Reviews

 

10/13/19    Catholic         (California)

We enjoyed having the opportunity to spend quality time with each other. The course was helpful because it brought many important issues and talking points to our attention. Many of which we had not considered prior to taking the course. As a result we have grown closer to each other and we have increased our trust by opening up and being vulnerable with each other. We also have a greater understanding of each other and each other’s values. It has helped prepare for the big decisions to come, made us aware of potential pitfalls, and shown us how to navigate various situations. We would certainly recommend this course to others. – Sheila and Lance

 

9/25/19      Christian      (Texas)

I believe this course will and has already helped us in many ways. I feel that we already communicate better and see each other’s point of views better. This course went over many topics that we have never fully discussed with each other like how we are to raise our kids, and our perspective on life and leisure, and the topic that really pulled at our heartstrings was the parent section. This section helped me see the dynamic of his relationship with his parent. I feel like we can also use this course in the later years if we start to have issues, especially the “issue” portion of this course and the rules for resolving conflict section. Overall I am happy we did the course and know our relationship will be better for it. – Kristin

 

What I found helpful about this course is have a greater insight into Kristin and her feelings towards a broad array of subjects. We knew each other very well before this course, but I do feel I know her even better now. I also feel that I understand some of her frustrations and how they impact her a little better as well. I know specifics of what I do and where I can improve. Having a plan of action to deal with these issues give us accountability moving forward.  – Andres

 

9/22/19      Basic      (Minnesota)

Dear Rev. Frank. I really enjoyed this experience. While we have talked about all of these subjects at different times, it was valuable to spend dedicated time preparing for them and then sharing together. We certainly gained some insights about each other and anticipate an even stronger marriage as a result. It was helpful to have all of the questions laid out and to prepare for conversations ahead of time. We were much more productive in the conversations having thought about them ahead of time. Thanks! – Mason

 

While there was little in this course that my fiance and I had not yet touched on as a topic of conversation, it was very reassuring that we have been communicating well so far in our relationship and will likely continue to do so in marriage. The format of the talks was beneficial in eliciting conversation about the topic at hand as well as side conversations that would arise throughout our discussion. I would recommend this course to couples who are looking for a structured method of communication prior to their big day, as it covers most major topics. – Maggie

 

9/22/19       Christian      (Minnesota)

We would both like to thank you for your teachings. We took many little things in our relationship that seemed like nothing, and when we came together and really started to talk about them we discovered some issues and differences that we had. With the help of your program and the resolving issues steps we were able to talk these things out before they grew into anything bigger. These were only little things in our relationship but to sit down and hold hands and really break everything down was extremely helpful for us. So, we would like to thank you Rev Frank, you have helped open up a clearer line of communication for us and it will be extremely effective in our relationship together and with God. We would definitely recommend it to all our Christian and non-Christian friends. – Brandon and Sammy

 

9/21/19      Christian      (Minnesota)

This program has allowed Denny & I to discuss the hard things that we didn’t feel we needed to talk about, wanted to talk about, or didn’t know how to talk about.  It was an eye-opening experience in ways that I didn’t predict going into it.  I am really happy with how in depth and thorough each subject was and how we had to put time and effort in to make those answers meaningful.  I enjoyed the scripture & prayer before each session.  I would 10/10 recommend this to any other engaged couple.  It was easy to work into our schedules, but allowed us to do it at our own pace. Thanks again!! 🙂 – Lauren and Dennis

 

9/12/19      Catholic      (California)

Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson, we thoroughly enjoyed this online class.  It really touched upon all the important topics/values we have to build a strong foundation of marriage.  Children is one of our issues but we are willing to resolve it together.  Thank you for making this class enjoyable and accessible. – Lisa

 

The marriage preparation class was interesting and challenging at the same time.  A lot of topics were covered in the course which we have not really discussed before.  Some questions required a lot of thought and discussion, which will prepare us for our marriage. – Dung

 

9/11/19      Christian     (Minnesota)

This has been a great experience for us to learn more about each other personally, and as a couple. It is both exciting and eye-opening to hear some of the conversations. We brought each other to tears in happiness several times when reading the answers. This is something we may not have had an opportunity to complete without the suggestion from the Church and we are very happy that we got through it together. Overall, great experience, and happy you have been able to help us as a couple. – Kyle and Eva

 

9/3/19        Basic       (Minnesota)

I feel good about where we were prior to the course, but the course did a great job of helping us organize and articulate our thoughts on these important topics. I enjoyed the sections about money and children. The issues section was challenging, but I feel like it put us back on the same page with what we can work on to make our relationship stronger. This was a great exercise to complete before our wedding to get our communication on the right track. I think this will help us in our marriage, especially related to dealing with issues. – Anne

The conversations were good for the most part. I wasn’t expecting a religious topic so struggled with that. It was good to write things down before we talked about them. The couple checkup report had some cool information. – Michael

 

9/1/19       Catholic       (Pennsylvania)

I appreciate how efficient this course was, the directions were step-by-step which made everything so much easier on our end. We both learned a ton – from handling arguments, to finding out exactly what we want together in life as a married couple. We took time to recognize our downfalls and we also talked about our positive traits and why we love each other. I liked that this course talked a lot about faith. I feel that God is a huge part in marriage. In order to have a strong, healthy and lasting marriage we should stay close to the Lord. We value praying and will continue to do so; through good and bad. We also plan to get to church as often as we can, not just holidays and some Sundays. We know how important all of that is. – Paige

 

I am very satisfied that after researching different marital preparatory classes we chose this one, and I am confident that we made the right choice. This course was very enjoyable, and it allowed us to have what could have been difficult talks in a more relaxed atmosphere. It helped us to prepare for some things that we were unaware of and helped us to expand on topics that we discussed early on in our relationship. I particularly enjoyed the format and felt that it was perfect for our hectic lives. My fiancé and I have different work schedules, so it is nearly impossible for us to make time for a lot of things in life. The format of this course allowed us to complete the course on our own time and go back to review if we missed a teaching. I will be recommending this course to family and friends who are looking for something like this in the future. – Corey

 

8/29/19        Catholic        (California)

I found it really helped that this course brought up subjects that were pertinent to our marriage down the line (i.e. money & children) and allowing us to discuss about it before we get married. This allowed us to know whether we were on the same page. I found that learning what qualities attracted my fiance to me at first was enjoyable. – Anne

 

I found it helpful that we were able to come together to discuss important topics that we may have never done on our own until we have come across it. I enjoyed discussing our viewpoints about how to raise and discipline our kids. This has helped contribute to our preparation for marriage because we were able to talk out any topics that we weren’t on the same page about. – Mark

 

8/27/19      Basic        (Texas)

