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"Straight Talk about Strengthening Marriage!"
June 26, 2007 -- Newsletter #27


Couple photoSix Tips to Strengthen Your Marriage Sexually

by Laura M. Brotherson, CFLE

Sexual intimacy is as important for the health and vitality of the marriage relationship as is emotional closeness and spiritual connection. Sexual nourishment that feeds both husband and wife is the dessert of married life.

Strengthening your marriage intimately emotionally, spiritually and sexually is one of the most important efforts in which you can put your time and energy. So-called desire discrepancies between husband and wife can be a thing of the past, as couples come to understand the intricacies of intimacy and mutual sexual fulfillment.

Couples can create a rich and fulfilling intimate relationship with the help of these six suggestions:

  1. Make your sexual relationship a matter of prayer. 
  2. Make your intimate relationship a priority. 
  3. Get better educated about sex, intimacy and marriage. 
  4. Be willing and able to discuss your sexual relationship openly and honestly. 
  5. Overcome intimate inhibitors, such as negative thoughts, fears, or relationship issues. 
  6. Relax, have fun and be playful with each other!

To read the full article click here.


Cruise shipLast Chance to Cruise with Laura --Summer Sign-up Special!

Couples' Southern Caribbean Cruise
Marriage Education at Sea -- with Laura M. Brotherson
February 23 - March 1, 2008

February 2008 is your last chance for a while to cruise with Laura and Kevin on a fabulous Couples' Cruise getaway. Laura will be discontinuing headlining this Couples' Cruise in order to focus on her graduate studies. We know you've been wanting to come along on this great couples' getaway, so now's the time! 

Here's your chance to register during the "Summer Sign-up Special" going on June 26 - July 2 . You'll  receive the reduced deposit of only $100 per person, as well as the Princess Cruise on-board coupon book valued at over $120 (for first-time cruisers).

Kim and Rod formal portraitThis Couples' Cruise to the Southern Caribbean will be the one not to miss! Check out how much fun we had this past year on our 2007 Couples' Cruise to the Western Caribbean.

In 2008 we'll set sail aboard the "Crown Princess" to the Southern Caribbean ports of Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola and St. Thomas. Cabin prices begin at $817 per person. Cabins are limited, and we sold out last year, so don't delay. Contact Vickie or Amber at Cruise Planners to find out more and to reserve your space today.

Phone: (866) 446-4218

"The cruise was GREAT, not only for the for the seminars alone, but it was so much fun getting to know other couples, socializing, and the on-shore tours. In fact, I think the cruises with Laura are the best cruises I've ever been on. It was the ultimate "Valentine's Cruise," and I highly recommend the tradition! The investment in your marriage will be returned MANY times the investment!"

For more information and fun photos from past cruises visit our Cruise Information page.

Scott with monkey Laura speaking


Anniversary InnNew Resource Page
Marriage and Intimacy Books, Products & Other Resources

It's finally here ... our new "Resources" page to highlight our recommendations on the best books, websites, romantic getaways, and sexual products that we've found so far. Topics include marriage, sex, parenting, divorce, pornography, affairs, etc. This web page will be continually updated so check back often. Click below for best:Smart Marriages

If you'd like to suggest a good resource for us to consider send us an email.


Meridian RadioMeridian Magazine Radio Interview
with Author Laura M. Brotherson

Meridian Magazine radio host, Steven Kapp Perry, interviewed author and intimacy educator, Laura M. Brotherson for "The Cricket & Seagull Fireside Chat" on Meridian Radio!

Click here to hear Laura discuss why she wrote the book "And They Were Not Ashamed--Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment" and what her vision is of strengthening marriages intimately.

Click here for additional information on other Upcoming Events .


LDSMN logoLDS Marriage Network Conference--
June 27-28, 2007 (Denver, CO)

  • What?  -- The 2nd Annual LDS Marriage Network (LDSMN) Smart Marriages Pre-conference seminar
  • When?  -- Wednesday and Thursday, June 27 - 28, 2007 (12 noon - 6 p.m. on Wed.; 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thurs)
  • Where?  -- Denver Adams Mark Hotel, Denver, Colorado (1550 Court Place, Denver, CO)
  • Who?  -- For all people interested in strengthening LDS marriages. Including husbands and wives, parents, ecclesiastical leaders, community educators, mental health professionals, youth leaders, social workers, therapists, scholars, and others.
  • Why?  -- The focus of the seminar will be on coming together to learn from each other and organize efforts to help build stronger and more fulfilling marriage relationships within the LDS community. We seek to be a catalyst for empowering ongoing collaborative efforts to strengthen marriage.

Topics to be addressed at the LDSMN pre-conference seminar include perspectives on learning truth about marriage and family life; the gospel and marital reconciliation; focusing on couple strengths and marital virtues; the Atonement and marriage; helping LDS newlyweds prepare for and enter marriage; new educational resources for strengthening marriage; grassroots and interfaith efforts to strengthen marriage within the LDS community; dealing with pornography issues, and more.

Registration for the LDS Marriage Network pre-conference seminar is FREE.  Please pre-register for this conference opportunity by sending an email to or call Sean Brotherson at (701) 231-6143. You can also visit

In addition to the two-day LDSMN seminar, there will also be additional meeting times for informal networking for LDS participants at the Smart Marriages conference. Click here for more information about the Smart Marriages conference presented by The Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education (CMFCE).


Kevin and Laura Brotherson photo"Happily Ever After" Marriage Conference
July 12-15 (Orlando, FL)

Join Laura and her husband, Kevin, in Orlando, Florida, July 12-15, 2007 for the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (ACME) "Happily Ever After" International Marriage Enrichment Celebration. Laura and Kevin will be presenting Master Workshop #1M on Friday, July 13, from 2-4 p.m. entitled: "Sexy is a State of Mind -- Cultivating Sexual Desire for Your Spouse."

ACME Conf logoIt's not too late to register today for this great couples' getaway, and learn how to create the relationship of your dreams. Register by midnight June 29 for the lowest available rate. Happily ever after is not just a fairy tale!

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Stay tuned for more intimacy insights in upcoming Strengthening Marriage Newsletters ... ! Click here to visit the e-Newsletter archive. If you missed the last newsletter, you can catch it here:

"Keeping in Touch Emotionally" -- Marriage Newsltr #26 (Apr '07)

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