24 years ago, February 5th, my best friend and I were married. A special friend listened and did this write up for us after. I am so grateful that I have it.
Brother Seth L. Blood preformed the ceremony in the Salt Lake Temple. This is what she wrote…
Bother Blood counseled you to go back to the temple once a month to refresh your memories about the covenants you made there.
He referred to Section 131 of the Doctrine & Covenants, which states that without temple marriage it is not possible to attain the highest degree of glory in the celestial kingdom.
He told you that today you are organizing a new Priesthood unit, and they went on to discuss D&C 121:43.
“Reproving betimes with sharpness when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy.”
He said that at times you might have to reprove one another, but advised you not to forget to show an increased amount of love afterwards.
He told you, Marsha, that by entering into the covenant of marriage, you promise to obey Craig in righteousness. He counseled you, Craig, to make it easy for her by showing forth love and kindness. He also told you that just because she promised to obey, doesn’t mean that she comes in second place. You are partners, and you should help each other. He also advised you, Marsha, to help Craig magnify his Priesthood.
He stated that today you will covenant to receive each other, and that means that you must receive all of each other, both good and bad. He went on to say that in your marriage, you will find differences, which you should handle with love and concern for each other’s feelings. You were counseled to be open about your feelings, and try to take upon yourselves the good qualities of each other.
You were exhorted to go to the Lord with all of your problems, and ask for guidance, direction, faith, and strength. You were told that you’ll know when he answers, and you should move in that direction.
In closing, Brother Blood encouraged you to listen carefully to the very special and sacred blessings that would be pronounced upon you in the temple today.
When you knelt at the altar, Marsha, Brother Blood instructed Craig to “fan out your dress.” He commented that the train on your dress was “really a Hugh One”. He said that he wanted Craig to do something unusual for a purpose. He then told you, Craig, that you should continue, throughout your marriage, to go out of your way to do unusual things for Marsha.
That was the greatest day of my life. Who would have ever thought that it might not be 50+ years. I miss him so much, I know his pain is gone, but mine is still here. I do have all of my family and friends to help me get through each day.
Thank you to everyone.