I found this course to be a nice reprieve from wedding planning. The questions are very thorough and we enjoyed going over them. Each worksheet progresses with a flow that was very good to start off these conversations with and to continue going and really make the most of our time together. The topics were relevant and allowed us to explore new conversations that we had not had before in some cases, which is always nice. I would recommend this course to any couple.  – Kailey

 

This course was helpful in the sense that it gave us an outlet for our feelings and forced us to tell each other how we felt. Sometimes life gets busy and you don’t take the time to tell one other what is on your mind, so I felt that this was a refreshing reminder of how to always be communicative and open. In going over these questions and having a guideline for conversations, we were able to discuss important topics with ease and structure. I enjoyed the questions so much that I will be using them as a reference for my vows! Highly recommend. – Brittany

 

8/25/19     Christian      (Texas)

We enjoyed the course.  We appreciated your guidance and the thought-provoking questions in each session.  It helped us work through our different financial management ideas. Since I’m in Texas and Chris, my fiancé, is in Kentucky it was great to go through a premarital counseling course online. I would tell other couples it’s an excellent course, convenient and very helpful in talking through situations that often arise in a marriage. – Rachelle

 

The course provided a great period of reflection. It reminded us of our place in Gods plan….as a couple committed to one another. It reminds us to think….talk….listen…pray. Thank you for the reflective moments. – Chris

 

8/24/19      Basic      (Minnesota)

This course was wonderful. I feel like we were able to have some wonderful conversations that really allowed us to revisit topics that we don’t consider very often. I can’t thank you enough for this very helpful and enjoyable experience. I would absolutely recommend this course to other couples and encourage them to take the time, because it really gives insight to yourself and your relationship. – Ali

 

Thank you for your course. We have been together for almost a decade, but it was so nice to go through your conversations together and reconnect on topics that we don’t think about very often. These topics are things that we could see ourselves revisiting again in the future. The topic questions were structured in such a way that they didn’t seem like we needed to feel or answer in a certain way. It flowed very well and felt natural to answer and talk about. We would recommend this online course to another couple, because it covered topics that need to be discussed before marriage, but did it in a very enjoyable way. Thanks again – Andrew

 

8/24/19     Catholic      (Alberta, Canada)

Thank you for your course. It is really helpful. We have been sitting together and talking about the course. Now we understand more about each other and know how to keep the love after marriage. This course also helped me improve relationships with my parents. Thank you very much. I’ll recommend this course to friends. – Vy

 

We want to send our thanks to you and especially to our Catholic community. The course is very useful to help us understand each other and give us many ideas about life after marriage. Throughout the course, we experienced the magic of the love of God when we sit together and talk about our life. The course also mentions the actual life of the couple, from the financial to having kids. Therefore, it helped us to get prepared for our future in the long term. The course is very valuable, I will introduce it to my sisters one day when they get married. – Quang

 

8/14/19     Christian      (Minnesota)

I thought the course went very well, and that the pacing and structure was just right and really helped us to talk through things that we may never have talked about. Overall, I liked it and would recommend it to others. – Austin

 

I really enjoyed doing this course because it brought us together in connecting with one another. We both felt that we have addressed most of the topics at some point in our relationship, but it was beneficial to go more in depth with them, and it raised points that may have never crossed our minds before. We also deeply appreciated that we could go through it at our own pace. We are both busy people and it really helped that we could set our own schedule. We are both walking away with a better sense of each other and more excitement for the wedding day to come! – Amanda

 

8/14/19    Christian     (Minnesota)

I enjoyed the quality time we spent doing these sessions and learning new ways to handle issues and conflicts. It was helpful to find ways to consider each other’s feelings and opinions. We became more open to ways to deal with conflicts. We also found your recorded videos helpful and soothing as it wasn’t just a “do along class” that way. It changed our outlook on what we want our marriage to be and how to work towards our goals. It gave us resources, thoughts, etc. to reflect upon when we have good times and bad. The online class gave us freedom to go at our own pace and confidence in your own home setting at the same time I had a “mentor” feeling from Rev. Frank. Thank you so much for this awesome course. – Megan

 

I really enjoyed the self-paced course and discussion we had at the dinner table. I enjoyed your recorded videos/sessions. I found this course very helpful in that we as a couple felt comfortable discussing the session topics at home together. The sessions were well put together to lead talks in important topics. It changed our outlook on what we want our marriage to be and what we want to build on. It has given us resources and thoughts to reflect on. I would recommend this online course in a heartbeat to friends. The self-paced sessions in your own home really leads to deep, meaningful conversations. Thank you. – Casey

 

8/7/19      Basic        (Minnesota)

Carter & I have been together for almost 10 years and are getting married on September 7th. We have had quite a journey with one another, and this course helped us learn even more about one another. At times it got difficult, but we worked through our issues and ultimately grew with the questions that you provided. We took a deeper look at one another and I feel it really helped us prepare for our wedding day and after. I enjoyed the in-depth questions the most. Talking about the issues was the most difficult for us, I wish that we had discussed this early on in the packet rather than the very last one. We will follow up with the wedding and one-year anniversary packs as the days come. I would 100% recommend this to any couple getting married. It fit perfect for our busy life style. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to do the packet when we had time and picking up right where we left off. We also wanted to do this one because it wasn’t heavily focused on religion, but yet we touched base on it and found out that we are wanting to start going to church again once we move into our new house in two weeks. Thank you so much for providing this course as we begin our journey together as a married couple. This helped us grow tremendously and I would recommend it to anyone! I will certainly tell people about this and how much it helped Carter and I grow in our relationship. – Shelby and Carter

 

7/31/19      Christian     (Minnesota)

At first I thought this was going to be just another run of the mill counselling course where you give your answers to very generic questions and be on your merry way.  To my surprise in was quite in depth, very thorough, and very helpful.  Even though some part were a little preachy for my non-religious/spiritual views (namely the prayers, but I understand why they are included) I did find this course very helpful and thought provoking. It helped in many ways.  Some of the ways include finding different ways to ask questions or ask questions that you may not have thought to ask, coming up with discussion points and ways to deal with problems that may arise. I would recommend the course to other couples and tell them: “Be prepared. This course if taken honestly will open your eyes if they are not open, and it will give you tools to deal with problems.  So take it honestly and put some effort into answering the questions. It will help you and your significant other more than if you just breeze through it.” – Brian

 

I thought this pre-marriage counseling was going to be easy at first. I thought my fiancé and I had talked about everything we needed to before our beg day. I was completely wrong. This course has taught me so much about myself and my partner. I really enjoyed the deep conversations we got into about everything. I also enjoyed that we could do it at our own pace.  – Alexandra

 

7/25/19     Catholic     (California)

We were able to take away many new approaches to our relationship discussions. This course allowed us to communicate together more than what we currently do. We realized as a couple that we don’t talk about a lot of situations and just let the issue go away on its own. During the course we agreed to change how we handle ourselves and not let the little things get in the way of our relationship. – Johandra

