Mormon couple celebrates 75 years of true love

By Erica Palmer

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 28 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

"(Dad) would get back (from work) late Saturday and get up at 4 or 5 a.m. to be to his high council meeting or wherever he needed to be," the younger Goff said. "Unbelievable dedication. (Mom) worked quite a bit, but I never felt neglected. She really put family first."

When it comes to raising children, the Goffs have had their share of difficulties. But they abide by the doctrine of love.

“Just love them,” Charles Goff said. “Love them with all your heart.”

Charles Goff has been an LDS bishop and bishopric member and was a sealer in the Mesa, Arizona, and St. George, Utah, temples for 10 years. Gloris Goff has served as Relief Society and Primary president.

Charles Goff emphasized church activity and faithfully fulfilling church callings as two important aspects of a successful marriage.

“Being a member of the church is everything,” he said. “We’ve always had responsible positions in the wards and stakes, and we’ve tried to do our duty. And we’ve sure been blessed.”

After the Goffs returned to Utah from Arizona, family members stepped in to help out around their house and to repay some of the service they have been giving throughout their lives.

Charles Goff Jr. described his father as a leader and "get-up-and-go kind of guy," and his mom as kind and compassionate and a phenomenal cook. He has seen how their strength in the gospel has carried over to their marriage.

“The love of the gospel has allowed them to have a really strong relationship together,” he said. “I think they have always been best friends, from the time they were very young.”

"They have always been just two peas in a pod," said the Goff's granddaughter, Stephanie Morris. "Very inseparable and very interdependent. They just fit together. They have always been excellent examples for me."

The elder Goff said one piece of advice he used to give to new couples who were about to be sealed together is to be considerate of each other.

“There is some general advice that everyone should understand, and that's kindness and consideration for other people,” he said. “Remember, marriage is a 50-50 proposition. Be nice to your wife. That's most important because she sure is nice to me.”

He said jokingly, "If we have any disagreements, we decide to do it the way she wants to." His wife laughed, and he admitted that he doesn't actually remember ever having a disagreement with her.

Charles Goff also advised young men to “marry a sweet wife who wants companionship and to be a partner forever," something that he has treasured in his own life.

After 75 years of marriage, the couple are still very much in love. When asked about their favorite things about each other, Gloris Goff said, “Oh, he’s just a nice guy. And we get along real well, that’s the nice part.”

Her husband said, “I just love her all over.”

Erica Palmer is a writer for the Mormon Times and Features department. Email: epalmer@deseretnews.com

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