Many of the TV . . . shows and stories of fiction end with marriage: “They lived happily ever after.” . . . We have come to realize . . . that the mere performance of a ceremony does not bring happiness and a successful marriage. Happiness does not come by pressing a button, as does the electric light; happiness is a state of mind and comes from within. It must be earned. It cannot be purchased with money; it cannot be taken for nothing.

Some think of happiness as a glamorous life of ease, luxury, and constant thrills; but true marriage is based on a happiness which is more than that, one which comes from giving, serving, sharing, sacrificing, and selflessness.

—President Spencer W. Kimball, “Marriage and Divorce,” Devotional Address, Sept. 7, 1976.

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