Testifying of Christ Through Missionary Work

Written by Carl Bohman for a sacrament meeting talk on December 16, 2018, to be delivered to the Vint Hill Ward of the Gainesville Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The actual talk, as delivered, was an abbreviated version of this, but covered many of the most important points and messages.


Today I wish to speak directly to the young men.  So, if anyone sees a young man not paying full attention out there, feel free to give them a helpful little nudge.

Relationships are a two-way street

Relationships are a two-way street.
It is only fair to expect a lot from someone you are willing to give a lot to.
Hold another to high standards only if you are willing to abide by at least the same standards.
God also has high standards (be ye perfect), but is also filled with compassion, mercy, and love towards all of us (who will never meet those standards without the atonement of Christ).
You should never, ever "settle," but be sure to be realistic.
The way you judge others is the way you will be judged, so judge righteously.

The Marriage Box

Most people get married believing a myth--that marriage is a beautiful box full of all the things they have longed for: companionship, sexual fulfillment, intimacy, friendship. The truth is that marriage, at the start, is an empty box. You must put something in before you can take anything out. There is no love in marriage; love is in people, and people put it into marriage. There is no romance in marriage; people have to infuse it into their marriages.

A couple must learn the art and form the habit of giving, loving, serving, praising--keeping the box full. If you take out more than you put in, the box will be empty.

The only love language

There is only one love language.

You heard me right.  Despite all of the books, articles, experts, etc. out there promoting some other number (usually five), there has been, is now, and will always be only one love language.

I know this is a rather bold claim.  To be perfectly honest, I have read all of "The 5 Love Languages" [amazon 080241270X inline] and do agree with many of the principles and ideas it contains.  However, I still maintain that, when all is said and done, there is only one love language:

50 Days of Disney Music

In case any of you missed it a few summers back (2010), Disney gave away 50 free MP3s.  I downloaded nearly all of them at the time, but missed a few.  I managed to locate them online here: http://www.laifamily.com/Disney/disney.html.

There are quite a few really good classics here. Enjoy.

Here's the track listing (from the external website, which provides the download links for each song):