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Life Annotated


Why do we call it “Love and Laughter”? The Love part is pretty self explanatory–marriage is about love, right. But laughter? The struggles in marriage (both as an institution and in our individual lives) are real, and no laughing matter.  But as we started to prepare for this class,  Elder Joseph Wirthlin’s (a former LDS Apostle) talk about his mother’s counsel kept repeating in my head:

“She taught her children to trust in themselves and each other, not blame others for their misfortunes, and give their best effort in everything they attempted.When we fell down, she expected us to pick ourselves up and get going again. So the advice my mother gave to me then ….has stayed with me all my life. ‘Joseph,’ she said, ‘come what may, and love it.’

Marriage is designed as a crucible for learning and growing as individuals. Laughter is a great way to smooth out some of the rough edges. This is not something that necessarily comes easily to me, but when I practice injecting a sense of humor rather than a need to analyze and blame, hard things become a bit easier. Here’s a great section of Elder Wirthlin’s talk:
Learn to Laugh 
The first thing we can do is learn to laugh.
Have you ever seen an angry driver who, when someone else makes a mistake, reacts as though that person has insulted his honor, his family, his dog, and his ancestors all the way back to Adam? Or have you had an encounter with an overhanging cupboard door left open at the wrong place and the wrong time which has been cursed, condemned, and avenged by a sore-headed victim?
There is an antidote for times such as these: learn to laugh.
The whole talk is here:

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