Thursday, February 12, 2015

5 Totally Adorable Scriptural Couples

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." - 1 John 4:7

You don’t usually think of the scriptures as having great love stories. I mean, verses like "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, took one of the daughters of Ishmael to wife" (1 Nephi 16:7) aren't exactly brimming with romance. But there are several couples in the scriptures who are actually "totes adorbs" and undeniably "presh." So, in honor of Valentine's Day, here are five scriptural couples that you might just find too cute to handle.

1. Isaac and Rebekah - A Match Made in Heaven

These two were brought together by God, making theirs truly a match made in heaven. Isaac, the faithful son of Abraham, was grieving over the death of his mother when his father determined it was time for Isaac to get married. So Abraham sent his servant to Mesopotamia to find a girl fit for his son. The servant arrived and sat by a well, praying God would send a girl willing to draw water for him, and also for his camels (no mean feat considering how much camels can drink). Rebekah arrived and did exactly that, and so the servant knew he'd found the right girl and proposed in Isaac's behalf. When Rebekah came to meet her husband-to-be, she found him praying in the field. The two were married soon after, and "Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death" (Genesis 24:67). After that the two lived a long and happy life together. #Cute.

2. Jacob and Rachel - Fourteen Years in the Making

There's something about this family and finding love at the well. When Jacob, son of Isaac, found himself by a well during his travels, he happened upon a girl named Rachel. Rachel was very beautiful and the two hit it off right away. In fact, the scripture says that right then and there "Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept" (Genesis 29:11). Wow! That must have been some kiss to get that reaction! Jacob fell head over heels for Rachel, and he vowed to work for Rachel's father for seven years if he could have Rachel's hand in marriage. This he did, and those seven years "seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her" (Genesis 29:20). Come on, how can you not adore that? As if that weren't enough, Jacob was tricked into marrying Rachel's sister Leah first, and ended up working an extra seven years so he could finally be with the love of his life. Fourteen years of work! Does love get truer than that?

3. Lamoni and His Queen - Joined in the Gospel
When King Lamoni met Ammon, he learned the truth of the gospel and the experience was so powerful it left him comatose for three days. During that time, his loving wife was pressured to bury the poor man because others thought he was dead. But she refused. She consulted Ammon and said "I would that ye should go in and see my husband, for he has been laid upon his bed for the space of two days and two nights; and some say that he is not dead, but others say that he is dead and that he stinketh, and that he ought to be placed in the sepulchre; but as for myself, to me he doth not stink" (Alma 19:5). This may not seem too romantic, I know. But as a guy I can say that coming from a woman, the words "to me he doth not stink" communicate more love than the fanciest poem ever could. Soon after this experience, Lamoni awoke and his wife joined him in experiencing the joy of the Lord. Happy in the gospel and joined in love. There's true romance for you.

4. Joseph and Mary - Loving Companions

When word got out that Mary of Nazareth was with child, it was a heavy blow for her fiancee, Joseph. Suspecting unworthy conduct on Mary's part, Joseph was within his rights to return insult for insult and have Mary punished under the law of Moses. However, Joseph "being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily" (Matthew 1:19). Then an angel came to him and witnessed the truth of Mary's story and Joseph took her to wife, probably ignoring the judgmental opinions of his neighbors. He cared and provided for her throughout her pregnancy, until she gave birth in a stable (Luke 2:7). Mary, a woman "most beautiful and fair above all other virgins" (1 Nephi 11:15), became the mother of Jesus, as well as at least six other children (Matthew 13:55-56), raising them alongside her beloved husband. Theirs is a marvelous example of trust, faith, and love.

5. Adam and Eve - Made for Each Other

How could you talk about love stories in the scriptures and not mention Adam and Eve? They're the first of all love stories! Adam was by himself in the garden of Eden when God saw that it wasn't good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). He therefore took a rib from Adam's side and made a woman. (Adam was probably very upset when God first took his rib, but when he saw what God had done with it he realized he got a pretty good deal.) Adam's first words to his new lady? "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh" (Genesis 2:23). Talk about ways to woo a woman! Adam was pretty smooth for a guy who'd never seen a girl before. What makes this couple truly remarkable was their willingness to stand by one another both inside Eden and without. When Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, Adam willingly gave up his comfortable life to follow after her. They went with each other into the wide world and worked together as equals to establish their family. Even the most cootie-scared deacon has to admit that's sweet. We can all learn a bit about love from these two.

Do you have a favorite couple from the scriptures? Are they listed here or did I miss them? Let me know in the comments section below. As always, thanks for reading!

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