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The following was written by Morgan Gilmour for Millennial Morms. To read the full article, click here

My parents recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Lest you think they’re ancient, I’ll mention that they got married right out of high school! I’m the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in my family, but I learned some solid life lessons and eternal principles from my non-member parents. Here they are:

1) Love takes work

For me, 45 years is much longer than I’ve been alive, and so that kind of longevity in marriage is hard to comprehend. And if 45 years is difficult to fathom, eternity is almost impossible. There are endless General Conference talks, relationship books, and even scientific studies on how to make a marriage work. Regardless of the methodology or even the religious beliefs a couple chooses to embrace, love is hard. I know this undeniable truth from watching my parents painstakingly work through issues, make sacrifices for and try to understand each other – and sometimes fail at all of these things. Ultimately, because they each choose daily to weather the failures, they succeeded.

2) Nothing is free

My parents taught me strong fiscal principles, for which I am eternally thankful. When I was six years old, Mom and Dad taught me about how to budget. They took me to the bank to help me open my first savings account. When I was old enough, they taught me about taxes, credit, and interest. These verbal economic lessons were coupled with their priceless example. They were always frugal, even when we had plenty. When I begged for a cheap toy, the answer was a solid “no.” It was not worthy of our money! Money is to be saved for things that are worthy.

When I was 9, I wanted an expensive Lego set more than anything. My dad (an attorney) challenged me to present a good argument for why I deserved it.

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