Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Marital Fidelity

I find myself watching the world today with increasing concern. Nothing is thought of a man "just looking" at a pretty woman, or of two co-workers of opposite gender spending time together outside of work. Same-gender couples are clamoring for "equal rights." The family is crumbling, and people are wondering why. The answers lie in the revelations that have been given.

"The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity." The Family: A Proclamation to the World, Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102.

This means: 1. Marriage is designed to be for hetero-sexual couples only. 2. Children are not to be born out of wedlock. 3. Complete fidelity is essential to the happy family that the children are entitled to.

"There are those married people who permit their eyes to wander and their hearts to become vagrant, who think it is not improper to flirt a little, to share their hearts and have desire for someone other than the wife or husband. The Lord says in no uncertain terms: 'Thou shalt love thy wife with all they heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else' (D&C 42:22). And, when the Lord says all thy heart, it allows for no sharing nor dividing nor depriving. And, to the woman it is paraphrased: 'Thou shalt love thy husband with all thy heart and shalt cleave unto him and none else.' The words none else eliminate everyone and everything. The spouse then becomes preeminent in the life of the husband or wife, and neither social life nor occupational life nor political life nor any other interest nor person nor thing shall ever take precedence over the companion spouse." Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle (1972), 142-43.

This means: 1. No wandering eyes. It is NOT ok to "just look". 2. No wandering hearts. The spouse needs to come before anything and anyone else. Period.

I really believe that when we put our marriage and family first, all else will fall into place in our lives. Society can only be strengthened one family at a time, so it is time that we all do our family's part and watch what happens. Society may continue to deteriorate, but at least we'll then have a safe shelter from the storm.

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