Gary Goodson, 82, told Slate, “the greatest thing I ever did was marry (my wife)” as he highlighted the importance of eternal marriage in the online magazine’s series “Interview With an Old Person” on Jan. 26.
"We believe in marriage not just for this life, but for the next life," said Goodson, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Goodson talked about how he met his wife at a church dance in Washington, D.C. Though she declined his offer to take her home, he later told his roommate, “I think I might’ve met my true love.”
He and his wife were married in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple on a day he said was probably the happiest day of his life. The couple has served three missions for the LDS Church and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, according to the article.
The couple now has 14 grandchildren.
“If I’d known grandchildren were so wonderful, I think I’d have skipped the children,” Goodson told Slate.
Goodson also used the interview as an opportunity to talk about the Book of Mormon, temple work and family history.
The 82-year-old is also active on Facebook and Twitter. See his post on Twitter following the interview below. Read the Slate's entire interview here.