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Newsletter and Updates #25 -- March 7, 2007

Romantic Getaway Winner!

Join Us -- Couples Cruise 2008

Overcoming Pornography Addiction Conf -- Fri. Mar 10

Family Outreach Conference -- Sat. Mar 9

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Romantic Getaway to The Anniversary Inn!

Congratulations to Bob and Linnea of Mariposa, California for winning the 2007 Valentine's Getaway to the romantic Anniversary Inn. Thank you to everyone for sending in your great couples photos. We love them all! We received over 50 new couples photos, so check them out!

If you haven't had a chance to send in your photo, we still encourage you to do so. You don't have to have a perfect marriage, so send your favorite photo (uncropped, at least 200 dpi) with your first names, and how many years you've been married to: .

Bob and Linnea  George and Julie  Keith and Jayme  Russ and Debby 

Cruise ship

Join Us in 2008 for Our Annual Couples' Valentine's Cruise (Southern Caribbean)

Everyone had a fabulous time on our recent Couples' Valentine's Cruise, but we'd love to have you join us next year! In 2008 (Feb. 23 - Mar. 1) we'll set sail aboard the "Crown Princess" to the Southern Caribbean ports of Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola and St. Thomas for our 3rd annual Couples' Valentine's Cruise.  Cabin prices begin at $817 per person. Contact Vickie or Amber at Cruise Planners for more information (866) 446-4218.

Here's what one couple had to say about the cruise:

"This was our 2nd Annual Valentine's Cruise, and we loved it! The seminars were insightful and mind-opening. It is nice to listen to someone you can trust. The Q&A sessions (with anonymous questions) were very enlightening. The seminars discussed topics not in the book, and took the book further. The discussion outlines were excellent, and we especially enjoyed the "homework" assignments! : ) We attribute the increased level of closeness in our marriage, our increased ability to talk about things, our increased emotional and spiritual intimacy to Laura's book, the cruises, and her personal insights. The cruise was GREAT, not only for the seminars alone, but it was so much fun getting to know other couples, socializing, and going for the on-shore excursions. In fact, I think these cruises with Laura are the best cruises I've ever been on. It was the ultimate "Valentine's Cruise," and I highly recommend it as an annual tradition! The investment in your marriage will be returned MANY times!"

Kevin and Laura  snorkeling

For more information, visit our Cruise Information page. We'll be adding all our fun 2007 photos soon!

A More Excellent Hope Conf Logo"A MORE EXCELLENT HOPE -- Keys to Overcoming Pornography and Sexual Addiction"

Saturday, March 10, 2007, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
La Quinta Inn, 1454 S. University Ave (Provo, Utah)
Conference Sponsored by the  
LDS Marriage Network

Can you have a healthy relationship if your spouse has struggled with pornography addiction?  Is there hope?  The research says: ABSOLUTELY!  There is a more excellent hope for couples and spouses who center their recovery efforts on Christ. Attend the "A More Excellent Hope" conference to get educated on healing from the effects of pornography. For more information visit the Conference website. This will be an excellent conference with many experts in the field of overcoming sexual addiction:

Mark Chamberlain    "From Compulsion to Agency: Attaining Hope in Recovery"
Mark Laaser            "Hope & Healing through the L.I.F.E. (Living In Freedom Everyday) and
                                 Men's Workshops of Faithful & True Ministries"

Paul Birch                "Raising an Addiction-Free Generation: A Practical and Hopeful  
                                 Parenting Guide"

Mark Butler              "Relationships and Grace in Recovery: A More Excellent Hope"

Click here for the conference schedule and a complete list of the excellent  presenters and topics.
Seating is limited, so be sure to register early!

For additional information and to register visit:


Family Outreach Conference

Friday, March 9, 2007, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
BYU Conference Center (Provo, Utah)

What is the Family Outreach Conference?   This is a unique one-day opportunity to learn from and share with others who are strengthening marriages and families. Through conference sessions, materials, and networking you'll get new ideas, encouragement, and resources to improve and inspire your family- strengthening efforts.

What is the format?   The Conference features 1) a plenary panel, 2) breakout sessions conducted by family advocates working and serving in various realms, 3) displays of existing family-strengthening efforts, and 4) how-to learning on a range of topics, from choosing resources to specific methods of better reaching families in today’s world.
Who will present?   A variety of professional and community leaders, including Melanie Reese of the Utah Marriage Commission, Wally Goddard, National Marriage & Parenting Expert, Aaron Larson of the National Healthy Marriage Institute, and many more...
What topics will be addressed? Here are just a few:

  • Inspiring Lasting Change for Families
  • Becoming a Social Entrepreneur: How to Do Good & Provide for Your Family
  • Following Your Gifts & Fire in Helping Families
  • Turning Your Family Strengthening Concept Into a Reality
  • Getting Involved in Marriage Education: National & Local Opportunities

How much is it?   Registration is $60 (includes Making A Difference booklet), with special pricing for students (see website).

How do I register?   Register online at or by phone at 801-422-8925.

Can I receive CEUs for attending?   Yes, CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are available  by requesting them on your conference evaluation.

Where can I find out more?  The full schedule, registration, and material orders are available at or by calling 801-422- 8925. 

Click here for more information on other Upcoming Events .


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