Actions:
Marriage
Salvation
Courtship:
Individuals seek out the person that they want to spend the rest of their lives with.
Christ seeks out the person whom He wants to spend His live and all Eternity with.
Proposal from one to the other:
Proposal is made from one individual to the other to pledge to live their lives together and to act as one.
Proposal is made by God, to each of us, to blend our lives with His.  He pledges to live within our hearts if we are willing to accept His gift of love.  His proposal also includes living together throughout all Eternity, if we remain faithful in this life.
Acceptance by each one:
Both parties must agree to the conditions proposed and express a willingness to try to please each other.
Both parties must agree to the conditions proposed and express a willingness to try to please each other.
The Wedding:
The wedding.  A public ceremony where friends will witness the pledges and commitments, made publicly to accept the proposal and share their lives, in union of purpose and will.
The Baptisms (Water and the Spirit).  A public ceremony where friends will witness the pledges and commitments, made publicly to accept the proposal and share their lives, in union of purpose and will.
Living a Commitment for Life:
The act of living and serving each other as long as there is life in our bodies.
The act of living and serving each other as long as there is life in our bodies.
Works or Grace?{short description of image}
You cannot earn love and respect by works.  You have to accept love from the other partner as a gift.  Can you keep that love without working and making commitments?  NO!
You cannot earn God's love by works.  God's love is a free gift.  Can you keep that love without working and making commitments?  NO!
Can you earn love and respect?{short description of image}
Can you earn love by cleaning the house, cooking, mowing the lawn, washing the car, working to provide an income, entertaining or giving parties.  Doing these things can build your companions love or add to it, but if you don't do these works then you will kill that love that was given so freely.
Can you earn love by going to Church, helping the poor, giving money to those in need, being kind to others or preaching the gospel.  Doing these things can build God's love for you or add to it, but if you don't do these works then you will kill that love that God has so freely given.
Success is defined as:
Fulfilling each of these steps in the process of married life and remaining faithful until death.  Breaking the pledges or commitments could result in the failure of the relationship.
Fulfilling each of these steps in the process of joining our lives with His and remaining faithful until the end of this mortal life.  Breaking the pledges or commitments could result in the failure of the relationship.

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