Sitting near the end of a parade once, my family was thrilled to see President Ezra Taft Benson step out of a car that had just completed the parade route.
We watched as President Benson slowly made his way around to open the car’s other door.
Taking his wife, Flora, by the hand, he assisted her out, and they walked arm in arm to a seat in the viewing stand.
We were all inspired by their obvious love for each other. The Bensons’ courtship stretched over seven years, more than four of which they spent apart, writing letters.
(Note: As soon as I say Christian dating guide, every single Christian reading this will think they are an exception and the timing noted does not apply to them. One of the strangest phenomenons that I have observed is that singles dating behavior is more common than most of us think.
I encourage you to not look for the “exception” but where you can build the type of Christian dating relationship that will serve you and your partner well for years to come.) 1.
Since we will be talking many things “early marriage” I thought it would be good to share a bit of my background, so that you understand what influences some of my thinking on this blog.
My husband and I are Kenyans but currently live in United States Here’s a typical Friendship-to-Wedding journey, Kenyan-style.
Essentially, the historical reality is that until 30 or 40 years ago, long, intimate friendships between men and women in which each served as the other's emotional confidante, relationship adviser and "best buddy" were far less common than they are today.
I still remember the early morning chill as we walked to meet with one of them every Tuesday morning.
) But our mentor’s input put us at a much better place to work out and navigate challenges.
I know I have many readers and subscribers that are older in marriage.
I pray that the tips and insights will refresh and refocus your journey too.