Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Relationship Principles Binding Couples Together

Dona Greece Camporazo-Tolones, our eldest daughter sometime shared her thoughts on how couples could have a closer relationship among themselves in her message at the sacrament meeting of La Carlota First Branch, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dona Greece Camporazo-Tolones
Dona Greece Camporazo-Tolones
Purpose of Why We Are Here

She pointed out the purpose why we are here on earth, that is, to have a family of our own. Though she had only one daughter, she bewailed that it is not easy for her to have a family of her own because her husband does not have a permanent job to support them. Her husband is just a humble tryke driver.

She noticed that many Filipino families are miserable that eventually led to separation of husband and wife, annulment of marriage, among others. However, she was optimistic. She expressed that it is not too late to remedy those familial maladies, for there are ways in which couples could do to have a good closer relationship. Based on her occasional reading, she learned the following ten principles, which she believed are workable:

The Couple: Dona and Amon
Dona and Almon
Ten Binding Principles

1. Listening. A common concern that many couples express is their partner "doesn’t listen" or "refuses to understand." Behind this complaint is the desire of one partner to be truly understood by the other. When one yells, the other should listen because when two people yell, there is no communication.

2. Faith. Couples should have faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray together. Attend Church and temple together. Study the scriptures together. Their faith in God is one that binds them together.

3. Forgiveness. As stated in Colossians 3:13: "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgive you." Thus, the path that leads to healing from lingering hurt is forgiveness. Forgiveness does not mean forgetting or whitewashing what was happened, but rather it is letting go of the hurt on with the relationship.

4. Initiative. Taking the initiative for things together seems to get forgotten and neglected whenever a couple is married.

5. Remorse. The ability to feel remorse – that sense of guilt over a wrong one has done. Positive force drives a spouse to admit a wrong. Apology and forgiveness make things right. To say "I’m sorry" generates respect, love for partner.

6. Time. One of the most important ways to deepen love is through time. A couple cannot grow in love without spending time together. Time really matters.

7. Praise. Many spouses say that they feel under appreciated and even rejected by their partner, the couples should praise each other. They should be told about their strengths and the things they do well and they need to be told early and often. Acceptance, support and simple compliments mean so much to the other.

8. Talk. Couple should talk openly. Success is attained when problems are being talked about and the differences as they arise before they are too late.

9. Grow. Couples who remain close are constantly growing and have updated knowledge of the world around them

10. Humor. And finally every marriage benefits greatly when couples maintain a sense of humor. Maintaining a sense of humor can take the sting out of disappointment, of the bite out of an argument. Healthy couples know there is wisdom in simply laughing away some issues and problems.

As a father I was touched of the simplicity of her talk.


  1. Thanks for sharing this Sir Gil.Will surely apply all these in our marriage.:)

  2. very nice message and very inspirational for all of us who's married already indeed true that all of the above is hardly need to maintain a strong relationship! xx

  3. nice. thanks for sharing this :)
    I noted some few pointer.

  4. this is nice article, I know you feel very proud of your daughter. Experience is really the best teacher. Hope her husband shares the same ideals. God bless.

  5. It's true communication is key, couples shouldn't keep things form each other.

    Also I reckon, intimacy is important.

  6. I am not yet married and have no plans either but I can apply this in every relationship I have right now. This post reminds me on how to be mature enough. These principles must be applied.

  7. Thanks for this post.
    I've been married to my husband
    for more than 16 years now and
    so far, so good. The secrets of a happy
    and long marriage are actually enumerated above.

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. Actually, there's no secret to a long-lasting relationship because everything that a couple needs are clearly laid here.

  8. I'll take note of those 10 principles Sir Gil. I think were doing 9 out of 10 of these. ^_^

  9. I'm not married yet, but I strongly believe that this is a must-read for all couples. Your daughter shared wonderful principles which serve as pillars for a strong and loving relationship.

    Thank you so much for sharing them here, Sir Gil. Your daughter is a wise and wonderful lady. Take care and God bless! :-)

  10. I hope we could help each other. We don't go to church eh rarely and ewan maybe we're to young to think for the marriage thingy but I hope we could overcome everything ayyy enough about the dramas. I'm not used to it haha thanks for this Sir Gil :)

  11. guess, she's emulated how you are in your relationship with your wife... kudos sir gil! your daughter's to be proud of!

    thanks for the reminders! :)

    1. Life gives no coincidences.. thanks for letting me read this again!

  12. These tips can help a lot not only married couples but also those who are in boyfriend and girlfriend relationships. And for me Humor must be number one because it is this one trait that some women fell in love with.

  13. Seems that my partner and I are able to practice most of these principles ... hopefully, things work out

  14. time and talk. definitely. thanks for this inspiring post, me and my bf are celebrating our 6th yr as bf/gf on sunday!

  15. In a nutshell, it's a give and take relationship and a lot of compromises in between.

  16. realtionship is not all about the support or the financial aspect ... and i agree to the tips above... we have to open the communication between the husband and the wife and trust is very important .. without trust there is no love

  17. It like how simplified it is, using just a simple word to describe each tip.

  18. This is something to reflect on. I will remember these tips. :)

  19. Everything above is true, open communication, understanding and trust for both party besides love made for a successful marriage..

  20. This post is a must-read for all the couple out there. Though I'm still single, maybe I can apply these with my relationships in the future. I had a worthwhile reading experience.


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