January 17, 2012

boys and girls alike need to read this. trust me. prophets are inspired people. no more settling kids. girls, this is the kind of guy you deserve. and guys, this is who you want to be. i just love this so i had to share it, again. may your sunday be spiritually filled and uplifting to you all. 

living worthy of the girl you will someday marry.
                        
the girl you someday marry will take a terrible chance on you. she will give her all to the young man she marries. he will largely determine the remainder of her life. she will even surrender to his name... you have a tremendous obligation toward the girl you marry. perhaps you are not thinking much of that now. but the time isn't far away when you will think of it, and now is the time to prepare for that most important day of your lives when you take unto yourself a wife and a and companion equal with you before the lord... she will be yours and yours alone, regardless of the circumstances of your lives. you will be hers and hers alone. there can be eyes for none other. there must be absolute loyalty, undeviating loyalty one to another. hopefully you will marry her forever, in the house of the Lord, under the authority of the everlasting priesthood. through all the days of your lives you must be as true one to another as the polar star...

the girl you marry can expect you to come to the marriage altar absolutely clean. she can expect you to be a young man of virtue in thought and in word and in deed... i plead with you boys tonight to keep yourselves free from the stains of the world. you must not indulge in sleazy talk at school. you must not tell sultry jokes. you must not fool around on the internet to find pornographic material... the girl you marry is worthy of a husband whose life has not been tainted by this ugly and corrosive material... as for alcohol, stay away from it. it will do you no good... likewise, stay away from illegal drugs. they can absolutely destroy you. .. avoid profanity, it is all around you in school.... who would wish to be married to a man whose speech is laden with filth and profanity?

there is another serious thing to which many young men become addicted. this is anger. with the least provocation they explode into tantrums of uncontrolled rage. it is pitiful to see someone so weak. but even worse, they are prone to lose all sense of reason and do things which bring later regret... if you have a temper, now is the time to learn to control it. the more you do so while you are young, the more easily it will happen. let no member of this church ever lose control of himself in such an unnecessary and vicious manner. let him bring to his marriage words of peace and composure...

work for an education. get all the training that you can. the world will largely pay you what it thinks you are worth... be modest in your wants... the girl who marries you will not wish to be married to a tightwad. neither will she wish to be married to a spendthrift... she will wish to be married to someone who loves her, who trusts her, who walks beside her, who is her very best friend and companion. she will wish to be married to someone who encourages her in her church activity and in community activities which will help her to develop her talents and make a greater contribution to society. she will want to be married to someone who has a sense of service to others, who is disposed to contribute to the church and to other good causes. she will wish to be married to someone who loves the Lord and seeks to do His will. it is well, therefore, that each of you young men plan to go on a mission, to give unselfishly to your Father in Heaven a tithe of your life, to go forth with a spirit of total unselfishness to preach the gospel of peace to the world wherever you may be sent...

you will wish to be married on one place and one place only. that is the house of the Lord. you cannot give to your companion a greater gift than that of marriage in God's holy house, under the protective wing of the sealing covenant of eternal marriage. there is no adequate substitute for it. there should be no other way for you.... choose carefully and wisely. the girl you marry will be yours forever. you will love her and she will love you through thick and thin, through sunshine and storm. she will become the mother of your children...

and so, my dear young men, you may not think seriously about it now. but the time will come when you will fall in love. it will occupy all of your thoughts and be the stuff of which your dreams are made. make yourself worthy of the loveliest girl in all the world. keep yourself worthy through all the days of your life. be good and true and kind to one another... now is the time to prepare for the future. and in that future for most of you is a beautiful young woman whose greatest desire is to bond with you in a relationship that is eternal and everlasting... you will know no greater happiness than that found in your home. you will have no more serious obligation than that which you face in your own home. the truest mark of your success in life will be the quality of your marriage...

god bless you, my dear young men. i could wish for you nothing more wonderful than the love, the absolute total love, of a companion of whom you are proud and worthy in every respect. this choice will be the most important of all the choices you make in your life. i pray that heaven may smile upon you in the choice you make, and that you may be guided, that you may live without regret, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

an   excerpt  from Gordon B. Hinckley's talk
Ensign May 1998
-shine on,
glitter girl.

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