Quotes Encouraging Dating and Marriage

Quotes Encouraging Dating and Marriage Throughout the years general authorities have given quotes encouraging us to date, search for, and marry. Is it harder to do so today compared to earlier times? I would say so. Inflation makes dating and marriage more difficult than in the past. Affording houses, cars, kids, etc. is tougher than the past. Too often as well, expectations are high on partners in dating and relationships too and can require jumping through some hoops. Having reasonable expectations, being willing to put effort in, and being willing to take a chance are all requirements for success. Working through past failures and pains are also issues for many. In spite of these challenges and obstacles, dating and marriage are still the ideals promoted in the church. In this article I am going to share three solid general authority quotes promoting dating and marriage. The hope is to help attitudes, efforts, and priorities move towards these ideals.

General Authority Quotes:

Be wise and prepared while dating towards marriage; there will probably never be a great time financially to date and marry:
Again, may I speak frankly? The track that leads to marriage passes through the terrain called dating! Dating is the opportunity for lengthy conversations. When you date, learn everything you can about each other. Get to know each other’s families when possible. Are your goals compatible? Do you share the same feelings about the commandments, the Savior, the priesthood, the temple, parenting, callings in the Church, and serving others? Have you observed one another under stress, responding to success and failure, resisting anger, and dealing with setbacks? Does the person you are dating tear others down or build them up? Is his or her attitude and language and conduct what you would like to live with every day?

That said, none of us marry perfection; we marry potential. The right marriage is not only about what I want; it’s also about what he or she—who’s going to be my companion—wants and needs me to be. Your responsibility now is to be worthy of the person you want to marry. If you want to marry a wholesome, attractive, honest, happy, hardworking, spiritual person, be that kind of person.

If you don’t have abundant resources, don’t worry. A wonderful Church member recently told me, “I didn’t raise my children on money; I raised them on faith.” There is a great truth to that. Begin exercising your faith in every area of your life. If you don’t, you will suffer what I would call “faith atrophy.” The very strength needed to exercise your faith will be diminished. So exercise your faith every day, and you will “wax stronger and stronger … and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ.”
Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World
Elder Robert D. Hales
General Conference, October, 2015

Marriage--created by God as the ideal way for us:

The social science case for marriage and for families headed by a married man and woman is compelling. And so “we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.” But our claims for the role of marriage and family rest not on social science but on the truth that they are God’s creation. It is He who in the beginning created Adam and Eve in His image, male and female, and joined them as husband and wife to become “one flesh” and to multiply and replenish the earth. Each individual carries the divine image, but it is in the matrimonial union of male and female as one that we attain perhaps the most complete meaning of our having been made in the image of God—male and female. Neither we nor any other mortal can alter this divine order of matrimony. It is not a human invention. Such marriage is indeed “from above, from God” and is as much a part of the plan of happiness as the Fall and the Atonement.
Why Marriage, Why Family
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
General Conference, April, 2015

The best choice is temple marriage, so please strive for this ultimate goal:
The best choice is a celestial marriage. Thankfully, if a lesser choice has previously been made, a choice can now be made to upgrade it to the best choice. That requires a mighty change of heart and a permanent personal upgrade. Blessings so derived are worth all efforts made.

The full realization of the blessings of a temple marriage is almost beyond our mortal comprehension. Such a marriage will continue to grow in the celestial realm. There we can become perfected. As Jesus ultimately received the fulness of the glory of the Father, so we may “come unto the Father … and in due time receive of his fulness.”

Celestial marriage is a pivotal part of preparation for eternal life. It requires one to be married to the right person, in the right place, by the right authority, and to obey that sacred covenant faithfully. Then one may be assured of exaltation in the celestial kingdom of God.
Celestial Marriage
By Elder Russell M. Nelson
General Conference, October, 2008

Final Thoughts:
If you don’t prioritize dating and marriage, it probably won’t happen. If you do prioritize and work towards dating, relationships, marriage, and ultimately celestial marriage, it will happen eventually. Either sooner or later in this life, or even in the next life. Please strive to achieve these ideals beginning right…now. Because “…neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Dr. G
P.S. If you have any questions, comments, or a future article request for me, feel free to contact me at drgilchrist@yahoo.com.

2024-05-26 Randy Gilchrist Dating, Healthy relationships

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Hello, my name is Dr. Randy Gilchrist (aka "Dr. G"). I am a licensed clinical psychologist, a licensed marriage & family therapist, and a certified hypnotherapist in private practice in Roseville, CA (www.dr-rg.com), practicing since 1997. Also, I am happily married in the temple (Manti) since 1996 and have 4 sons. I am a volunteer writer and contributor to LDS Dimension. I use my training, education, and experience to share insights with LDS Dimension on all things of interest to the LDS dating community. Please read my articles and columns on this site to assist you in your online dating journey. Also, to be considered for an answer in a future Q and A column, please email me your dating/relationship oriented questions to drgilchrist@yahoo.com. Finally, I also offer a powerful, effective worldwide custom hypnosis recording service just for LDS Dimension members for weight loss, pornography, and many other issues of concern to those in the LDS dating community (please learn more now at www.dr-rg.com/lds; email me questions to drgilchrist@yahoo.com).