There is a principle that needs to be understood, and let me take just a moment to explain it to you.
To really succeed, your eternal marriage must be Christ centered. My secretary picked up the telephone and buzzed me.
Let me tell you an experience I had several years ago. She said, “There’s a couple here, Elder Pinnock, that you have been assigned to talk with.” I could tell she was very nervous, and I said, “Have them in.” A man and a woman came into my office. He began pounding on my desk, “Tell her I have the priesthood, and she’s to do what I tell her to do.” The first thing I said was, “Stop pounding on my desk.” The second thing I said was, “Brother, you do not have the priesthood.” “Oh, yes, I do.
A boyfriend or girlfriend who does not have a wholesome respect for regulations during the dating process will often continue to break the rules after the word yes at the altar is spoken.
Seek out those who are willing to live the rules because if you do not, we will spend time with you in offices in whichever ward or stake you live, attempting to work out the difficulties that will surely come.
The emotions I feel are the deepest love and respect for you and the excitement for your futures as someday you will sit where we now sit and speak where we now speak and lead in areas where we have led, but in many areas where we have not yet led.