Intro to Project:
I’m doing this project to demonstrate my skills with graphic design as well as my competence in writing. My targeted audience is the Ensign, an LDS church magazine for adults approximately ages 18+. I decided to write my article based on personal lessons I’m currently learning, but I decided against speaking in first person and wrote from a generic standpoint instead so the article comes off as more informative than as a testimonial. I wrote on necessary adjustments to be made as a newlywed. I believe there is a lot to explore on this topic so I really worked to narrow it down the the three emphasis I chose. I believe my article can be related to a young adult audience and is a relatively untouched subject. There seems to be much information on dating, preparing for marriage, and then long-term marriage advice but I’ve personally found little on adjusting to marriage from an LDS perspective. Below is my article along with the images I’ve chosen for my magazine spread. Enjoy!
Article: 3 Tips for Newlyweds
SUBTITLE: Getting married is one of the most celebrated life events, but once the flowers fade and the guests have all gone home there are a lot of major adjustments to be made. Here are 3 practical tips to serve as a guide after you get through the “I do”s.
INTRO: A new name, living with someone of the opposite gender, additional financial obligations, and balancing schedules are only a few possibilities of the kind of adjustments to be made after tying the knot. The Family: A Proclamation to the World offers excellent direction in the statement, “Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” The following are a few practical suggestions to implement the doctrine taught in The Family Proclamation:
- Family: Marriage provides an excellent opportunity to not only grow your family by adopting your spouse’s, it also allows for the development of a new kind of relationship with your own family. Despite the stereotypes that can surround in-laws, much benefit can be found from developing working relationships with your spouse’s parents, siblings, and extended family, but there is also the potential for overridden boundaries within family relations. As a new couple your family identity has shifted from being a child in your parent’s home to being an adult in your own. Decide as a couple what time is your own and how much and when you would like to involve your extended families. Communicate these boundaries respectfully and early, and then ask your families for the support that will be needed to help you create your own identity and family culture with your spouse.
- Social: Although it may be true that your husband or wife is your best friend, it is also important to develop and maintain friendships outside your marriage relationship. There are many ways to keep in touch with friends including updating social media, phone and text communication, video chat, and face-to-face visits. Schedule a lunch date with your friends or gather for a planned sports activity. Get to know other couples in your area and host a group date night or coordinate a service project. Along with your efforts outside your marriage, be intentional within your relationship by planning set-apart time to be together participating in edifying and engaging activities and pursuits. Be sure to communicate with your spouse about your emotional and social needs so you can find a balance and use these suggestions in moderation according to your circumstances and preferences.
- Spiritual: Living with another individual 24/7 can be challenging and quite the adjustment. Strive to develop an awareness of how to connect with your spouse spiritually as well as how to progress your own spirituality. It can be very beneficial to establish rituals that help you center your relationship and home on the gospel and on the Savior. A ritual is an intentional practice that all participants are aware of and committed to and includes suggestions such as the following: sitting down together for dinner, nightly and morning prayers as a couple, date nights and the celebration of anniversaries, or even sharing a hello/goodbye kiss. Strive to cultivate rituals that build your relationship with one another and with God. Proactively serve in your church callings and seek additional opportunities to reach out and be involved in the church as well as your community. Schedule your temple attendance and do all in your power to protect that sacred time from the many distractions that will arise. Share openly and often about lessons learned, impressions received, and prayers answered. Set spiritual goals and hold one another accountable in a fun or romantic way specific to your relationship.
CONCLUSION: Each marriage is as unique as the two individuals involved, but these suggestions will work as a catalyst in your efforts to develop a Christ-centered home and Christ-like marriage. Your greatest asset and guide as newlyweds is the direction provided by the guiding influence of the Holy Ghost. As you pray together and make Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ your chief counselors you will receive the answers that are specific to your concerns and needs in regards to safeguarding and fulfilling your sacred marriage covenant.