|A Doc Chritensen painting. [Notice the elderly man to the right]|
So what does this have to do with Manly Men? In last April Conference, Elder Walter Gonzalez of the Seventy said in his talk, "Love is a powerful influence to our hearts in our effort to be obedient....Love for a mother, father, or spouse can also inspire or obedience to gospel principles." That came together for me due to noticing the activity patterns of men as stated above.
Speaking of the job, I have had a couple of occasions when I have had work that interfered with my church attendance. I know it was hard for my wife during those times, but nevertheless she went to church and participated regularly. Which brings up the companion observation that I notice that women--whose husbands are not members, are not faithful attenders or who are ill--much more regularly find their way to church. What do we Manly Men need to do to match the commitment to the gospel that the women of our church often seem to have?
Surely it is acceptable to allow our love for our wife to encourage us to be more consistent in following the Savior by doing many of the things that we are instructed and directed by the scriptures and the leaders of the church. That of course would include attending church, the temple, having family scripture study, home evening and prayers in the home. Surely that is one reason we marry a righteous woman so that we can benefit from her influence to help us be a better man.
|Wife helping husband reach higher|
"Lovest thou me?"
"Follow me" (John 21:15-19)
Let us develop our love for the Savior separate and in conjunction with our wife, so that our wife and family can depend on us to be Manly Men even when she or they may not be able to provide the support and encouragement that may be desired.