“All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Winston Churchill

Saturday, January 9, 2010

True Love

"Du Blave", as Max said in "Princess Bride" means, "to bluff". Farmboy Wesley was obviously saying "true love", an inspiring and powerful motivating force in the world. I've had the opportunity now as bishop to perform four weddings. They were all motivated by true love and the young couples involved have great hopes for the future. I counselled each one to remember the love they felt that day, but to depend more on their commitment to keep their covenants than to count on 'true love' keeping them happy. We all go through periods of up and down in our feelings for our spouses. That does not mean that we do not love them, but it can be distracting and allow the temptor to entice us with younger and happier, or freedom, or whatever we may be vulnerable to.

This morning I had the opportunity to assist in vicarious sealing for time and eternity. The power exercised there and the promises given reminded me of the weddings I had performed. Those weddings were beautiful and provided an opportunity for great expressions of love and commitment. Covenants were made and happiness and joy are in store for the couples involved. What struck me this morning were the promises that were not, and could not, be made by me. There was no promise of sealing power extended through the eternities, no blessings in the celestial kingdom, no promise of family associations in heaven, no intimation of eternal increase. Still, those who make marriage covenants these days are to be commended, and prayers should be extended that the light of Christ may yet lead them to the Temple.