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In his new book, "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," Elder Lynn G. Robbins, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shares guidelines for happy, lasting relationships.

Here's a look at 20 inspiring quotes from this book.

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"A happy and successful marriage depends on two good forgivers, or as President Gordon B. Hinckley pointed out, 'a high degree of mutual toleration.' "

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 75

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"There is no lasting happiness if our life is self-centered and selfish. We find ourselves (or experience happiness) by losing ourselves (see Matthew 16:25)."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 163

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"As infatuation yields to charity, true love begins to blossom."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 12

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
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"No one makes us mad. Others don't make us angry. Becoming angry is a conscious choice or decision. Therefore, we can make the choice not to become angry. We choose!"

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 141

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"The temple becomes our hope of having a happily-ever-after love story and never-ending happiness."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 169

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"Developing a Christlike character is the work of a lifetime."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 96

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"True love is not something you fall in, but grow in. It is not happenstance as much as something you control, choose and act upon."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 32

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"You have learned that love is a choice; that anger is a choice; that Christlike virtues are choices."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 156

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"Because love is as much a verb as it is a noun, the phrase 'I love you' is as much a promise of behavior and commitment as it is an expression of feeling."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 31

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"'The End' is a fitting conclusion for dime novels and Hollywood love stories, but not for true love, made perfect in Christ. This pure love is endless and is genuinely happily-ever-after."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 175

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"Be confident. Know who you are."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 214

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"Be sociable and vibrant. ... Appreciate others."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 238

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"Be courteous. Put the needs and comfort of others before your own."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 237

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"Since a smile is a decision, why not make the choice? Why not put on a happy face and experience the benefits?"

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 165

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"You can almost tell the measure of a person's character by what it takes to offend them. The Savior simply never took offense. His patience and long-suffering, his understanding and compassion, his mercy and forgiveness were all perfect."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 76

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"Optimism goes forward, while pessimism gives up."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 222

Elder Lynn G. Robbins
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"Live up to your privileges. With (God's) help, become all that Heavenly Father has envisioned you to be."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 223

Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
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"Goethe remarked long ago, 'Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.' "

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 12

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"The love of which the Lord speaks is not only physical attraction, but also faith, confidence, understanding and partnership. ... This kind of love never tires nor wanes."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 14

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"We have every reason to rejoice and to count our many blessings."

Source: "Love is a Choice: Making Your Marriage and Family Stronger," 168