March 28, 2024
LILY Letter 154: Relationships & Holy Week

We hope this letter finds you in a place of peace and reflection as we observe Holy Week, a time when we remember the profound sacrifices of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some of you may currently be facing complexities in your relationships and perhaps the possibility of divorce, a decision that carries significant emotional and […]

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March 21, 2024
LILY Letter 153: How P*rn Impacts Relationships

Describing his father's dream, Nephi said, "I said unto them that the water which my father saw was filthiness; and so much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he beheld not the filthiness of the water" (1 Nephi 15:27). When we think about how to overcome pornography or any other vice, sometimes […]

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March 14, 2024
LILY Letter 152: Encore Marriage—Love's Resilient Journey

We recently watched a delightful film on Netflix called "Queen Bees." The story follows Helen, a spirited woman who, after a kitchen fire mishap, reluctantly moves to the vibrant Pine Grove retirement community. What initially seems like a setback soon unfolds into a journey of self-discovery, friendship, and love. Helen navigates the social intricacies of […]

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February 29, 2024
LILY Letter 151: The Stewardship to Heal What's Hurting

Sometimes people get divorced hoping to escape the pain that is inside of them. You may be one of these people, or perhaps were married to one. The problem with this thinking is that the pain lives inside of you, so you take it with you wherever you go. It isn't somehow transferred from another person […]

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February 22, 2024
LILY Letter 150: Growth in Hardship and Success

In this week's video, we discuss why God allows us to suffer pain. It's a natural human tendency when we are in a lot of pain to wonder why God would allow it if He loves us and wants us to have joy. In our faith, we are taught the plan of happiness - that […]

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February 14, 2024
LILY Letter 149: Love and Agency

As Valentine's Day has come once again, did you feel like you had a meaningful opportunity to celebrate a great relationship? Or did you think about one more year of singleness with a twinge of bitter longing? Did you perhaps, even let the holiday pass almost without notice and just try to avoid the whole […]

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February 8, 2024
LILY Letter 148: Was My Failed Marriage a Waste of Time?

I met my eternal companion when I was 48 years old and married her when I was 50--as in five decades! Or a half century! How do you suppose I feel about that? At age 56, I am healthier, wealthier, wiser, and more spiritual than I was 30 years ago at age 26 when I married […]

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January 26, 2024
LILY Letter 146: Getting Clear About Relationship Status

January 23rd was the sixth anniversary of our third first kiss. Less than four months later, we were sealed for time and all eternity in the Provo City Center Temple on 5/11/2018. You might be asking how a kiss could be a “first kiss” if it was “third.” If you’ve read our book, Intentional Courtship, you […]

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January 18, 2024
LILY Letter 145: Your Best Chance to Beat the Odds

"I am divorced because my former spouse 'went off the deep end,' 'had an affair,' or 'laid around in his underwear all day looking at porn instead of working.'" Or how about "I picked a better person this time, so things will be fine." How many times have we heard this kind of thinking in the mid-single […]

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