Every couple begins their marriage with the goal of eternal happiness; however, we often run into roadblocks on our way to happily ever after. This presentation, given originally at BYU’s annual Family Expo conference, offers practical ideas for achieving marital harmony. Dr. Terrance Olson from the Marriage, Family, and Human Development department at BYU says, “Married couples often wish they could have more open communication. But what they really deserve is open hearts. I believe that it is possible to not have contention, but it begins in our hearts and not in our words.” Dr. Olson then describes a powerful model of “soft heartedness” that couples can use to increase the harmony in their marriage.
Includes bonus video-Fanny’s Dream by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
In this inventive take on the traditional Cinderella tale, Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl with a big dream. Someday, she believes, she will marry a prince. When the town mayor announces he is throwing a grand ball, Fanny is convinced her time has come. She puts on her best calico dress and goes out to the garden so that she’ll be ready when her fairy godmother arrives. As the seconds tick by, Fanny waits and waits. Finally, she hears a voice. It isn’t her fairy godmother-but it is someone who will change her life forever. Fanny’s Dream is a fun and light reminder that with the right perspective, life can have a happy ending.
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