All married couples once stood before a religious representative or justice of the peace and vowed to become husband and wife. The promises to love, honor and cherish each other, and perform every duty that a husband or wife owes to his or her spouse are central to the marriage vow. These promises are unconditional; husbands and wives are to keep these promises in sickness and in health, in poverty and in prosperity, in bad times and in good. Most important, these promises are continually in force.

Unfortunately, many couples hardly understood this vow when they made it, let alone remember this vow throughout their marriages. These couples easily maintain a cavalier attitude toward marriage. They see this sacred bond as casual and disposable. As a result, 66 percent of the marriages beginning today will eventuate in divorce or separation. Of the surviving marriages, many will enjoy neither stability nor satisfaction. Many couples will be unhappily married.I believe marriage is the relationship that offers the greatest possibility for happiness. This happiness is available to all couples, regardless of circumstance. By faithfully committing and keeping our commitments, we qualify for this happiness. Let us commit and continually recommit to keep our marriage vow. Let us enjoy stable and satisfying marital relationships. Let us faithfully promise to love, honor and cherish our spouses.

Tyler B. Jones