11 And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed according to the multitude of the promises which the Lord had made unto them.
The Savior’s ministry to the ancient inhabitants of America changed the people who interacted with Him forever. Later in this chapter, Mormon tells us that there was no contention among them and that they stopped labeling each other (4 Nephi 1:15-17
). Earlier, he tells us that they had all things in common and eliminated poverty (4 Nephi 1:3
). I think it is significant that, in the middle of this description of the many ways they were blessed by the Savior, he mentions marriage.
L. Whitney Clayton called this verse “one of the sweetest verses in the Book of Mormon.” He went on to explain:
The promises of the Lord are extended to all those who follow the pattern of life that builds happy, holy marriage relationships. Such blessings come as the delightful, predictable consequences of faithfully living the gospel of Jesus Christ (“Marriage: Watch and Learn,” General Conference, April 2013).
Today, I will remember that a happy marriage is one of the blessings our Heavenly Father wants us to experience. I will recommit to apply the principles of the gospel within my marriage relationship, including humility, kindness, and Christlike service, knowing that these principles are the key to our marital happiness.
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