On Marriage and Parenthood
By Crisanta Estayo-Padilla
When I was married in the Manila Philippines Temple on the 23rd day of April 2005, I felt I was the happiest person on earth because I finally achieved my biggest dream.The covenants I made with my carefully and prayerfully chosen companion, and the blessings pronounced were glorious. It was a joyous marriage in the house of the Lord. We began a new life together and started to look forward to spending the rest of our eternity with each other.
As months and years go by and as our family grows, we find that being a parent is terrifying. I don’t think anyone can really be prepared for how many issues and stressful situations parents will face over the years. Many problems arise including sleepless nights, tantrums, sibling rivalry, dealing with an ill child, getting children to do their homework, teaching them that fighting and hitting is wrong, getting to school on time, tackling bullying, getting into a routine with a new baby, having patience, not to mention the financial obligations we have. As my husband and I strive to successfully overcome these challenges by earnestly praying for the Lord’s help coupled with fasting, studying the scriptures, following the voice of the Lord through his prophet and inspired church leaders, we enjoy an added measure of peace, love, and tranquility in our marriage and in our home. We then often realize that we should consider these challenges in our marriage and parenthood as opportunities for growth and development.
As we continue to regularly visit the temple, my husband, Anatolin and I receive deeper understanding of our covenants and receive greater strength to continue in faith despite of the countless challenges we face as a young couple with four growing children, and with my husband’s calling as a bishop in our ward. By making ourselves worthy of the companionship of the Spirit, we receive the inspirations we need in our roles as husband and wife and as...