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Engagement is one of the most exciting seasons of life, but it is also the most important time to create the foundation of your marriage. Dave and Ashley Willis share their own wisdom and experiences to teach you how to understand the marriage vows that will be promised on your wedding day. For additional resources, we encourage you to experience the full “Preparing for ‘I Do’” course, which includes video sessions supplemented by a discussion guide and other materials to deepen your relatio ...
 
In this podcast, Allie and Nathan Hooper provide a resource to help you build a rock-solid foundation for your marriage from the ground up! They provide specific, actionable advice to help you get one step closer to that dream marriage! You will not only learn from the mistakes and challenges of a couple who was just in your shoes, but also will hear from some of the leading relationship experts who will give you the tools you need to navigate pre-marriage life and enter your marriage both e ...
 
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In this episode we interview BYU professors and married couple Loren and Sandra Marks about their experiences with religion and it’s benefits for marriage and families. Loren Marks shares about his extensive research on the topic, and both Loren and Sandra share their thoughts and personal experiences on the matter. You won’t want to miss it!…
 
In this episode we interview life and leadership coach Kirk Williams along with his wife Tammy who share their story and dive into one of the most important and underrated skills to learn in any successful marriage and that is the skill of listening! They teach the Hug n' Roll method as a great way to practice listening and communication daily with…
 
Have you ever noticed that when you're feeling hungry, tired, stressed, anxious, nervous, sad, angry or host of other seemingly negative emotions that you are a lot more irritable and tougher to be around? We definitely have and as we have taken a closer look at ourselves and our recent fights, they are usually because there is an external factor t…
 
Ahh the Friendzone. Normally being friends is great but when you have your heart set on being romantically involved with this person but they just don't feel the same it can be devastating. But is being friends all bad? Can you be friends and also be romantically involved? In our experience, the relationships that are first built on a foundation of…
 
Most of us have heard that one of the most common causes of divorce is issues with sexual intimacy. While this is true according to most data, have you ever thought that it must also means that the reverse is true? That one of the greatest areas of joy and connection comes through intimacy and vulnerability with your spouse. Sex isn't just somethin…
 
All of us know about how important it is to be smart with our money and that problems with finances are one of the leading causes of divorce within marriages but what really are we supposed to do? What does it mean to be "smart" with our money? There are so many different resources available that it can get confusing to figure out what steps we nee…
 
Divorce. The D word. No one gets married thinking their marriage will end in divorce, most people assume their love will last forever. But what if it doesn't? What if you're only 23 and your marriage didn't work out? That's Fischer Timothy's story and on this episode he shares his experiences and lessons for all of our benefit so we can know what t…
 
In this episode Nathan and Allie discuss the 3 stages of dating and give their tips, tricks, and advice to help you make the most of each phase. They reveal the favorite dates that they went on and go in depth on the different types of dates you should take each other on. Spoiler alert - some of their favorite dates were FREE! Dating is one of the …
 
In-laws: we all have them (or will someday), but a lot of times talking about our relationships with them can be a touchy subject. You've probably heard the horror stories about the helicopter mother-in-law who won't give you any space, or the over-bearing father-in-law who will try to control your lives. Whatever your feelings about in-laws, the m…
 
Navigating the world of intimacy and birth control can be overwhelming to say the least. Just finding reliable and appropriate information can be a difficult task in itself! One of the best resources is always to work with your doctor or OBGYN to help point you in the right direction to make sure you're prepared in ready for that special night. Tha…
 
Believe us, getting married can be really scary. There is an expectation that you need to become an adult and grow up all at once. You might even think that marriage will be a lot less fun than what your single life. Sometimes this unfortunately is the case but that decisions is completely up to you and your partner! In this episode dating expert a…
 
As newlyweds, unless we the hit the jackpot with a spouse that loves cooking, we get stuck on a diet of fast food, freezer meals, Ramen and Hot Pockets and just thinking about that diet makes my stomach hurt! But it can be difficult when 1. You don't know what to cook and 2. You don't know how to cook it! Not only do we miss out on nutrition with t…
 
When you think about planning a wedding what do you imagine? Bridezillas? Crazy mothers-in-law? Stress!? In this episode we want to shed some light on our wedding and what we wish we could have done differently as well as provide some tips and tricks to make the wedding a special and unifying time of life and not something that you only causes you …
 
Some of the best ways we learn are the through the stories of others in similar positions to us. In this episode Nathan and Allie interview 3 newlywed couples all with less than 6 months of marriage experience to learn from their stories, struggles, and victories. They dive into the topic of expectations and how each of these couple expectations be…
 
"Good is the enemy of great." -Jim Collins One of the biggest barriers to having a great marriage is being content by simply having a good or mediocre marriage. Nate and Angilyn Bagley have dedicated their lives to helping couples escape mediocre marriage and understand what an extraordinary marriage can mean for your life! In this interview with N…
 
One of the most important parts of getting married is trying to find a place where the both of you can live and start your lives together. When we are just getting started however, we don't have much experience in this field and it can be tough to know just where to look to get accurate and reliable information. In this episode Nathan interviews hi…
 
This episode is as close to a free session with a marriage therapist as you can get! Wendi Dunford is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years specializing in individual and couples therapy. Wendi herself said after the episode was recorded, "well there was 20 years of my therapy experience in that episod…
 
