Monday, April 17, 2023

Post Index


Keeping your Word 

 Dress Like a Man 

 Too Many Meetings? 

 Do Sins Stink? 

 When Church Runs Long 

 When Compassionate Service Goes Wrong 

 Hey, is that your dad? 

 I don’t Need a Reservation 

 Praying for the Hairstyle 


 Sleeping in Church 

 Assembling IKEA 

 The Christmas List Box (a parody) 

 Smart Toilets, Technologic Wonder or Not? 

 Food Storage 

 My First 5K 

 Rumor Olympics 

 Near Death Experience 

 Blessing on the Food 

 Sacrament Meeting Land Rush 

 Hunting for a Christmas Tree 

 The Sex Talk with Your Kid 

 Practical Joke Gone Wrong 

 Arrive Home Safely 

 Weight Loss Success 

 Saturday is a Special Day 

 Runaway Horse 

 Here, Hold My Purse 

 Fathers and Sons 

 When a Purse Wears Out 

 Church Basketball 

 First Time in Paris 

 Church Hymns 

 Church Hymns -- Part Deux 

 Trusting Your Spouse

Marital Trust

One Dark and Stormy Night  . . .

Elder James E. Faust once noted: “Complete trust in each other is one of the greatest enriching factors in marriage." Trust is crucial in a marriage because it allows couples to build a strong, intimate, and secure relationship. Without trust, the marital relationship may struggle.  

Now if you’ll just sit right back, I'll tell you a tale, a tale of a broken trust.  

One dark and stormy winter night I became deathly ill. All the food I had eaten that day was exiting my body in the most unpleasant of ways, leaving me very weak. To deny all personal responsibility for what happened later, I’m going to say that because of this illness I was delirious, and most certainly not of a sound mind.  

After an exhausting night of “losing weight” in the bathroom, I finally fell asleep or passed out in my bed from sheer exhaustionI slept well—for a little while. However, at some point in the dark of the night, I woke up because something was wrong. Really wrong. It seemed to my delirious mind that I had awakened in a puddle of strange warm liquid. My delirious mind couldn’t make sense of this.  

To determine the nature of the puddle, I put my hand into it. It was wet and didn’t smell right. Now this is where our marital trust was irreparably broken. For some strange reason, I awakened Heather and regrettably said to her: “Hey, feel this.” 

Only one of us was delirious. Me. Now half awake, Heather trusted her husband and placed her hand into the warm puddleSuddenly she was wide awake. Really wide awake. She had placed her hand into something that it should never have touched. Ever.  

I’ll spare you all the gross details, but I think there was some yelling, bright lights, hand washing, hand sanitizing, bed sheet washing, scrubbing, bathing, cloroxing, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I think she also asked me; “Why would you ask me to touch that?” Delirium. That was my answer then and it remains my answer today.  

The trust that is essential in a marriage had been violated. Dr. Internet tells me that rebuilding trust takes time and patience and to be prepared for setbacks and not to rush the process. Since the regrettable incident was decades ago, I recently decided to test her level of trust. I said: “Hey, feel this.” Not a chance. 

Heather will still not “feel” anything that I suggestPuppies? Silk? Stuffed animals? Marshmallows? All “no.” Unless she can carefully inspect the item beforehand, she’s still not touching anything I suggest. 

Gautama Buddha once said; “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” This wound will only be healed when my spouse trusts me to never again ask her to touch warm puddles in the middle of the night. She’s not there yet, but I think we're making progress. In the meantime, just to be safe, when we hold hands, I always hold the "clean" hand.