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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