The centrality of marriages and families was a common theme from the 185th Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Leaders reminded church members that families continue to play a fundamental role in God's plan and in society.

Their recent messages inspired us to compile a list of marriage advice from the most recent general conference, along with advice from past conference messages.

Click through this list to find advice and encouragement from past and present LDS leaders.

Find the first installment in this series here: "28 tips for every Mormon couple: Marriage advice, encouragement from LDS leaders"

President Thomas S. Monson
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"Brethren, let’s treat our wives with dignity and with respect. They’re our eternal companions. Sisters, honor your husbands. They need to hear a good word. They need a friendly smile. They need a warm expression of true love."

Read President Monson's complete talk here.

Sister Barbara B. Smith
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"Growth can come for both partners when husband and wife develop the kind of love that allows the other to turn potential into perfection and talent into testimony. A strong marriage takes strong individuals equally committed to calling forth the best in themselves as well as in their eternal partner."

Read Sister Smith's complete talk here.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
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"Husbands, be patient with your wives; and wives, be patient with your husbands. Don’t expect perfection. Find agreeable ways to work out the differences that arise."

Read Elder Wirthlin's complete talk here.

President Gordon B. Hinckley
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"No family can have peace, no life can be free from the storms of adversity unless that family and that home are built on foundations of morality, fidelity, and mutual respect. There cannot be peace where there is not trust; there cannot be freedom where there is not loyalty. The warm sunlight of love will not rise out of a swamp of immorality."

Read President Hinckley's complete talk here.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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"Because love is the great commandment, it ought to be at the center of all and everything we do in our own family, in our church callings and in our livelihood. Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities and nations. Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk."

Read President Uchtdorf's complete talk here.

Sister Linda K. Burton
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"We might test ourselves by asking a few questions. With a little adaptation, these questions can apply to most of us, whether we are married or single, whatever our home situation might be.

"1. When was the last time I sincerely praised my companion, either alone or in the presence of our children?

"2. When was the last time I thanked, expressed love for, or earnestly pleaded in faith for him or her in prayer?

"3. When was the last time I stopped myself from saying something I knew could be hurtful?

"4. When was the last time I apologized and humbly asked for forgiveness — without adding the words 'but if only you had' or 'but if only you hadn’t'?

"5. When was the last time I chose to be happy rather than demanding to be 'right'?"

Read Sister Burton's complete talk here.

Elder Henry D. Taylor
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“A happy home is where the wife is treated like a queen and the husband is treated like a king. And so, it is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.”

Read Elder Taylor's complete talk here.

President Henry B. Eyring
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"Pray for the love which allows you to see the good in your companion. Pray for the love that makes weaknesses and mistakes seem small. Pray for the love to make your companion’s joy your own. Pray for the love to want to lessen the load and soften the sorrows of your companion."

Read President Eyring's complete talk here.

Sister Linda K. Burton
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"I am convinced that a husband is never more attractive to his wife than when he is serving in his God-given roles as a worthy priesthood holder."

Read Sister Burton's complete talk here.

President Gordon B. Hinckley
LDS Women

"In this church, the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise.”

Read President Hinckley's complete talk here.

Sister Sheri Dew
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"Lift each other, and together you will be able to lift the beautiful burdens of mortality and have glory added upon your heads forever. The Lord must have righteous men and righteous women to build His kingdom."

Read Sister Dew's complete talk here.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
LDS Women

"We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. "

Read President Uchtdorf's complete talk here.

President Boyd K. Packer
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"And if you suppose that the full-blown rapture of young romantic love is the sum total of the possibilities which spring from the fountains of life, you have not yet lived to see the devotion and the comfort of longtime married love. Married couples are tried by temptation, misunderstandings, financial problems, family crises and illness, and all the while love grows stronger. Mature love has a bliss not even imagined by newlyweds."

Read President Packer's complete talk here.

President Ezra Taft Benson
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"The secret of a happy marriage is to serve God and each other. The goal of marriage is unity and oneness, as well as self-development. Paradoxically, the more we serve one another, the greater is our spiritual and emotional growth."

Read President Benson's complete talk here.

Sister Barbara B. Smith
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"Where trust is, love can flourish."

Read Sister Smith's complete talk here.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
LDS Women

"You want capability, safety and security in dating and romance, in married life and eternity? Be a true disciple of Jesus. Be a genuine, committed, word-and-deed Latter-day Saint. Believe that your faith has everything to do with your romance because it does. You separate dating from discipleship at your peril. Or, to phrase that more positively, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, is the only lamp by which you can successfully see the path of love and happiness for you and for your sweetheart."

Read Elder Holland's complete talk here.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton
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"Terrific marriages are completely respectful, transparent, and loyal."

Read Elder Clayton's complete talk here.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson
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"We should make our homes places of order, refuge, holiness and safety. Our homes should be places where the Spirit of the Lord is felt in rich abundance and where the scriptures and the gospel are studied, taught and lived. What a difference it would make in the world if all people would see themselves as makers of righteous homes. Let us defend the home as a place which is second only to the temple in holiness."

Read Sister Oscarson's complete talk here.

Elder Russell M. Nelson
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"To appreciate — to say 'I love you' and 'thank you' — is not difficult. But these expressions of love and appreciation do more than acknowledge a kind thought or deed. They are signs of sweet civility. As grateful partners look for the good in each other and sincerely pay compliments to one another, wives and husbands will strive to become the persons described in those compliments."

Read Elder Nelson's complete talk here.

Sister Linda K. Burton
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"When we seek to 'complete' rather than 'compete,' it is so much easier to cheer each other on."

Read Sister Burton's complete talk here.

Sister Barbara B. Smith
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"A strong marriage takes strong individuals equally committed to calling forth the best in themselves as well as in their eternal partner."

Read Sister Smith's complete talk here.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
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“True love blooms when we care more about another person than we care about ourselves. That is Christ’s great atoning example for us, and it ought to be more evident in the kindness we show, the respect we give, and the selflessness and courtesy we employ in our personal relationships."

Read Elder Holland's complete talk here.

Sister Cheryl A. Esplin
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"Strong eternal families and Spirit-filled homes do not just happen. They take great effort, they take time, and they take each member of the family doing his or her part."

Read Sister Esplin's complete talk here.

Elder Richard G. Scott
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"Marriage provides an ideal setting for overcoming any tendency to be selfish or self-centered."

Read Elder Scott's complete talk here.

President Spencer W. Kimball
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“The mere performance of a ceremony does not bring happiness and a successful marriage. This requires forgetting of self, continued courting, and obedience to the Lord’s commandments.”
Read President Kimball's complete talk here.

Elder David A. Bednar
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"We can begin to become more diligent and concerned at home by telling the people we love that we love them. Such expressions do not need to be flowery or lengthy. We simply should sincerely and frequently express love."

Read Elder Bednar's complete talk here.

Sister Elaine S. Dalton

"A temple marriage for time and all eternity is worthy of your greatest efforts and highest priority. It was only after Nephi had completed the temple in the wilderness that he stated, “And … we lived after the manner of happiness.” The “manner of happiness” is found in the temple. It is covenant keeping. Don’t let any influence come into your life or your home that would cause you to compromise your covenants or your commitment to your wife and family."

Read Sister Dalton's complete talk here.