[Note: The following text was taken verbatim from the M Men-Gleaner Manual, “Love, Marriage, and You” used in 1956-1957. Previous entries in this series can be found here.]
Wedding and Honeymoon
A FEW YEARS ago an M Man who had been president of his ward group and an attractive Gleaner girl were married in the Salt Lake Temple. They had known each other since they were children, had gone together off and on for nearly five years, and were deeply in love. They had both finished two years of college and he had a satisfactory position working in a business with his father. They had gone “steady” for about a year and had been engaged for five months. They held a huge wedding reception in Salt Lake to which they invited six hundred friends, relatives and acquaintances. About five hundred people came through the reception line to wish the couple well and to give them presents. Prior to the reception the girl had attended fifteen dinners, parties, teas and showers in her honor; the young man had attended three.
The groom had two weeks off work for their honeymoon. They went on a long trip in an automobile which they had borrowed from the girl’s parents. Neither had been East before and on their trip they visited many of the important cities and points of historical interest of the Church. They included in their itinerary a visit to Niagara Falls and also to Canada. Before they returned to Salt Lake City they had travelled a distance of more than 6,000 miles, an average of about 500 miles a day. Needless to say, they returned to the Rocky Mountains, tired and travel-worn.
1. What mistakes did this couple make in planning their wedding and honeymoon?
2. Is it always best to have a wedding reception? Why or why not?