This class will focus on core principles that are needed for creating healthy couple relationships at any stage of life - dating, courtship, early marriage, or later marriage. We will discuss what it means to view marriage as a divine institution, rather than just a couple relationship. This type of perspective will help you see why incorporating divinely prescribed principles and practices into your relationship is essential to developing an eternal marriage. In this class, you will also be introduced to five foundation principles (Love, Commitment, Equality, Unity, and Intimacy) that both social science experts and sacred teachings emphasize as essential attributes of healthy marriages. Specific ways to strengthen relationships will be discussed; as well as highlighting additional resources that can be used for strengthening your personal relationship in specific areas.
Jason S. Carroll is a Professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University and the Associate Director of the Wheatley Institution. He received his Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Carroll is an internationally-recognized researcher and educator in the areas of marital intimacy, marriage readiness among young adults, the effectiveness of marriage education, and modern threats to marriage (such as pornography, delayed age at marriage, materialism, premarital sexuality, and non-marital childbirth). Dr. Carroll’s work has been featured in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Psychology Today Magazine, National Public Radio, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and other popular media and news outlets. In 2014, Dr. Carroll received the Berscheid-Hatfield Award for Distinguished Mid-Career Achievement, a biennial award given for distinguished scientific achievement by the International Association for Relationship Research.
For many years, Dr. Carroll has been the lead instructor of the popular Preparation for Marriage (“Marriage Prep”) course at Brigham Young University. Currently he is the lead instructor for the new SFL 200 course “The Eternal Family” - a course that services over 1,500 students a year. He and his wife Stefani live in Draper Utah and are the blessed parents of five children.