Today, instead of listing the top ten reasons I am grateful, I wanted to recognize the one thing I am most grateful for. This one thing has come with a price. It's no wonder one values and appreciates what they work for the most. I am referring to my marriage with my sweet, eternal companion, Dan. Service and complete unselfishness have played a big role in cultivating this into my most cherished relationship. We have been married for almost 6 years now. Infatuation faded quickly, and we had to hold on, and build true love for one another. In the beginning, there were a lot of ups and downs. We felt whipped and lashed around every turn, trying to figure out how to live with another person. It wasn't easy, and mistakes were made along the way. We had to grow and stretch ourselves to become anxiously concerned for the others well being.
During our marriage, Dan and I have often turned to a talk by Elder F. Burton Howard that we have tried to pattern our life and relationship after. He taught that, "If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently....it becomes special because you have made it so."
After many years, and a LOT of hard work, I look at our marriage like this picture below. There still will be curves and bumps in the road, but we are allies, hand-in-hand, getting through life together as partners. Instead of working through problems with each other, we are working together to get through the challenges of mortal life. I can truly say that, "Our marriage has become special because we have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by."
I have added the talk Eternal Marriage by Elder F. Burton Howard. It's not too long and is well worth reading. (Sorry, I don't know how to make it into a link- just copy and paste it into your web browser. If anyone knows how to make it a link, let me know!)