 

It was a great way to express our feelings and issues to one another, which is something that is often not an easy thing to bring up to discussion. This came at an especially important time for us, as we often found ourselves wrapped up in the stress and excitement of wedding planning. We loved that these exercises served as a reminder to one another of how much we love each other and why it is we chose one another to spend the rest of our lives with. Thank you for guiding the conversation leading up to our special day and reminding us why it is we are getting married to one another. – Brian

 

7/24/19     Christian     (Minnesota)

I enjoyed the thoroughness of the course from the reminder of what brought us together, to family influences through to talking through issues.  I found the issues conversation to be the most helpful as we learn better communication tools/methods.  I feel I better understand our differences and areas that may need more attention to develop in unity.  This makes me feel more prepared for marriage because it has made me more confident.  – Janelle

 

I enjoyed learning many of our answers were in sink with each other as predicted. I enjoyed her conversion over items we have not involved before and to learn from them. The helpful thing was the questions hitting many topics which we drew our conversations from to come to come to our conclusions. I would recommend this to new couples so they know all aspects of what they are entering and to know they are true to each other as I feel about Janell. This verified my love for her and my heart to be with her forever truthfully and loving. May God bless us all. – Dana

 

7/20/19      Catholic     (Illinois)

This course was very helpful for me to open up about hard topics like money, our parents and what our marriage would look like. Doing these worksheets allowed each of us to speak truthfully and we were able to learn more about one another. Some of the things Joe said about me I never really knew that he felt like that, he said such wonderful things that it makes me love him even more and I know that he is such a Godly man. This really prepared us for our marriage because we were able to talk about financial issues and what our future would look like and when we want to have kids. This allowed us to share our thoughts and be on the same page before marriage. I would recommend this to other couples that are getting married it was such a fun time to sit together and read each paragraph and come together and talk about our answers. – Karolina

 

I really liked getting to know Karolina better and what her standards are in marriage and what she is looking for in a partner. This allowed us both to encourage one another and be there for one another, we laughed, we cried, and we came together as a couple and are so much stronger from this. I don’t like talking about money, but I was really able to talk to Karolina about my loans and what we should do as a couple with our finances. This allowed us both to think about things the way we never thought about things especially topics like this. This prepared us for our future and we now know that we can talk about these things whenever and we can always look back on these work sheets. We love the idea of keeping these and having them in the future to look back at. I would recommend this to couples that are going to get married. – Joe

 

7/17/19      Basic      (Minnesota)

I enjoyed the program. It touched on a few things I really hadn’t thought about. For instance, he enjoys doing certain chores.  I always assume women do inside and men do outside, but Brian at times helps around the house and doesn’t mind doing it. I find myself gardening more than I used to or I should say I enjoy it more now. It was a helpful tool. Brian shares his feelings with me openly. I, on the other hand, have a harder time speaking up right away and I sit on things for a while, which I know is not a good idea, so I am working on letting my feelings out in the moment. We both have been married before and I have gone through marriage preparation, but it was nothing like this. It was a quick inventory and a few questions. This course was much more in depth. We talked a lot during our sessions and found out more things about each other. For example, Brian is more sensitive and vulnerable than I realized, and I need to recognize this and take his feelings into account. To wrap things up I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone getting married for the first or second time. It was helpful and really made us look at yourselves and our relationship. Thank you for all your help. It was a pleasure meeting you. – Ann

 

Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed your course. Opened my eyes to a new way of thinking about a marriage and relationship. There are many new things Ann and I learned about each other and how to deal with problems in a relationship. It was well thought out and very well written. I especially like the parts on problem solving and financial goals. Many people could learn a lot from your course on how to deal with problems, get along better, and how to resolve differences before they turn into a argument. There are many things in your course that apply to new couples as well as married people on how to resolve differences and also how to address financial matters with conversation and with each other. Again thank for the well written course. – Brian

 

7/14/19     Christian     (Australia/England)

From my perspective, I found the course both enjoyable and helpful. It encouraged David and I to have some important and valuable conversations about our relationship. This is especially pertinent in the lead up to a wedding when it can be so easy to get distracted by the chaos of planning, that at times you can lose focus on what you’re doing it all for! While the conversations were hard at times (for me the one on ‘our parents’ was particularly difficult), it was important to take the time to reflect on these topics. I have already recommended it to a friend and will continue to do so! We have really valued the insight this course has brought us and thank you for providing such a thoughtful and brilliant pre-marriage prep course. – Miranda

 

As someone who can, at times, find it difficult to know how to talk about personal topics like these, I found the course a useful way of reflecting openly with Miranda. The questions themselves were thought-provoking and often got us talking for hours beyond the exercise itself. I would recommend to any couple in the lead up to their marriage. – David

 

7/14/19     Basic      (Texas)

Dr. Rev. Frank Nelson, this experience has been refreshing. James and I have been together for six and a half years, and these conversations have enabled us to grow as a couple as we begin our adventure in marriage. It really has allowed us to express our feelings for one another in ways that we don’t often find time for. I do have a suggestion for another topic that may help future couples. I think there should be a conversation about social media and other applications. With the way things are going in this world, it seems to be more and more relevant to couples. Thank you for helping us to build a solid foundation for a GREAT marriage. – Brittanie

 

Dr. Rev. Frank Nelson, thank you for taking the time to create this program. It’s been such good help on us getting to know more about one another. I did find a couple of questions that we didn’t record our answers but we did discuss them in more detail to one another. I think those were some things that me and her could discuss but not write down. We will tell other engaged couples about your program, so it can help them get even closer to one another. – James

 

7/10/19    Catholic      (California)

I hope you are having a great day. Please see the attachment for electronic copies of our homework. Thank you for providing us with materials to help us prepare for marriage. The discussions we had helped us to better communicate about topics that we haven’t thought about, despite the fact that we have been engaged for almost a year. The course allowed me to better understand my fiance, and I have learned to appreciate our differences. The lessons have given us a foundation to strengthen our relationship. Overall, I feel more prepared for any potential challenges that we may face as husband and wife. Again, thank you for the opportunity to learn this course. – Carolyn

 

This online marriage preparation course helped my fiance and I enter our first step in marriage. This class helped us open up more to each other and our faith in God. I liked how the class was very convenient and easy to use. Each video that was provided  helped guide us with the homework. Putting the homework and including it in a date night helped us get away from the loudness of reality, and be able to be more romantic with each other while having a conversation. The class went over many things and how we can overcome an argument. I really enjoyed this course and will definitely recommend it to my friends who are about to get married as well. God Bless. – Dai

 

7/9/19     Basic       (Minnesota)

