Once in an interview President Gordon B. Hinckley was asked what he wished for his his wife, to which he responded "That we might live together for as long as the Lord wills and that when the time comes for us to move on, that we might go together or very close together, without one lingering a long time after the other. We've lived together for a long time. I hope we'll continue to move on together." These two were so cute together and a real LDS love story. They were often seen holding hands, walking together and smiling; You could just see the love they had for each other simply from looking at them. Never did you see one walking in front of the other, pulling the other along for the ride, or even leave the other behind. Together they walked through life side by side hand in hand as equal partners.
"Research has demonstrated that couples who have an equal partnership have happier relationships, better individual well-being, more effective parenting practices, and better-functioning children. Researches have consistently found that couples who share power are more satisfied and have better overall marital quality than couples where one spouse dominates......"
(Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives)
When we get married we are entering into a kind of contract, whether it be an earthly or heavenly, that we have certain obligations to uphold in order to keep that contract strong. The Family: A Proclamation to the World
outlines these responsibilities:
HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3
). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.
Marriage, in its truest sense, is a partnership of equals, with neither exercising dominion over the other, but, rather, with each encouraging and assisting the other in whatever responsibilities and aspirations he or she might have
Gordon B. Hinckley
Tenderness and respect—never selfishness—must be the guiding principles in the intimate relationship between husband and wife
Howard w. Hunter
True love is a process. True love requires personal action
Marvin J. Ashton