Today I was lucky enough to give the lesson on Temple Marriage in YW's. (Lesson 18, YW Manual 1)
I am not always huge on elaborate handouts- but this is such an important lesson that I wanted to do something.
The lesson talks about the difference between a wedding and a marriage, specifically a temple marriage. A wedding is a celebration, a temple marriage is a covenant between the bride, groom and the Lord and is performed by one with the Priesthood authority to seal you for eternity.
We discussed that it is probably too soon to start planning your wedding. Although it is fun to daydream, your time would be more productively spent planning your temple marriage by becoming the kind of person you want and need to be to be sealed in the temple.
I gave them this cute "ring box" (inside is a ring pop) and gave them the following message:
Preparing for Temple Marriage does not start when you "get the ring". It starts much, much earlier. Right NOW, in fact. This ring is to help you remember to be worthy of the day when you accept the real thing. The next time you are given a ring I hope it is from a worthy Priesthood holder who wants to take you to the temple to become an eternal family.