Have you found "the one"? Are you really ready for marriage? How can you create a lasting marriage?
The eternal significance of the questions of how to find—and become—a great marriage partner can feel overwhelming. With humor and warmth, LDS family therapist and BYU Marriage Preparation Teacher Dr. Mark Ogletree presents principles of marriage preparation that address the questions and concerns of today's young single adults.
Within a framework of gospel teachings and real-life examples, readers are invited on a step-by-step exploration of the path toward wedded bliss. First, cultivate a foundational understanding of the doctrine behind making and keeping temple covenants. Next, develop the dating skills that can lead to temple marriage. And finally, understand how to determine if you've found the person you could spend eternity with. Find inspiration in success stories—and cautionary tales—as you learn to unravel the mysteries of matrimony.
Overall, this book offers a lot great advice. (Especially chapters 5&6!!!) However, I felt that a lot of it is geared towards a very select audience. His perspective is that 21 year olds aren’t getting married because they have grown lazy and overly dependent on parents that always bail them out financially., and because they seek a “perfect” companion that doesn’t exist. I have witnessed that this is sometimes true, but not always. He does not consider that many of the 21 year olds in the Church are returned missionaries who are only in their second year of college when he describes the importance of finding a spouse who has completed as much education as possible or one who is prepared to financially support a family. Young people are chastised for not being serious about marriage and making it a top priority, but then also given a list of ideal traits that many married people don’t develop until their late 30’s. This only makes marriage more intimidating for a generation full of young adults who struggle with insecurities. The book lacks a hopeful emphasis for couples who are not perfect now, but wanting to improve. There were many conflicting ideas. I would not recommend it to my single friends who are doing everything they need to be doing to find a worthy spouse, but have not had such luck yet. I would maybe recommend it to young people who are just beginning to date people seriously.