Dave and Ashley sit down in the studio with relationship expert, pastor and bestselling author Jonathan Pokluda to discuss how modern trends in dating are having a negative impact in mindsets related to marriage. JP shares hope, humor and practical solutions from his new book, Outdated. Go to premarriage.com to find out more about Preparing for I D…
 
You read that right. 240% just through regular church attendance! That's crazy... or is it? When you really think about it, when was the last time you remember a couple that faithfully and continuously attended church and practiced their faith who then got divorced. It does happen for sure but it is much more rare. This is because when you attend c…
 
While you're dating or engaged, you probably don't think too often about how you are going to handle holidays like Christmas once you're married, but you should! Once you get married, you are becoming part of a whole new family with unique traditions and ways of doing things. It's extremely important to have an idea of how you plan to make this mos…
 
Sexual intimacy is one of the most crucial aspects of having a successful marriage. In many cases sexual intimacy can make or break your marriage! Issues with sexual intimacy is one of the most common culprits in divorce so getting your married life started on the right foot sexually can make all of the difference for your marriage! In this episode…
 
There are two things that are guaranteed in this life... taxes and conflict in marriage. But this marital conflict does not always have to be a bad thing. If done correctly then it is one of the best ways to be seen in your relationship, solve important problems, and grow together as a couple. If done incorrectly then it can quickly spell doom for …
 
The 5 Love Languages, originally developed by Gary Chapman, are 5 methods in which we express and receive love. Being able to speak your partner's love language fluently ensures that their Love Tank and in return yours, will always be full! In this episode Allie and Nathan discuss their own love languages, the importance of knowing your partner's l…
 
In a recent survey, it was discovered that 45% of all divorces can be traced back in some way due to having improper or unrealistic expectations for either the spouse or the marriage in general. That's almost half! This is truly eye opening to just how important it is to manage your marriage expectations. In this episode Allie and Nathan talk about…
 
Finances are one of the most important aspects of a healthy marriage. Managing your finances properly can lead to peace and happiness in marriage. Mismanaged finances lead to stress, confrontation, and a lot of times... divorce. In this episode we share the top five ways that you can prepare for a financially solid marriage! By preparing now while …
 
It's the age old question - How do you know if the person you are dating is right for you? Something that sounds so simple can actually become so complicated and stressful! In this episode Allie and Nathan share their entire story, the ups and downs of how they started dating and decided getting married was right for them. They then analyze their s…
 
Effective communication may be the most important skill that you can work on to help improve your marriage. A big part of being able to communicate effectively is being vulnerable with your partner and expressing your true feelings even when it is difficult or scary. In this episode, Nathan and Allie discuss the importance of vulnerability in marri…
 
(Premarriage Podcast episode 7) Navigating holidays, grandkids and shared time with both sides of the family can sometimes feel like walking through a minefield. Dave and Ashley give practical guidance (and share personal experiences) that can help you and your future spouse enter into marriage with a healthy plan and healthy boundaries for these f…
 
(Premarriage Podcast episode 6) The healthiest marriage are built on a foundation of faith. In this episode, Dave and Ashley talk about how their shared faith in Christ has strengthened and shaped their marriage through the years. Go to premarriage.com to find out about our full Premarriage Course, "Preparing for I Do". Learn more about your ad cho…
 
In this first episode, Allie and Nathan introduce themselves and the premise behind The Marriage Prep Podcast. They outline what to expect with this podcast including the topics that will be discussed, length of episodes, and frequency of posts. This introductory episode will help prepare you to get prepared to create a beautiful marriage! To learn…
 
(Premarriage Podcast episode 5) Every couple is going to have disagreements at times, but with mutual respect and patience, those disagreements can turn into opportunities for growth instead of divisive fights. Dave and Ashley share the conflict resolution tools necessary to help you and your spouse both "win" together in every disagreement. Go to …
 
(Premarriage Podcast episode 4) You'll be giving your marriage a huge headstart if you'll get on the same page with your finances. Most couples face years of unecessary financial stress simply because they didn't have these important conversations about money before the marriage started. Go to premarriage.com to find out about our full Premarriage …
 
(Premarrriage Podcast episode 3) Sex is a vitally-important aspect of a healthy marriage, but sex can also be an area of stress and confusion instead of an area of unity and connection. Dave and Ashley have a candid conversation about sex while bringing up questions and topics you and your fiancee may have never considered. Go to premarriage.com to…
 
(Premarriage Podcast episode 2) Every relationship is going to require conversations around delicate subjects where feelings could get hurt if you don't choose your words carefully. In this episode, Dave and Ashley share the communication tools necessary to talk about your spouse's "annoying habits" and quirks in productive ways instead of insultin…
 
In this first episode of the Premarriage Podcast, Dave and Ashley talk about the most important conversations a couple should have. You'll learn the keys to find agreement around the issues that matter most in your relationship. Go to premarriage.com to find out about our full Premarriage Course, "Preparing for I Do". Learn more about your ad choic…
 
This podcast is part of a larger resource called Preparing for I Do. A premarriage course to help you understand your wedding vows and prepare for marriage. Go to premarriage.com to find out more about Preparing for I Do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy XO Podcast Network, Dave WIllis, Ashley Willis
 
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