Joshua 1:9

Hello readers! I wanted to get back into writing about the gospel and The Family: A Proclamation to the World and was given a great opportunity to do so in another class. Right now, I am studying the Old Testament. The Old Testament is full of many of the stories we grew up reading in our youth. We also learn a lot about the importance of sacrifice and obedience in these scriptures. When it comes to marriage, sacrifice is obviously a huge part. But something that I find so comforting is that we don’t have to do it alone. In The Family: A Proclamation to the World, it says:

“Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”

But what about when this is hard to do? What about when we feel like we are struggling in our marriages? I believe that we can find the greatest happiness in our marriages. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t pain as well. But, if we keep the Lord’s commandments and work hard to keep our covenants, I know that the Lord will help us through these difficult times.

In Joshua 1:9 it says, “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with the, whithersoever thou goest.” Did you hear that? The Lord can be with us wherever we go! This means that even when our marriages feel far from perfect, the Lord can be with us. When we have faith, and are strong and have the courage to keep going, the Lord will help us through any trial.

Divorce is becoming more and more accepted as time goes on. While the divorce rate for members of the Church is substantially lower than the rest of the population, it is still alarming that the divorce rate is nearly 50% for the general public. But what if instead of giving up on our marriages, we turned to the Lord for help? While some marriages may be beyond saving, many are not. In the Old Testament we learn of sacrifice. In Joshua we learn that the Lord will help us do hard things.

In this Mormon Message, Elder Dallin H. Oaks teaches us about the importance of saving and healing our marriages and how if we turn to the Lord, He will help us to do just that.

I can testify that when we have faith and are “strong and of a good courage,” the Lord can, and will, help us through any trials that we may face. He wants our marriages to succeed, and if we ask, He will be with us “whithersoever” we go.

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