The Girl Of Our Dreams


One of the most touching and romantic statements I ever heard was spoken by Gordon B. Hinckley at a conference in October of 2004. In his remarks, referring to his then recently deceased wife he said:

“As I held her hand and saw mortal life drain from her fingers, I confess I was overcome. Before I married her, she had been the girl of my dreams… She was my dear companion for more than two-thirds of a century, my equal before the Lord, really my superior. And now in my old age, she has again become the girl of my dreams.” (“The Women In Our Lives”, Oct GC., 2004)

What a wonderful tribute to his wife. I’ve never forgotten the double reference to the fact that his wife was the girl of his dreams as a young man and once again after they were separated by death. His remarks got me to wondering, back then, and now, just how often husbands need to remind their wives that they are “the girl of their dreams?” I don’t know for sure, but the older I get, the clearer the answer has become; ‘Everyday!’ It is important that husbands take the time to express to their wives their love and devotion. For some husbands, that doesn’t come naturally! To express such love is portrayed by some to be a sign of weakness, but it isn’t! On the contrary, a real man recognizes that it is only with the support and love of his wife, that he is able to reach his full God-given potential. In my opinion, wrapping your love in Christian living solidifies and fortifies a marriage relationship.

The greatest and darkest moments of my life, have been shared while in the arms of my wife. While in them, I have gained strength, received comfort, been encouraged, and found the love of God! With her I have been a partner in creating life and forming the sacred unit called the family. Through her my dreams of becoming a husband and a father have been realized!

All of us husbands should remember that our wives need to be reminded on a daily basis that they are “the girl of our dreams.” By so doing we will remind them of why they entrusted to us their hearts, souls and lives! And who knows, with time, we might even become for them, “the boy of their dreams.”


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