I enjoyed the program. It touched on a few things I really hadn’t thought about. For instance, he enjoys doing certain chores.  I always assume women do inside and men do outside, but Brian at times helps around the house and doesn’t mind doing it. I find myself gardening more than I used to or I should say I enjoy it more now. It was a helpful tool. Brian shares his feelings with me openly. I, on the other hand, have a harder time speaking up right away and I sit on things for a while, which I know is not a good idea, so I am working on letting my feelings out in the moment. We both have been married before and I have gone through marriage preparation, but it was nothing like this. It was a quick inventory and a few questions. This course was much more in depth. We talked a lot during our sessions and found out more things about each other. For example, Brian is more sensitive and vulnerable than I realized, and I need to recognize this and take his feelings into account. To wrap things up I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone getting married for the first or second time, It was helpful and really made us look at yourselves and our relationship. Thank you for all your help. It was a pleasure meeting you. – Ann and Brian

 

7/8/19     Basic      (Texas)

Dear Rev, words fail me in the quest to convey my heart felt gratitude to you for your beautiful online marriage course. The videos tell us expressly how peaceful marriage can be. The session I found most impactful was the “Rules For Resolving Issues.” It was mind blowing to know that conflict resolution is actually designed to bring couples even closer. Holding our hands through the whole exercise bonded our love the more. I feel so blessed and I can’t wait to tell about it to friends and family. Thanks. – Johnny

 

Dear Rev Frank, it was most exhilarating going through your online course. I found it to be particularly inspiring and helpful. Truth be told, it has shed more light on some dark areas of our relationship and we have made changes which are already obvious. We want to thank you for putting this together and we will definitely share it with our friends and family. Thanks. – Duncan

 

7/6/19     Catholic       (Ukraine/Canada)

I really enjoyed following this program before the wedding. I find that the exercises that were asked of us allowed us to reflect on very important topics for a new married couple. These reflections also allowed us to better communicate certain concerns or desires that we had. I believe this exercise should be done by all couples wishing to get married. We were able to better position our ideas and values as a couple, and we emerged stronger from this step. – Anna

 

It was quite interesting to see what our opinions were similar on many things. It really created amazing discussions. In every theme, we have been exposed to questions we never have thought about before and it was beautiful to share it as a couple. I really understand why it’s important to do the wedding preparation. It does help with communication and definitely made us start this new step of our lives on a better base. Again, Thank you so much. It was amazing. – Alex

 

7/3/19      Basic      (Minnesota)

Overall, my experience with this course went really great. I think Brian and I have gotten down to more of a personal level when discussing our answers, especially during the issues topic. I feel like we have really understood each other during this process. I enjoyed answering all the questions because it’s stuff you never really think about on a day to day basis. It was fun to open up to each other. I would recommend this course to all couples because it will really help the future of their marriage. It’s a good way to really talk about things and learn how to talk. I think that’s most important is on how to talk to each other. I think that part is most helpful to Brian and I and I think to everyone out there. We are all human and we make mistakes. By knowing how to talk to each other, it would reach a better outcome. Thanks again Rev. Frank for this course. It really helped us and we appreciate the step-by-step process you took us through. It helped guide us to learn more about each other and that its important. – Jessica

 

I enjoyed that there were many different topics covered. It was good to think about faith and money and children (and more) as these are things we sometimes think about but it usually gets pushed to the back burner. The issues conversation was the most helpful I think. It was really well laid out and made sure both parties could get plenty of explanation in on their viewpoint and also have a chance to listen. It is a good framework to use when something else pops up in our lives together. I liked the flexibility of the online option, but I would suggest to other couples that they should keep a more consistent schedule when doing these conversations than we did. This may have been the fault of my Chromebook, but I was having trouble saving my typed up answers in the documents, so I had to write them all out by hand. All in all though, this course was a good experience and I’m glad we did it. Thanks. – Brian

 

7/3/19      Catholic       (Texas)

Dear Rev. Frank, we already had an idea of what the marriage was like, seeing our parents and grandparents but with the course we took we have gone deeper into what is the sacrament of marriage. When Luis and I talked about it, we agreed that we were very moved by all the talks we had, but especially “Our Love Life” and “Issues”. It was very flexible, the fact of working in the talks to our times and spaces made us more in confidence to finish the course successfully. Totally recommended. – Mariela

 

Dear Rev. Frank, this course helped me a lot to see marriage in a different way, to understand what the true purpose of marriage is and to better understand Mariela in the issues that cause conflict in our relationship, to know how to handle these same issues and to reach mutual agreements. We are a team and we need to always support and understand each other. The course was extremely flexible, the instructions and videos very clear, it was not difficult at all. We highly recommend it. Thanks!! – Luis Calleros

 

6/23/19    Catholic    (Minnesota)

I thought this course was very helpful for us to begin to communicate about topics or issues that are not usually brought up in everyday conversation. This was a good way for us to be forced to talk about things that are necessary to know about each other but can sometimes be hard to bring it up ourselves without a little push. I am very thankful for this course and I feel like I have a much better understanding of Tim and where he is coming from and it has really helped us already in our normal conversations. One of our biggest weaknesses when we first started this course was conflict resolution, but after having all of these conversations we have greatly improved in this area. When we did the couples checkup this even showed up now as one of our strengths. – Jenn

 

This online marriage prep was really good for me to get to know Jenn better. I learned a lot about her and it was fun to compare the different ways we grew up. At first I was confused on why some of the topics were in this course, but after talking them through I could understand why they were important parts of a relationship and the topics all helped us grow as a couple. I think I have more confidence in our relationship even than I had before and I know we have even more tools and knowledge to have a happy healthy marriage for the rest of our lives. – Tim

 

6/21/19     Catholic        (Arkansas)

This Marriage preparation class was very relaxed and flexible.  It allowed us to work on it at our own pace and leisure. The class touched upon many subjects that were very relevant in a marriage and allowed for some real conversations.  I think being able to have these conversations in private really allowed us to open up and know what we want out of our marriage more. – Hanh and Edward

 

6/18/19     Catholic         (California)

Prepping before the wedding day with this online course was a great experience. Sometimes we find ourselves so busy with all the wedding preparations but this course made me realize that it is nice to sit together with my fiancé in a quiet spot and really appreciate and understand what a marriage is. During this course not only were we able to talk to each other about how we felt towards specific topics but most importantly we were able to sit down and pray for each other. During this course we both expressed are feelings and thoughts from the first day we met and saw each other, it was a great feeling finding out what my fiancé first thought of me and knowing that nothing has changed. We both prayed to live a marriage full of love, honesty and faith. We pray that God blesses us with children in which we are ready to raise in faith and in a community where God will be the center of our home. I was also able to talk to my fiancé regarding our work and our families. Growing up I was taught to always work hard and sometimes I have noticed that I work too much and don’t spend a lot of leisure time with my loved ones. That is something I prayed to God to help me balance out my work with leisure time. A topic that was also important for us to talk about and pray about was our parents we both come from different families and were both raised differently, I am extremely thankful that we are both understanding of each other and are able to talk about how we will now raise our future kids. This course was definitely enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone, I really felt like I connected with my fiancé. This course will be a big help in preparation to our wedding as it gave us the ability to remind us of where our love first started and how we would love for it to continue to grow through out the years. Most importantly I will take this course as a guidance to always remembering the importance of prayer to keep us close forever. – Melanie

