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President Gordon B. Hinckley

President of the church

When all is said and done there is no association richer than the companionship of husband and wife, and nothing more portentous for good and evil than the unending consequences of marriage.

"There is no other arrangement that meets the divine purposes of the Almighty. Man and woman are his creations. Their duality is his design. Their complementary relationships and functions are fundamental to his purposes. One is incomplete without the other."

Some men in the spirit of arrogance, think they are superior to women. They don't seem to realize that they would not exist without the mother who gave them birth.

"Every woman is a daughter of God. You cannot offend her without offending him. I plead with the men of this church to look for and nurture the divinity that lies within their companions. To the degree that happens there will be harmony, peace, enrichment of family life, nurturing love."

Divorce is not the cure to most marital troubles. The cure lies in repentance and forgiveness and in expressions of kindness and concern. It is found in the Golden Rule.

"We can rise above the 'mean and beggarly elements' in our lives. We can look for and recognize the divine nature in one another which comes to us as children of our Father in Heaven. We can live together in the God-given pattern of marriage in accomplishing that of which we are capable, if we will exercise discipline of self and refrain from trying to discipline our companion."