being silly, being serious, having children, and being married. I once heard a wonderful saying “ Look, I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you’re the only one for me”. I know we love each other and we are happy, right now we are hitting rough spot and though patience, faith, prayer and above most of all love it will work out to eternity.
You know how I have told you once a while ago I was thankful that you found a job that you LOVE and enjoy doing, and that I wanted something that I enjoyed doing as much as you did. Well I have…..being a wife of a military man who is proud of the service is doing for his country, and family. Also being a mother, something that I never-ever imagined I would enjoy as much as I do. As I told you before, I would stay and wait for you if you are gone 18 seconds, 18 minutes, 18 weeks or even 18 months to show you that I love you and support you. I will be ok if you go just know I will wait. Just knowing you love me, will get me though anything no matter how much sorrow or hurt there might be. When you go and I get a visit telling me that you are gone. I will be proud of the sacrifice you have lead to love, and protect me and your children.
Remember that I Gave myself to you, when I covenanted to be with you to eternity. And I have been thinking about how we looked when we looked at each other in the mirrors in the temple. You make me happy when you make jokes, when you act crazy and most of all when you tell me you love me. Material things don’t matter to me, I would sell everything and live under a bridge if we had to just to be with you. Having you love me and in my life as a husband is what truly makes me happy.
I hope this helps you understand I love you no matter what you do, rather your home or not.
I want to tell you something that I have never told you before. Before I started working at Convergys and of course before I meet you I wrote down a list of qualities that I wanted in a husband. There was a list of about 20. I remember that the first like six were very important to me…they were had to love his family, love the gospel, love to serve others, love children, have a sense of humor and make me smile. There were other ones but these were the most important, and I remember the last one on the list was gone on a mission. A few days later after I wrote that list, I prayed about it and crossed of gone on a mission off my list because I knew that the one that I would marry would not have served a mission. Then of course about a month later I saw you. I remember the feeling when I first saw you, a feeling that has never left me, it was like you were my best friend, someone that would love me and someone who I knew before.
And that scared me more then you will ever know. The first time you asked me to marry you. I knew you were going to ask me earlier that day, I just had a feeling and I will never forget the look in your eyes when you asked me. It was a look of true love a love of eternal love. As you know I prayed about it for a long time before I decided and really came to terms with wanting to marry you. I knew my life with you would not be a bed of roses but I was and still am willing to travel that road.
The last thing I want to share with you is my testimony. I know that God lives, I know He is always there. I know if I ask for His guidance He will walk hand and hand with me. I know life is not easy, I know we have trails for a reason we don’t know why but we do. I know with out a doubt that Gordon B. Hinckley is a prophet of the Lord and that Joseph Smith restored the gospel. I know if we follow His commandments and His request we will be on the right hand of Him. I know He is with me daily, sometimes I forget that but I know He is there. I know that my children were heaven sent, to remind me patience, remind me kindness, love and most of all of the love that we share. I know I made covenants to you and the Lord when we got married. I willingly gave myself to you. And I will strive to keep you happy. I am very proud of you and I love you with all my heart. I want you to know I am willing to give up my family and friends to make you happy daily.
I know that when you leave for your military duties that I will be safe, and will be strong for you. I know that you love me, without a shadow of a doubt you truly and honestly love you. I ask for your forgiveness right now. Your forgiveness for every mean and hurtful word that I have said to you. Forgiveness for not trusting you like I should, you have never ever given me a reason to not trust you. Forgiveness for my hurtful and mean actions. Forgiveness for every single thing I have ever done to you. And in return I forgive you for every hurtful word you have said to me, every thing that has upset me. I never want to be mad at you or have you mad at me. I know my actions over the last year or so have not been something I have been proud of and I know I could have chosen to act a different way but I didn’t. I am coming to you with a sincere heart and a humble heart asking for your forgiveness.