HM: Hitting the target: 21 years

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I know that photos of shooting might be controversial, but that’s only if you aren’t from Wyoming, which Lane is.

And one of the ways we nurture each other and our children is through wholesome recreational activities. In our family, learning how to shoot a target safely for fun is one of those.

Lane and I had barely started dating in January 1993, when for our second date we drove up the mountain road to a spot where we could shoot targets. I hadn’t ever done that before, but I hit the target on my first or second try. That impressed him! (I figure an unseen angel was helping to hold my arms steady since I nailed it like that.) On the way home from that date, Lane asked me how many children I wanted (!). Even though I wanted 12, I only had the courage to say that I wanted maybe 8 or 10. When he said he wanted 12 children, that hit the target for me. Now the door was open to pursue this relationship! From there to getting engaged, I’d say it was a pretty steady route.

Now that it has been 21 years since we got married, I have to say that we hit the target finding each other and taking that leap of faith. Neither I nor Lane is perfect, but I think we have been perfect for each other. He has continued to gently steady me when I am afraid or needing help, just like he is doing in these photos from a recent jaunt out to shoot targets again.

We couldn’t have done it without help. God has been there for us when we needed that help every day. I am so grateful to be “happily married,” thanks to Heavenly Father’s help and our mutual commitment to keeping our covenants.

Our family memorized this line in The Family: A Proclamation to the World last week: “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” We can attest to this. We have acted on each one of those principles, and I believe (knowing my stubbornness) that our marriage will continue to require them. Without the atonement, we wouldn’t be where we are today, and I’m grateful to get to continue moving forward, both of us holding onto each other and to the atonement of Christ.

Happy Holding Onto Your Spouse and Together to the Lord,

Liz 🙂

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