 

The online marriage preparation course is a great stepping stone to further my relationship with my fiancé. It allowed us to both open up and express how we truly feel leading up to the wedding and give us what we hope to experience that day. I found out what my fiancé would like to express to our parents and was able to express to her how I felt about hers. It allowed us time of prayer in silence and showed us the value of what just as little as 60 seconds of prayer together can make us feel even closer and stronger to god and each other. This program reminded us of how we felt when we first met and how we have grown to love each other stronger. It reminded us of all the obstacles we have over come and gave us tools to over come future issues we may encounter. We were reminded that we need to keep our faith strong in our upcoming marriage and center it around each other with god. I feel that this program was great in bringing my fiancé and I on the same page to how we want to move forward with our future as one. – Jonatan

 

6/13/19      Christian       (Texas)

Dear Rev. Frank, we fully enjoyed getting to go through these videos and conversations with each other before we embark on our new lives as a married couple. We didn’t feel we would have learned so much about each other during this course, due to us being together for 8 years, but we were surprised at what we did learn. Going through and answering these conversations and then listening to the other one’s responses, we really thought was helpful. It not only gave us a chance to learn but it let us bond as a couple and talk about the answers we gave and got to come up with great ideas that we will use in the future as we go through the rest of our lives together. We feel this changed our perspective on counseling, it let us be more open without knowing it, it’s easy to keep things in, but when you are asked to put it on a piece of paper and then discuss it, it really helps put things out there and into perspective. We really did enjoy that part. We already have a pretty good communication system but some of the conversations that we were asked to talk about were ones that we haven’t yet discussed or haven’t discussed that thoroughly, and now that we have we feel we are able to have a healthy and happy marriage. We will definitely recommend this marriage preparation course to many people who are about to get married. It really did help us and gave a chance to talk about issues now and see how alike or different we are when a situation might come about and how we will be able to solve it or get through it. Thank you so much for this opportunity and we appreciate your hard work into this program to make for our happy and healthy marriage we now embark on. – Kristen and Breck

 

6/4/19       Basic          (Texas)

I found the course to be very thought-provoking. I appreciated the variety of topics, from worldly to spiritual, it covered all aspects of a married life and issues that may arise. It was very enjoyable discussing my present and future with my to be husband. We laughed and we cried talking about everything so personal to each of us. We shared memories and hopes and wishes. It was indeed a memorable experience. I would definitely recommend the course to all couples regardless of how well they think they know each other. You may be surprised by some of your partner’s answers! – Sahar

 

It was an eye opener! I’m not a man of many words. This course forced me to communicate with my soon-to-be wife in ways I have never before. I could tell how much she enjoyed and appreciated it. Made me realize how important a good in-depth conversation is. I learned so much about her even after knowing each other for over 2 years. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who, like me, has a hard time opening up and talking about sensitive topics. – Venancio

 

6/2/19      Christian      (Texas)

This course was very helpful, because it got me to think outside the box. I also think it will make me always consider both of our feelings at all times. We are both going in with our eyes more wide open. Very good course. Thanks. – Don

 

Thank you so much for answering our calls when we had questions. The course was easy and enlightening. We had fun discussing the topics that you had in there. There you again. – Ivy

 

5/30/19      Christian      (Minnesota)

I thought the class was very insightful. It gave us a chance to be open, honest and talk about topics that we haven’t even thought about discussing before. It was a great way to ensure our love, appreciation, support for each other as well as to realize the compromises we even make for each other. Talking about these topics made me feel important and made me feel like Michael is also very important and that it is crucial that we come to agreements with things. I feel as though this class definitely has better prepared us for our upcoming marriage! – Kayla

 

I also thought this class was very insightful. I never would have even thought about having some of these conversations and they definitely made me feel closer to Kayla. I am glad that we got to have such in depth conversations before our big day, because I would have hated for them to come out of the blue as a surprise later on. I was surprised how well we agreed with each other or the way that we both realized we would be willing to make compromises for one another, I think that is very important. I am glad we took this class to better prepare our future ahead together. – Michael

 

5/23/19      Catholic       (Wisconsin)

Danny and I loved your marriage course. While we have discussed much of the content, it was really nice to dive deeper into the topics. In addition, it was really great to go over what we love about each other. Sometimes it seems as though those things are known and don’t need to be said. However, it was great to really take time to tell Danny what I love about him and it was nice to hear what he loves about me. Lastly, my favorite part was the “Resolution Agreement” that we both signed. – Anne 

 

Anne Marie and I had a great time with your marriage prep course! The course content was immensely beneficial, particularly regarding big decisions to be made down the road. It feels good to be on the same page moving forward and understanding our opinions on matters that we probably wouldn’t have dove into at this point in our lives. It was also awesome discussing our love for each other! Vocally expressing this, discussing our feelings and how we want to be loved was a huge takeaway from this course and something that will stay with me for years to come. – Danny

 

5/23/19       Basic          (Minnesota)

these topics we have discussed previously, which we took as a great sign, but also it was nice to be able to discuss further on them and set aside time for that. We really enjoyed the class and have recommended it to another couple actually! – Olivia and Matt

 

5/22/19      Christian      (Minnesota)

Dear Rev. Frank, we have really enjoyed going through this course. Having an option to do part of the course online has been very helpful with my chaotic work schedule working 12-hour nights. What I have found to be most valuable is that going through these conversations has strengthened my relationship with Andrew. At first, I wasn’t sure we’d want to do a course, but we’ve learned a lot and grown through the process. – Jacia

 

Dear Rev. Frank, I think the value of this course has been in building a stronger personal relationship with my fiancé. Often times in life we go through the whirlwind without asking the important questions. I think this course has provided a good framework to discuss deeper issues and goals. – Andrew

 

5/20/19         Catholic          (California)

Rev. Frank, my review of this class is a pleasant one. At first I felt overwhelmed looking at the work involved with the class. It was only a momentary feeling. Since once we started the classes I felt that a whole other thought process entered my reality. I thought differently and I looked at the world around me with a better understanding of what marriage was. As a couple we enjoyed entering into the questions. It helped us have an open dialogue about our future marriage. I appreciate your help. – Brenda 

 

Dear Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson, I’d like to start by saying thank you for the opportunity to do this course with my fiance. It was a great and wonderful experience that helped us reflect not only on ourselves but our love for each other and how we plan to continue our lives together as a married couple. I know the road ahead is not going to be easy but with conversations like this and keeping God at the center of it we can get through anything. The videos helped explain everything more in depth as well. I know these conversations will be something my fiance and I will be thankful for. Again, thank you and God bless you. – Antonio

