Author: Tim Rarick

5 Reasons Why Marriage Matters

Marriage means different things to different people. For some, marriage is just a piece of paper. (In fact, the Pew Research Center found that almost 4 in 10 Americans think marriage is obsolete.) For others, marriage is a nice but perhaps unreachable ideal. And for others still, marriage is desirable but just hasn’t happened yet. (More Pew Research data found that about 6 in 10 unmarried Americans want to get married.) Regardless of what people think about marriage, here’s the question: Does marriage really matter? Is the institution of marriage obsolete, or is it something that can benefit individuals,...

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How to Live in Thanksgiving Daily

When the Book of Mormon missionary Amulek is teaching the poor Zoramites, the ones who have been kicked out of the very synagogues they built, he gives them some interesting counsel. First, he tells them that they don’t need a synagogue to worship. “Worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in,” he says (Alma 34:38). Good solution, Amulek. And then comes the interesting part. “Live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which [God] doth bestow upon you.” The many mercies and blessings? But weren’t these people in poverty, rejected by their community? And yet, Amulek...

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Seeing Family Trials with Eternal Perspective

It seems that every family has their share of hardships. And it makes sense, because as Elder Stanley G. Ellis just taught, “Hard is part of the gospel plan.” Some families deal with death or sickness, divorce, infertility, or financial difficulties. Some challenges are visible, while others are totally undetected. But interestingly enough, the difficulties themselves don’t make or break our families. In fact, trials can actually help a family grow closer together! So what makes the difference? How can a family grow stronger in spite of, or perhaps because of, their challenges? Perspective While it may seem like...

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4 Communication Patterns That Can Ruin Your Marriage

When I first got married, I’m pretty sure that everyone and their dog wanted to give me marriage advice. Some advice was practical. Some was silly. And some was just plain wise! As the advice poured in, I began to notice a simple but common theme: communication. The need to communicate openly, to talk about emotions, to make decisions together, to speak kindly to each other — these and more came up as important needs to address in marriage. Most people who gave me advice had little to no qualifications (other than being married themselves). But perhaps not surprisingly,...

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3 Tips for a Successful Summer

With warmer weather and no school, summertime is a kid’s paradise! (I’ll admit, I was definitely one of those kids who counted down the days to summer vacation.) While summer can be nice for parents too, it sometimes doesn’t seem like such a break. Between having kids home all day, juggling summer camps, and trying to keep bored children from spending too much time on the Wii, the summer definitely has its challenges. This summer, here are a few tips that may help you find balance and keep your sanity.  🙂   1. Work together   In the summer,...

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