Marriage Conference - Riverside, CA

Riverside, CA—On November 14, 2009, close to 100 couples from the Southern California region and beyond participated in From This Day Forward, a one-day celebration of marriage commitment opened to the general public and held at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, California.
    Sponsored by Family Ministries of the North American Division, the Pacific Union Conference, and the Southeastern California Conference, this was the last of four marriage conferences taking place across North America in 2009.  
    The event consisted of presentations made by Allan and Deirdre Martin from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Brenda and Mike Auderhar from the Upper Columbia Conference, and by Elaine and Willie Oliver from NAD Family Ministries.  
    During a day that lasted from 9:00 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon, couples learned skills on communication, problem solving, forgiveness and commitment.  They also learned how to be intentional about scheduling times for just having fun and developing spiritual and physical intimacy in marriage.
    One participant shared: “This is our second time to do this with you guys.  It saved our marriage the first time, jump started it, and here we are again only to celebrate and recommit ourselves to each other.”
The event concluded with the renewal of wedding vows and the challenge to have the kind of marriage that gives honor and glory to God by being a strong witness to the Truth. Twelve of the participants requested Bible studies and are being followed-up.
    The next From This Day Forward marriage conference takes place on May 15, 2010, in Stamford, Connecticut. For additional information download the 2010 brochure on the home page.