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The Raging Bonfire of Eternal Love That Burns In My Heart!


On the big and little screen ‘young love’ is portrayed with such vigor and excitement. Fireworks are going off literally and figuratively as the young couple shares their passion on screen with such velocity that is designed to take your breath away! The key word of course is ‘designed’ and the power of their love is most often tied into the physical. We are of course, physical beings, so this kind of attraction of love always strike a cord in our hearts. However, in a day and age of what I call, ‘easy love,’ the kind of love portrayed on the screen would lead one to believe that the power and passion found in love shared between a man and a woman is more physical than anything else. I have found through the years of my marriage with my wife, that while this physical attraction is important, it is merely the ‘ember’ that sparks the raging bonfire that develops when two commit to travel the road of life together through marriage, while allowing the spirit of the Lord to slowly lift them from the physical to the spiritual. While physical love is exhilarating, spiritual love is to die for!

Physical love, as everyone knows, but often forget, is temporary. Time takes its toll on us and no matter what we do, our bodies change and we are left with the ‘raw’ material and essence of ‘who we are!’ And although my wife is extraordinarily beautiful in my eyes, what I find most attractive about her is her! When I gaze into her brown eyes, I see 40 years of companionship. I see the young bride, the dutiful mother, the unbelievably supportive wife, the amazing professional and spiritual woman all rolled into one conglomerate I call my wife.

We have aged together through the years and my respect and honor reach far above the physical. When I see her I am lifted up to a sphere much higher! I am elevated and filled with the excitement of the possibilities of our life together well beyond earthly years. The possibilities of which, are endless, if you believe in an afterlife and the eternal nature of marriage and of love.

So today, as the Silver Screen celebrates love in all it’s physicality, I have yet to find images of the raging bonfire of eternal love that burns in my heart for my wife. And that is not surprising, because there is no way to communicate it via the images of man, because that kind of love can only be felt through a power that comes from a sphere much higher than this earthly life is able to offer!


The Closest Any Man Will Ever Come!


It doesn’t matter who it is,  or what they are laughing about, you are always drawn to it!  Laughter is the Pied Piper of human sounds that beckons you to come join in on the fun.  That being said,  such fun pales in comparison to the sound of your wife’s laughter as it echoes in your home.  The other day I was downstairs working on something,  when I heard her laughing.   And though I was in the middle of doing something else, I couldn’t help but stop and smile.  It didn’t take too long before I had to put down what I was doing and go see what amused her so.  And even though my wife doesn’t like her laugh, I love it.  Maybe it’s because hearing it always brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart.  And perhaps for a moment I am lost in the words of the poet, as quoted by Dieter Uchtdorf:

“I could feel the call of the poet to “[slip] the surly bonds of Earth and [dance] the skies on laughter-silvered wings.” (“Th Joy of the Priesthood, GC, Oct. 2012)

The Savior proclaimed:

“Blessed are ye that weep now, for ye shall laugh. (Luke 6:21)

Perhaps that is why I feel that:


So though we may find that weeping together is a part of this earthly journey,  the promise is that if we are faithful to our covenants with the Lord,  the sound of laughter will echo in our marriages throughout the eternities.


Our Love Is A Whirlwind On The Rise!


I never felt I would ever love someone like I do her! I just couldn’t imagine that kind of love! Sometimes I look over at her, and when she flashes a smile back at me, I know she can see right through me. She sees the ‘raw’ material of who I am. That used to scare me, but with time I have taken great comfort in knowing I am not alone in my being. She has become my best friend and the most constant star in the ever-changing constellation of my life. For others she is a shooting star that passes through their life, but, just for me, she is the stationary sun who lightens my life, brightens my day, and is the lifeblood to my every dream. She is the only one who is privy to my most intimate thoughts, desires and ambitions. She found her way into my head where even angels fear to tread.

The beauty of her illusion is that even though I know that my partnership with her is not perfect, and we certainly have a long way to go to become ‘one,’ I am still loving the view from the starship called marriage! And really, how can a woman get more gorgeous with each passing year? It defies the law of nature!

And it seems as the years go by that together, we have spent time on all the clouds starting with number one! And at times, with her by my side, I feel I have reached cloud number nine! It is a place I so desire, because I know that is where she will permanently reside. A paradise where we will find the ‘unspeakable’ joy and happiness that will both teach and inspire! (2 Corinthians 12:4) So with her hand firmly in mine, and the Savior’s grace to provide, our love is a whirlwind on the rise!


The ‘Hallelujah’ Wife! (My Feelings Are Not Unique)


I can still see her face when I first picked her up on a Saturday from her apartment on February 11th of 1978….. I remember dating her and never wanting to leave her. I missed her as soon as I walked out the door. I always loved being with her.  She made me feel like I was the most wonderful man in the world and that she thought I could take on anything.  In her eyes I could see that she thought I would become “The President of the United States,” the next prophet of the church, and Ward Cleaver, all rolled in one.

She turned out to be more than I thought possible in a mate. I have gained great respect for her and for the complete woman of God she has become. My Mom once said she reminded her of herself when she was a young mother. I can’t think of a greater compliment a woman could receive and one I fully endorse.

To me, she is the type of wife that every man deserves, but seldom gets.  A wonderful spouse who loves, honors, respects, supports, and loves her husband. No greater blessing could the Lord give to a man. I guess the best words to describe my thanks to the Lord for bringing her into my life is a simple refrain shouted at the dedication of temples, “Hallelujah!”

My feelings are not unique. There are still many marriages whose love for their spouse knows no bound, distance or time.  May all of us take the time to express our love and appreciation this Valentines Day to our spouses for all the sacrificies they have made on our behalf. A simple expression of, “Hallelujah,” to them, and to the Lord just might be the order of the day!

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