Love is in the air this February 14th. Impress your beloved with these little-known facts about love.
Light the candles and get out the love poems--it's Valentine's day! If you need some conversation tidbits to impress your special someone tonight, we got the scoop on marriage, love, weddings just for you. Check out what we found:
The History of Love
- The English word love comes from the same root as Sanskrit lubhyati, meaning “desire.”
- The first recorded wedding rings appeared in ancient Egypt. The circular bands represented several things, including eternity and the powerful Egyptian sun and moon deities.
- The ancient Greeks believed that the fourth finger on the left hand contained the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” which supposedly ran straight to the heart. This is why wedding rings are worn on the left “ring” finger.
When mother of three Jenny Lynn suffered a massive brain stem stroke, doctors encouraged her husband, Mark, to remove her from life support. But for the Lynns, eternal marriage means more than temporal comfort—it means hope, love, and sacrifice.
“Go . . . to . . . the . . . temple.” Those were the first words Jenny Lynn communicated to her husband, Mark, on March 19, 2004. Words that took an agonizing 12 minutes to convey. Thirteen letters that formed the most powerful and miraculous words for Mark and their children.
Mark and Jenny first met on a blind date nine years earlier in December of 1993 at Brigham Young University. Mark grew up in Idaho and was majoring in psychology. Jenny, a native of Illinois, was studying elementary education and music.
“I liked him right away,” Jenny recalls. “I thought he was too attractive for a blind date. Funny thing is I always had a ‘thing’ for redheads but had never dated one until him!”
“I took her to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional in the Salt Lake Tabernacle,” Mark says. “She was so easy to talk to. I made sure I asked her out on a second date when I walked her to her door at the end of the first. I didn’t want this one to get away.”
Jenny loved the theater; Mark preferred the mountains. Jenny lived for Broadway; Mark enjoyed hiking. Despite their differences, they learned no matter what the activity, if they were together, they were happy. One year later, they were sealed in the Chicago Illinois Temple, which was a natural choice for the couple, Mark says, and “a beautiful start to a great relationship.”
Creating a family bonding experience is a very personal decision, and for the Orton family it means leaving everything behind to set sail in a 38’ sailboat.
Whether it’s doing a puzzle or sailing or flying to St. Maartin, there are countless ways to create a strong family bond while the kids are still at home.
And for the Orton family, time together with all five kids at home is running out, making this the perfect time to take the family trip they have planned for over six years. “Life moves fast,” Erik Orton records on the family blog, “This is our last year before our kids start leaving for college, missions, marriage, etc. All good things, but life will change. We want one last chance to be together as a family before we move into that next chapter.” So where is their six-month ultimate family experience taking them? Try somewhere in the Caribbean on a 38’ catamaran boat they’ve named Fezywig.
It isn’t every day that you hear a tale of a family picking up and leaving everything to live on a little boat, away from wifi and friends, but despite expectations, Orton told LDS Living in an interview before they set sail this past weekend that they have had an enthusiastic and encouraging response: “I think the response that has been most unexpected is that people will send us a note or talk to us and say 'You know, this is so great. I’ve always wanted to do _______ and seeing you do this with your family just makes me feel like I can do the thing that I want to do.'” Orton adds of their experience that “it kind of sparks something in [others], which is really wonderful to see and be a part of.”
It may be February, but for Young Women leaders everywhere, it’s already time to start thinking about girls’ camp.
When you're planning Young Women's camp, one of the hardest tasks is coming up with a theme. They can range from spiritually uplifting to downright goofy, but we’ve found that the most memorable ones are a combination of both. Check out these great ideas for inspiration!
Light the Fire Within: Girls Camp Olympics