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“Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” (Read more in The Family: A Proclamation to the World)
My husband always seems to be able to make a little room in our schedule and budget for quality memory making time with our family. We have tried to establish a lot of traditions to strengthen family ties and make life more fun. Traditional outings or activities for special occasions–or no occasion at all–don’t have to be elaborate or costly, they just require a conscious, consistent effort. Our hope is that making memories for our kids will provide us with powerful “magnets” to draw our family close and overcome anything that might try to pull us apart. Marriages need constant attention, as well, considering all the distractions intent on drifting couples apart.
Recently, the cast and crew of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, came to the mainland in celebration of their heritage and 50th anniversary. Their float was a favorite entry in the Parade in Salt Lake City celebrating heritage and the Mormon Pioneers of Utah. Over the rest of the week they made several local presentations of their evening show “Hã: Breath of Life.” Their island way of energizing the crowd is evidence that they genuinely love life and love what they do.
They performed at a gorgeous outdoor venue at the university campus near our home, providing my husband with the anniversary surprise opportunity he was looking for. He did not disappoint! Sure, we would have preferred to see it on the island, but as that wasn’t in the realm of possibility, the music, costumes, and the countenances of the cast members are an anniversary memory we’ll both treasure. It was the closest we’ve been to a tropical vacation in our years together.
(Pictures actually don’t do justice to the spectacular performance, but you can see that the colors and costumes were stunning.)
The Fire Dancers were a highlight in the middle of the show, leaving us thirsty for more. The fire dance represented the young man’s passage into adulthood–and the beginning of his love for a young lady.
The Young Man marries his bride and assumes the role of defender and protector of his own family, and the story ends when his child takes her first breath of life.
Rejuvenated and inspired with hope it shouldn’t be hard to remember that investing time in wholesome recreational activities with the ones I love is really worth the effort!