Preparing for Your Celestial Marriage

by Mark D Ogletree

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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.

About the Author

Mark D Ogletree

Mark D. Ogletree was raised in the great state of Texas, and joined the Church at age eighteen. He served an LDS mission from 1982–1984 in the Washington Seattle Mission. After returning home from his mission, Mark attended Brigham Young University where he earned a BA in 1987. He earned two MA degrees from Northern Arizona University, one in education in 1990; and one in mental health counseling in 1994. He earned a PhD in family and human development from Utah State University in May 2000. Mark taught in the Church Educational System for twenty-one years, serving as a seminary instructor and principal, as an institute instructor, and as the director of the Institute of Religion in Dallas, Texas. He has also presented marriage and family workshops in the private sector, as well as at BYU Education Week. Presently, Mark is an associate professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses on living prophets and preparing for marriage. Mark has also worked in private practice for over twenty years as a marriage and family therapist. He is the coauthor of several books on marriage and family issues, including First Comes Love and its sequel, Then Comes Marriage (coauthored with Douglas E. Brinley), and Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Book of Mormon (Coauthored with Dennis H. Leavitt, Richard Christensen, et al.). Mark has also published chapters in other books, journals, and the Ensign. Mark is married to the former Janie Cook. They are the parents of eight children and have three grandchildren. In addition to church activities, Mark enjoys playing racquetball, softball, golf, remodeling his home, and taking trips to the lake with his family.

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Some good advice
By , Submitted on 2019-07-16

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.

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