(This is an excerpt from A Beginner's Guide to Talmage by Calvin R. Stephens.
Marriage a Part of God’s Eternal Plan. But the bringing of children into the world is but part of God’s beneficent plan of uplift and development through honorable marriage. Companionship of husband and wife is a divinely appointed means of mutual betterment; and according to the measure of holy love, mutual respect and honor with which that companionship is graced and sanctified, do man and woman develop toward the spiritual stature of God. It is plainly the Divine intent that husband and wife should be each the other’s great incentive to effort and achievement in good works. Blessed indeed are the wedded pair who severally find in each a help meet for the other.
A Beginner’s Guide to Talmage, Calvin R. Stephens, pp. 26-7