 

5/17/19         Basic               (Texas)

We were so excited to come across your course when we decided to elope in San Antonio. Although we have been together for some time, we definitely wanted to assure that marriage was right for us and your course definitely did that.  We enjoyed it so much, we stayed up all night completing it and enjoying each other’s conversation.  The organization and self pace of the program was great, the topics of conversations and discussions were very enjoyable.  Stephen enjoyed the finance and children aspect since we tend to put that conversation on the back burner, and I loved that we were able to address an issue we were both concerned with.  I feel that this prep course has definitely given us a strong foundation for communication during marriage. – Klarissa and Stephen

 

5/12/19      Basic         (Texas)

I really enjoyed Our Love Life & Our Parents section- Our love life helped me in knowing my feeling towards my partner. It made me deeply think about my subconscious and answer the questions. The parents section helped me in appreciating my parents, revisiting the childhood days and realizing I need to be more expressive towards them. Both of us were very positive after taking the course and felt more connected as a couple. The questions in every section were very appropriate and made us think deeper about the future, about us and where we wish to be in the next 5 years. I feel it will help every couple in connecting and making the bond stronger. – Vraj

 

I liked the rules for resolving conflicts part as that made me understand how we can resolve issues in a dignified manner instead of getting mad or shouting at each other. It made me realize I need to be more patient during a conflict and how patiently talking can help in solving it easily. The leisure and work section helped in knowing what our priorities are for the upcoming years. – Chandni

 

5/2/19       Catholic      (Italy)

I was skeptical at the beginning but I soon realized that the conversations made me write down things that all together I probably would have never said to Paula. Our life is so busy that having to answer the same questions independently, had a great consequence of realizing how much we are aligned with each other in the important points of thinking in our life. I concluded this course has been very helpful. – Roberto

We really enjoyed going over answers to the same questions included in the conversations. The way the course is structured guided us towards reminding each other the values that matters for us and our positions on these values. The course reminded us the foundation of our love and made us even stronger. – Paula

 

4/26/19     Christian      (Texas)

Dear Reverend Frank, first, I want to say thank you for making this program a possibility. I loved the convenience of the program. My fiancé and I live a little over an hour apart. While I realize, this is still very close and we could have made accommodations to meet halfway, with our work schedules, it just wasn’t going to work the way we needed it to. I really looked forward to having our conversations each week, my love language is words of affirmation and so hearing my fiancé talk to me and affirm me verbally really filled me up. I enjoyed having guiding questions that served as a bit of a springboard to open doors for our conversations and rabbit holes. If I were recommending this to friends, I would tell them there was not pressure, I was comfortable the whole time, but we were still exposed to conversations that we maybe hadn’t brought up on our own. This counseling had us speaking on things that are real life applications through marriage that we had not yet discussed. While we agreed on a lot of things, this course also allowed me to see some things about my fiancé in a different light. I was also able to say some things I had been hesitant to say through the comfort of your course and its conversations. I really enjoyed this and I am really looking forward to our special Anniversary conversations every year to come. – Cristina and Christopher

 

4/24/19      Catholic     (Texas)

We really enjoyed going over all the different topics. We found that the questions sparked conversation and made us curious in many ways to know more about each other and how we think about certain things. The course helped us talk about our differences in a very loving way. We particularly liked the cues to hold each other’s hands as well as the Reflection and Prayer in silence together.  We think that the topics that we discussed in the course were very helpful in thinking about how we will plan a future together. The issues section was also a great hands-on activity where we were able to talk about one of our major differences in a respectful and affectionate way, getting to the deeper issues underpinning our differences. Thank you for the course! We had fun with it!  – Andrea and Julio

 

4/16/19     Christian     (Minnesota)

I did not think I would enjoy marriage counseling because I have a harder time opening up. However, this experience was an eye opener because it helped me discuss with Matt important matters and life situations that I might have avoided talking about if it weren’t in front of us. It really was an enlightening time! – Claire

 

My experience with the counseling was mostly positive. I enjoyed going though the modules with Claire and hearing each other’s answers. The only part I struggled with was the length of it given Claire and I have such a short engagement. At the end though I’m glad we had the opportunity to go through it together. – Matt

 

4/15/19     Basic      (Texas)

Dear Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson, we thoroughly enjoyed your online premarital counseling course. With only a few weeks before our wedding, it was necessary for us to take a course that was flexible but worthwhile of our time and effort. We definitely learned a lot more about each other throughout this process and would recommend it to any couple. In addition, being able to reflect on paper will help us tremendously in writing our vows! Thank you again for everything. Sincerely, Priscilla and Mike

4/13/19     Catholic     (California)

Tea: Through this course I learn a lot about myself and also my soon to be husband. For the first time since we dated I know how he feels about me and about us getting married. By answering the questions together, we got to understand each other more and also how to go about things when our marriage have problems. I learned that marriage is not all about having kids and spending a lifetime together, but to make it work requires a lot of understanding and effort putting into it. I enjoyed going through this course mainly because we laughed about the answers we gave to each other and it was just fun. Thanks so much. – Tea

Kevin: I normally don’t like to answer questions that are kind of corny and religious. I originally not a catholic, my family is buddhist, but I converted to Catholic with my girlfriend. From this course I appreciate her more, because never in a hundred years would I think of questions like these to ask myself and to ask her. From this I learned more about her, and her characteristics and what I will do to make her happier and feel that she is with the right person in our marriage. So thank you. – Kevin

 

4/11/19    Basic      (Minnesota)

Dear Reverend Frank, thank you so much for your help in preparing us for our marriage. It was a welcome change of pace in wedding planning to take time to focus together on the reason for the occasion – our joining together in marriage. In many ways the course helped us affirm our choice to wed, bringing us closer together, although just as valuable was its ability to promote discussion on things we hadn’t yet discussed or agreed on. We’ve chatted with our friends about our experience along the way and many have mentioned how valuable they would have found the experience had they done it. We feel so grateful to have found our way to the course! Thanks again! – Katie

 

We very much enjoyed the process of working through the marriage prep course. It provided a nice framework for readdressing several important issues in a productive and reaffirming way. It gave us a chance to prioritize having important discussions in a way that I think will keep them highlighted in our minds for years to come. The course also allowed us a moment away from wedding planning and the hustle and bustle of life to focus on each other deliberately and lovingly. In short, our relationship was only made stronger by completing this well-crafted course. Many thanks!  – Robben

 

4/8/19       Basic       (Texas)

