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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Marriage Advice

by Eliana:

From my father-in-law to his son, my husband, at some point between ages 21 and 26 when we got married: "There's a lot of women who are good in the kitchen. You got to make sure you find one who's good in the bedroom."

From the musical and actual novel Les Miserables: "To love another person is to see the face of God."

From my grandmother at my bridal shower: "Before you get married, keep your eyes wide open. After you get married, keep them half shut."

From the weirdest song on the classic rock station by Jimmy Soul: "If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life/Never make a pretty woman your wife/So from my personal point of view/Get an ugly girl to marry you."

From the woman married to Paul Newman, who is in my opinion the sexiest man who ever lived. Joanne Woodward: "Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat."

From my friend Annie's stake president: "My husband would be my guest - and he should be a good guest, and a gracious guest."  (She's still confused at whether she's a hotel or wife).

From John Tesh of radio advice fame: "Marriage should not be 50-50. It is 60-40. If each partner is aiming for 60% then both will be happy."

So Modern Mormon Men readers, what advice on marriage have you heeded or ignored?

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Eliana Osborn was raised on cold weather and wild animals in Anchorage, Alaska, setting the stage for her adult life in the Sunniest Place on Earth in Arizona. She grew up in the church and didn't know there were places where conformity was preached. She has degrees. She writes. She teaches. She has some kids. She even has a husband. She's trying to do her best.

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