"Straight Talk about Strengthening Marriage"
Newsletter #106 (Mar 2020)

VIDEO--Raising the Bar on Date Night ~ ARTICLE--"Developing a Healthy Sexual Mindset" ~ Women's Workshop [DATE CHANGE] ~ It's Engagement Season! ~ Help us Get to 50 Reviews ~ Couples' Cruise Photos/Highlights ~ Spiritual Surrender PPT
"Raising the Bar on Date Night!"
Friday, March 6, 2020 - Salt Lake City, UT

Date Night is NOT optional for those who want to create a close and connected marriage! If you aren't making date night a priority or need to be sure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck check out this video. Marriage counselor and sex therapist, Laura M. Brotherson talks 
KSL Television's "Studio 5" host Brooke Walker to discuss 4 tips for "Raising the Bar on Date Night!"
  1. No Cell Phones or Other Electronic Devices
  2. Minimize Babysitting Distractions
  3. Show Uncommon Courtesy
  4. Touch More
ARTICLE by Laura M. Brotherson, Meridian Magazine

Sexuality is not always seen in a positive, healthy light, which causes there to be uncertainty, shame, and uneasiness surrounding this sacred topic. Because healthy sexuality begins in the mind, it is paramount that individuals develop a positive sexual mindset in order to prepare for and be able to create a sextraordinary marriage.

This article is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Laura's new book From Honeymoon to Happily Ever After: 23 Keys to Prepare for a Sextraordinary Marriage.

"Creating a Sextraordinary Marriage"
Saturday, Sept 19, 2020 - Salt Lake City, Utah

Give yourself and your marriage the GIFT of Sexual Wholeness! Join us for our first "Sexual Wholeness Workshop" specifically for women -- Saturday, Sept 19, 2020 [DATE CHANGE] in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bring your sisters, girlfriends or make new friends as we shed light on how we as women can embrace our God-given sexuality by delving deeper in to Laura's 12 T's of female sexual wholeness addressed in her book - Knowing HER Intimately: 12 Keys for Creating a Sextraordinary Marriage.

This fabulous workshop includes:
  • 7 hours of therapeutic learning (worth over $1000)
  • Workbook
  • Your own copy of Knowing HER Intimately
  • Plated lunch and dessert
  • Fun, transformation...and MUCH MORE!!

by Laura M. Brotherson, LMFT, CST

IT'S ENGAGEMENT SEASON!! If you've gotten engaged or know anyone that has, you'll want to get this awesome NEW book!!

The wait is over for a "marriage-prep" guide that effectively and respectfully helps couples learn what they specifically need to know and do to prepare for the honeymoon and the intimate marital relationship. From Honeymoon to Happily Ever After  provides enlightening and encouraging counsel with practical suggestions to help couples feel informed, prepared, and confident as they embark upon the intimate adventure of preparing for and creating their own sextraordinary marriage. 

No time to read? Let Laura read it to you as you go about your day! From Honeymoon to Happily Ever After: 23 Keys to Prepare for a Sextraordinary Marriage audio book is now available on   AmazonAudible (where you can get a new audio book each month at a fabulously discounted rate) and at DeseretBook.com! You can also download the eBook at Amazon or DeseretBook.com!

Help us Get to 50 Reviews!!

Now might be a great time to share your thoughts about this NEW book - From Honeymoon to Happily Ever After: 23 Keys to Prepare for a Sextraordinary Marriage - in a quick Amazon review. 
50 reviews, Amazon will promote our book and help us reach a wider audience! Help couples have a better intimate start to their marriage than you did!!
"Can I rave about this book and it's author more? Probably not! The information in this book is vital to all marriages. My husband and I felt like we had a pretty good sex life within our marriage, but after buying this book for a friend of mine who was preparing to get married, I learned so much that has helped us. The link that Brotherson points out between the God-given gift of intimacy within marriage is something almost no one speaks of - and I love her so much for making it known. 

The wholeness factor that she uses to help a couple understand the different, but equally important parts of marriage and oneself are monumental. She does such an amazing job at talking through the difficulties of intimacy in marriage and the psychology behind both the male and female desires. Honestly, even though it is a written book, it feels like you are talking with a best friend - a very knowledgeable and awesome friend! I love this book and it will now go to all my friends getting married!!!"
Wanna see how much fun these Couples' Cruises are?!! Check out our Couples Cruise - HIGHLIGHTS & PHOTOS! You might want to plan now to join us next time on our Couples' Cruise #8 (Feb 2022). (Stay tuned to these newsletters and our Cruise Page as details become available.) What a fabulous week of FUN and marriage strengthening!! Between the marriage seminars, excursions, yummy food and great company, it was definitely a week to remember! Check out the cruise highlights and fun cruise photos! Here's what one couple had to say about the event:

I love that Laura does these cruises during Valentine's month! Great reminders of the foundational principles of marriage. We also got to meet some incredible couples that have the same desire to have a strong intimate relationship in the context of gospel principles-how God meant it to be. Thank you Laura for being able to relate with both men and women to help them understand each other better. 
~ 2020 Cruise Couple

This PPT presentation for a conference was recently postponed due to the coronavirus craziness. We figured now is an especially great time to share this powerful presentation to help you learn how you can be okay even when things may not be okay. Check out Laura's "7 Steps of Spiritual Surrender"  handout and her additional "Spiritual Surrender: How to Be Okay When You're Not Okay" PowerPoint presentation.
Want more free therapy? Many of Laura's clinical handouts and worksheets are now available to anyone on our counseling website - The Marital Intimacy InstituteOn Laura's Resources page, you can browse topics or use the search to find something specific. Just click on the handout image or title link to open the handout in a printable pdf file. You will find handouts on the following topics:
  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Infidelity
  • Marriage
  • Pre-Marital Prep
  • Self-Development
  • Sex Therapy
Sex in Utah and all around the world is changing for the better with the opening of The Marital Intimacy Institute in Provo, Utah. We're excited to offer our marriage-strengthening services both locally and online. Learn more about Laura's counseling services, her Wait List and her Priority Client option!

Newsletter #55

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