Summary: Angilyn and Nate Bagley interview amazing LDS couples and marriage experts regarding how to create a passionate, connected, Celestial Marriage. If your're Mormon and your marriage is important to you, this podcast should be in your feed.
"We came from two different marriages, with two sets of children, two different lifestyles and careers... It was doing something difficult, and dangerous and emotionally challenging together that gave us something uniquely ours." - Georgia Anderson Mark and Georgia Anderson both experienced divorce after 20+ years in their previous marriages. In this episode, they share with us the unique challenges that come with dating after divorce, blending two sets of children, and creating a new family culture. They share the importance of creating a shared dream together, and how it has brought them closer together. It has given them an opportunity for growth and learning, and helped to make their marriage stronger than ever. We hope you enjoy the show!
Tyler and Danelle Beckstrand met in a college math class at Utah State University (go Aggies!) They got married in 2011 and graduated together a few years later. The plan was to have babies right away but they found themselves dealing with unexplained infertility. After six years of trying to build their family, they decided adoption was their next step. In this week's episode of the podcast, we sat down with Danelle and Tyler to talk about their journey with infertility. They shared with us the highs and the lows, the joys and the heartbreak. The overwhelming lesson to be learned: Don't ever stop hoping. Learn more of their story on the blog entitled "We Call it a Journey," which is meant to bring connection to those who are experiencing infertility, and perspective to those who are not. We hope you enjoy the episode. Please share it with as many people as you can!
"People don’t recover in treatment centers - people don’t recover in a buildings, or in jails. People recover in the context of relationships." - Jason Coombs In this week's episode of the podcast, we sat down to talk with Jason Coombs about the devastating effects of addiction in people's lives and how to help a loved one to recover. Jason opens up about his own story of recovery and the role is loved ones played in it. Check out his book, "Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover" for more information and resources.
What's the difference between a boundary and an ultimatum? How do you set clear boundaries and maintain them without hurting your marriage? Take a listen to find out!
Today we're going to give you some ideas regarding how to get your partner on board with making changes to your relationship. We get lots of questions about this topic. Today's episode was particularly inspired by this listener's question: "How do you get a spouse on board with ideas and follow through? Do I have to wait around until they're ready? I'm sick of waiting around for change, but also don't know how to go about it without my partner, because he's half of the relationship..."
It is easy to assume that if two spouses are living righteously - reading their scriptures, going to the temple, attending church - that everything in their marriage should magically work out. That's not how it works. In this episode of the podcast, we talked with Llyly and Manuel Valdes about the importance of being dedicated to lifelong learning. Early on in their marriage, they decided that they would seek as much information they could through books, counseling, and other resources in order to have the best marriage possible. "Information before Revelation" became one of their mantras. Give it a listen. We hope you enjoy!
Alisha Worthington is a clinical social worker and sex educator. Many parents send their newly engaged children to chat with Alisha before the big day. In this episode of the podcast, we sat down with her to discuss the most important advice she gives to Latter-Day Saints preparing for a sexual relationship in the near future. If you know of any engaged members of the church who would benefit from this information, give it a share!
Reconnecting head and heart - How relying on God can help you navigate mental illness in your life and in your marriage.
In this week's episode of the Podcast, we interviewed Bryce and Nellie Jurgensmeier (aka the Jurgy's) about their life and marriage as a full-time traveling RV family. A health scare in 2015 pushed them to finally pursue their dreams and adventure the world. They hope to not only create memories for themselves, but to inspire others to get out on adventures, too! Enjoy!
In this episode of the podcast, we sat down with Kim and Treagan White to talk about how living with cancer has transformed their marriage. They shared with us the ups and the downs, the beauty and the tragedy, the heartache and the joy. It’s been a complete rollercoaster of a ride for them. They shared with us the difficult lessons they’ve learned and the new outlook they have on life. In Kim's own words, "Life sucks sometimes, and that’s the honest truth. But, it’s the crappy parts - that type of devastation and that type of pain - that allows you to experience the purest form of joy in your entire life.”
"You come to know God through behavior, not ideas. It’s the way you act in our marriage that is a reflection of how much you understand God."
In this week's episode of the podcast, we take a question from a listener just like you! She expressed a concern with constantly feeling frustrated with her partner and what she could do to be more patient and understanding. Something we can all relate to at one point or another in our relationships! We discuss ways to make sure your own tank is full, how gratitude and compliments can help inspire change, and how to become aware of the stories you are telling yourself. We hope you enjoy! Make sure to reach out to us if you want your own questions answered on the show.
Every hero's journey begins in a similar way. Whether physically or metaphorically, the hero leaves behind the comfort and convenience of his or her home/old life to embark on an adventure in the unknown. Jake and Kristin Hodson did exactly this. They recognized that their lives were rapidly slipping from their control and they had to act fast to regain intentionality. They left behind the three deadly C's - consumption, convenience, and comfort - to spend a year living in Costa Rica with their family. Check out this week's episode to see how it has changed their lives so far!
In this week's episode of the podcast, we sit down with Marriage and Family Therapist Daniel Burgess to tackle the topic of sex, intimacy and masturbation in the context of a Celestial Marriage. The "M" word has become something similar to "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" in the lives of members of the church. Simply saying the word "masturbation" can bring up uncomfortable and awkward feelings. However, as Brené Brown so eloquently puts it, "Shame needs three things to grow exponentially in our lives: secret, silence, and judgement." In this episode, we take a step outside many of our comfort zones to discuss how masturbation fits (or does not fit) into the lives and marriages of members. If you have judgements, or strong opinions or feelings about masturbation, we invite you to listen to the podcast in its entirety before making a judgement about the conversation.
In this week’s episode of the podcast, we sit down with Celeste and Rich Davis from the Marriage Laboratory to talk about the importance of continuously experimenting in our marriages.