I think this was a very valuable experience. Going through all of these explicit talking points was definitely something that we have done throughout our relationship but sitting down and really focusing all of our energy onto them was a truly valuable experience to get us on the same page and in the right place before we say I Do. I enjoyed really taking a deeper look at our relationship and hearing my partner’s perspective on some of the things about our future and past. It was helpful to really break down the relationship and see where we are both coming from so we know how to move forward. I would definitely recommend this course to other couples. Having these structured conversations can help put your relationship in focus and the path you want to go down moving forward more visible. – Megan

 

I enjoyed the ability to talk about subjects that we haven’t necessarily discussed before completing this course.  Prior to this course, we never really defined what love meant to each other or what we expect of each other in the future.  This course was helpful because it allowed us to have difficult/awkward conversations that we would never really have discussed prior to our wedding day.  I would recommend this approach for couples that are very busy throughout the day because it really makes you take step back from life and truly examine your relationship as a couple. – John

 

4/8/19      Christian       (Texas)

Dear Reverend Frank, first and foremost, thank you for everything. This was very well done and it forced my fiance, Joanna Fernandes and I to think through and spend time with some important marital concerns. It was thorough and comprehensive. We realize just how important communication, as well as, love and selflessness are in a marriage. This was a humbling experience and only strengthened my faith in the Lord and in marriage. I would certainly recommend this course to friends. It is something to refer back to when we are struggling. Thanks again and God bless you! – Darren

 

Thank you so much for this course – although we had discussed quite a few aspects in the past, I felt this was in more detail. Going through each exercise and writing things down was very beneficial. I also liked the way the course dealt with so many aspects of marriage. Thank you so much for putting it together! – Joanna

 

3/31/19     Basic        (Texas)

At first, we thought these lessons were just another requirement to get married, but as went through the process, we heard words from each other that we never thought to mention to each other. It felt good hearing those loving and sincere words. It renewed the love we have and made us realize how beautiful our relationship is. It reminded us of all that we mean to each other and made us appreciate each other even more. Our favorite part was the Rules for Resolving Conflicts. We have been together for five years and we were so ignorant about solving conflicts. I saved all the conversations and forms we made not because you advises to but this is a great reminder of how great our love is and how to reflect and be better for each other and our families. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much! I will definitely recommend this seminar to other couples. – Ronalyn and Stephen

 

3/30/19      Christian       (Idaho)

We thought your course was very good for the premarital counseling and exceeded our expectations. Although we were very unsure going into this course, it proved to be an invaluable tool for us. My preacher, who will officiate the ceremony, was the one who stated that we must do a premarital counseling before he would perform the ceremony. However, I am living in Texas because I am finishing up my school, while my fiancé, Cassie, is still living in Washington where her family is from. It was important to us to have a course that focused on Biblical principles, and we were glad to have found your course. Since we only get to see each other during my breaks from school, this course was a great option for us. It was challenging and really made us talk about issues that we would not have thought of to talk about on our own. Thank you again for creating such an insightful course! – Brazos and Cassie

 

3/28/19     Catholic       (West Virginia)

Nicole’s review: Thank you Rev. Frank Nelson for this wonderful course. I truly enjoyed your course. With such busy schedules, this course was the perfect way for us to talk openly to each other and enjoy the time we had to spend together while completing it. The conversations we had made us really think of ourselves as a couple and explore what we needed to discuss. I would definitely recommend this course to other couples. It is a “go at your own pace” course that really opens your eyes and allows you to become closer to your significant other. – Nicole

 

Joseph’s review: I think this course was very helpful and allowed my fiancé and I to discuss topics that maybe we had not discussed in depth before. I believe we are better equipped to get through any conflicts we may have in the future about important topics. I do not always like to talk about “feelings” but your course made it easier to discuss and say what I wanted to say. Thank you, Rev. Frank Nelson! – Joseph

 

3/23/19      Basic           (Minnesota)

We found the course to be a great way to discuss some of the major topics couples often encounter throughout the course of marriage. We enjoyed being able to go at our own pace through the lessons online. We also thought the topics were very thought provoking and allowed us to open up to each other in new ways. We found your guidance with the videos and instructions to be very helpful as we navigated the course. We would highly recommend your course to other engaged couples because you can set your own pace and the topics provide great conversation for building a strong foundation for marriage. – Alyssa and Michael

 

3/12/19        Catholic       (California)

Thank you for allowing us to do this marriage preparation, I really enjoyed the fact that I learned new things about my fiancé. I enjoyed that we both got to be even more open and able to speak freely about our beliefs and ideas about our future. Being able to go through this process brought us closer and helped us really see how in some things we are alike and how much love we have for each other. What I thought was very helpful was that we both learned and noticed what one of our issues is and how we can resolve that issue or at least really try too. I truly felt like this marriage course was very eye-opening and helpful in seeing where our thoughts stand and how much we both really mean to each other. This made me really feel like we are ready for this new chapter in our lives. With much love. – Alma

 

Dear Rev. Frank, I want to thank you for providing these online marriage preparation classes. They were helpful to us because they made us relive how we first meet and why we fell in love with each other. It made us learn new things about each other, even though we thought we knew everything about each other. It prepared us for marriage because it got us talking about future obstacles we might come across. It made us think about our future and the new journey we are starting. It made us become closer, too, by allowing us to be more open with each other. Also it got us to share more of our goals as individuals and as a married couple. Thank you. – Uriel

 

3/11/19        Catholic      (Nevada/California)

Thank you so much for you allowing us to participate in the marriage prep course. At first we thought it was going to be difficult since it was an online course. But from the first day we realized that it was just like taking a class in person. Your videos made it so easy for us to complete our assignments. The variety of topics really helped us to see how important God and family are in our relationship. The course undoubtedly has strengthened our love for one another and has helped us to communicate more effectively.  We will definitely use what we learned from the course in our marriage. Thank you once again for an amazing course and learning experience.  – Michael and Michelle

 

3/11/19      Christian        (Tennessee/Florida)

The marriage e-course counseling was an exciting experience. The course allowed us to talk about our feelings for each other and discuss issues, conflicts, and decisions beyond our everyday discussions. The course also gave us the opportunity to spend quality time together and focus on us. Through the course, I learned new things about my wife to be, and she also learned new things about me. For instance, I did not know that my wife to be planned on having three of her own children and one adopted child until during our children discussion. In addition, I enjoyed the discussion about our love life. Our love life discussion gave me the opportunity to express feelings to my wife to be that I hardly express to her on the daily basis. One of my favorite aspects of the course is the opportunity it provided to express our gratitude to God for his grace upon us. I also enjoy that before we begin every discussion, we commit ourselves in the presence of God and at the end of the discussions, we pray for our marriage and God’s blessings and protections upon us. The course was exciting and helpful. It provided a great understanding about us and our desires. It allowed us to share ideas and find and discuss ways to help each other in our marriage. – Siryee

 

