Reflections on Marriage: X is for Xenial

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ABC’s for a Happy Marriage

In my reading, I occasionally come across an article that supports the advice I give in my book, ABC’s for a Happy Marriage: A Collection of Original Poetry and Biblical Scriptures.  The following quote is perfect for the letter X—Xenial:

Couples do well to immediately find their own home, separate and apart from that of the in-laws on either side. The home may be very modest and unpretentious, but still it is an independent domicile. Your married life should become independent of her folks and his folks. You love them more than ever; you cherish their counsel; you appreciate their association; but you live your own lives, being governed by your decisions, by your own prayerful considerations after you have received the counsel from those who should give it. To cleave does not mean merely to occupy the same home; it means to adhere closely, to stick together.

Excerpt from: “Oneness in Marriage,” President Spencer W. Kimball, March 1997.


means gracious hospitality,
a feeling that
emanates from your
marriage when you
separate from parents
to form your
own unique union,
then reach out
to others with
generosity and warmth.

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves…
Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
1 Peter 4: 8-9