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“Contents,” Ensign, Sept. 1981


September 1981

Volume 11 Number 9

On the cover: Photography by Eldon K. Linschoten. See pages 33–48 for several articles on marriage.

Marriage depends first and always on the two spouses, who can always make their marriage successful and happy if they are determined, unselfish, and righteous.

The formula is:

First, there must be the proper approach toward marriage, which contemplates the selection of a spouse who reaches as nearly as possible mature development in all the matters that are of importance to the individuals.

Second, there must be great unselfishness, directing of the family life and all pertaining thereunto to the good of the family.

Third, there must be continued courting and expressions of affection, kindness, and consideration to keep love alive and growing.

Fourth, there must be the living of the commandments of the Lord as defined in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

With these ingredients properly mixed and continually kept functioning, it is quite impossible for misunderstandings to continue or for breaks to occur.

—President Spencer W. Kimball

Inside front cover: Promises, by Judith Mehr, 30″ by 36″, oil on canvas, 1980. Located in the Church Historical Department.

Inside back cover: Endowment House, by Cornelius Salisbury, 23″ by 32″, oil on canvas, 1963. Located in the Church Historical Department.