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Why Communication in Marriage Matters

By Mormon.org
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Communication Matters

Consider what a marriage bereft of communication would look like. Limited talking would leave both parties in the dark regarding the other’s thoughts and emotions. Limited touch would leave both parties longing for tender affection. Without spending time together or serving one another, marriage partners would be left feeling unimportant to their spouse. Communication matters because it saves couples from having to walk the sometimes difficult road of life alone. Healthy communication in marriage is fun and exciting. It’s just the thing to keep the flame of love burning strong.

Counsel Together

Talk about your future—not just your future, but the one that contains both of you. It’s OK to have your own dreams, but be sure to share them with your spouse. Talk about your finances, your family, your home, your faith. Create a shared plan and commit to supporting one another on the climb to reach your potential. Become one, as God intended you to be (see Genesis 2:24).

Hold One Another

There are many types of communication and each kind contributes to a healthy marriage. Human touch communicates volumes, and there are many health benefits that come from being physically close. Touch can express love, tenderness, compassion, empathy, support, affection, and so much more. Your spouse will always feel your adoration if you consistently express your feelings this way.

A Touch Experiment: The next time you have a disagreement with your spouse, commit to maintaining physical contact throughout the argument (this must be an agreed resolution strategy by both parties beforehand). It is difficult to argue while touching. Either the argument or the contact will have to go—the objective is to throw out the argument in favor of the physical contact.

Spend Time Together

Life is busy. It can be difficult to schedule time for your marriage, but quality time is vital and will consistently remind you of the reasons you fell in love in the first place. A spouse can be a best friend, a confidant, a sounding board, a support system, a refuge, and quite literally your favorite person. Make time. Put it in the calendar if you must. God was right when He said it isn’t good for man (or woman) to be alone (see Genesis 2:18).

Serve One Another

The little things you do will make your spouse feel loved. By simple observation, you can discover what matters to them and help with it. The possibilities are endless—and that means you have an endless supply of new and exciting ways to say “I love you.” So start watching today and provide some custom love for your spouse. It will make all the difference in your relationship, and you’ll begin to see why communication really matters to your marriage.

Mutual faith in the Savior Jesus Christ also has immense power to strengthen your marriage. Attending church with your spouse will bring you closer to each other and to the Savior as you each begin to experience His love. Click here to find a meetinghouse near you.