While completing Rev. Dr. Nelson’s marriage preparation, I was extremely impressed with the quality of questions presented in each conversation file. Both me and my fiancé were able to have in depth conversations and learned a lot about each other. We asked questions and had discussions that we probably would never have had unless guided by these thought-provoking conversation starters. There were several conversations that were emotional and insightful. Because my fiancé and I are currently in a long distance relationship, this marriage preparation was perfect for us. We worked on each file separately and had a skype meeting twice every week to talk about our answers to the questions. Even though we were far apart, we felt very connected through these conversations. I feel more confident and excited than ever before to marry my best friend. Thank you Rev. Dr. Nelson for this wonderful experience and for providing us with this opportunity to grow and learn together. – Kelsey

 

3/10/19     Catholic       (California)

What I found to be the most helpful from the course was that we were asked questions separately and then given the opportunity to share with each other our own answers. This not only helped me explain my feelings for different situations, but also allowed me to hear from Elizabeth how she felt about the same situations. This sometimes presented us with knew ways of thinking that I probably would not have come up with on my own. The reason I find this helpful is that it was good practice for how we will need to not only present our own feelings, but also listen tp each other so that we can understand each other’s feelings and why we are feeling that way. That type of open communication is great practice for how we will handle major decisions and any potential conflict in our marriage. The most enjoyable part of the course for me was the time we spent talking about our feelings for each other. We already express our love and care for each other very often, but the detail and examples that we presented to each other really opened a new level of emotion for us in our way of communicating. I’m appreciative that this course provided us with conversations that we may not have had on our own. And it helped us make important decisions leading up to our wedding. Thank you. – Brett

 

What I found to be helpful was being able to discuss important topics with each other. It allowed us to open up more deeply about our ideas, our concerns, and our hopes. It was a great opportunity to talk about and try to understand each other’s perspectives as we prepare for married life. What I found enjoyable was that we could do this course and in the comfort of our own home. I liked how we had the chance to write separately and then meet together to share our thoughts. This allowed us to be true to ourselves and to not be biased. The course contributed to our preparation towards marriage by how we learned to talk with each other about what is important to us and to our future together. It enabled us to talk more deeply and more meaningfully not only about issues or concerns, but also our hopes for our lives together as we embark on this new journey. I really liked how the course gave us advice on how to speak or act with our spouses, and also how it reviewed the promises we are making to each other. I feel very confident in making important decisions with Brett, not only for our upcoming wedding, but also for the rest of our lives together. Thank you! – Elizabeth

 

3/3/19       Catholic       (Germany)

Dear Rev. Frank, we both want to thank you with all our hearts for the amazing time we had with your preparation course. It was better than anything we could have expected. We had amazing talks, really important talks, and we learned so much about how to perfectly describe our feelings, to respect and love each other and how to show that we do so. We had a great time, doing every single conversation and talking about them together. I would recommend this simply to anyone that wants to marry. The conversations make you think about things that you normally don‘t think about. Or at least not in the way you do, when you do the conversations. It really helps to strengthen the bond between the couple and prepare for what is to come. Thank you very much for this amazing journey. Regards, Simon and Lucy

 

2/28/19        Basic          (Texas)

I thank you Rev. Nelson for offering such an awesome program for busy couples that live busy lifestyles these days. The Pre-marriage program was amazing! Me and my future wife have grown in better ways then we thought needed improvement. Thank you for this program. I look forward to a successful marriage. – Jose
The marriage program helped mine and my husband’s relationship in many amazing ways. I am a busy worker with crazy work hours. This program was the only way we could get a pre-marriage class completed. I have grown and learned new Ideas for a healthy relationship. Many people do not consider the ideas and questions that need to be asked before you get married. These activities are designed to help couples build a strong bond. Thank you, Rev. Nelson. – Veronica

2/25/19         Catholic      (Illinois)

We truly enjoyed your Pre cana program. With our very busy schedules, this was the perfect way for us to complete our marriage preparation course. We were able to go at our own pace and set aside time that worked for us. The assignments initiated several engaging conversations that sometimes took all night to complete. (In a good way) It helped us connect and brought us back to memories that we haven’t thought of in years. Most importantly, it helped us prepare for our long future together. Thank you for creating such a manageable program for busy couples getting ready for marriage. If you have any questions or need anything else from us, please feel free to reach out. – Micky

Our online marriage preparation program was an amazing experience! I was nervous to begin, as I’ve always heard from others that Pre Cana can be intense, but Rev. Frank’s program was designed to bring you closer than ever. Having you and your partner remember why you fell in love in the first place, and also having you talk through the bigger issues like children and money. It helped us to think about what marriage is actually about and how our faith will fit into ours. It was easy to navigate through and also to fit in our schedules. We were able to set aside time each night to discuss our assignments and talk about memories we hadn’t talked about in years! Would definitely recommend to couples looking for a program to fit their schedules! – Jenna

 

2/19/19        Basic      (Oklahoma and Texas)

This is a great counseling marriage program that I am glad is available online and accessible everywhere.  I was originally looking to sign up for a course in person with my fiance to qualify for waiving the waiting period for marriage license in the state of Texas.  Luckily, we found your online program and have benefited tremendously from it.  Despite the fact that your course is completely online and easily accessible from anywhere, the topics that were presented and the questions asked were detailed, well-thought out, and thought-provoking.  It felt as if no major topic was left out and all the important concepts of a good marriage were discussed in depth.  Overall, I am glad my fiance and I decided to participate in your program and I know your knowledge and advice will contribute to the success and happiness of our marriage.  Thank you so much. – Hannah and Ruben

 

2/16/19      Basic        (Texas)

First and most important, we both would like to thank you for such an amazing, easy to follow marriage prep eCourse. This was so convenient for both of us since we both are currently living in different states. Your course has taught us to communicate effectively. In the past we used to share our opinions and thoughts;  yet with your course, we discovered that we can take those conversations and make them meaningful by listening and expressing our feelings honestly. We both particularly like the module of the “issues and Rules for Resolving Issues.” We will definitely be using these tips during our marriage. After taking your course, we both feel ready to take the next step now that we’ve gotten to know each other at a deeper level. Thank you so much again for teaching us how to see our relationship from a different perspective. – Daniela and Raiko 

 

2/6/19       Catholic      (Washington)

Honestly, before we took this course I did not expect much from it but just something that would explain more about marriage. After taking this course I absolutely have learned so much and viewed lots of things from a different perspective. All the conversations were very helpful. It opened our eyes more about the importance of marriage as well as how we keep a strong bond that lasts a lifetime. It made us more aware of how we should communicate, respond, allow more room for improvement and so on. This definitely was the best course I’ve ever had. We very much enjoyed it because as a couple we love sharing stories and our feelings with each other but this course has really taught us a deeper meaning to all that we go through in life and a better way to handle each situation and  just living life with God at the center and Jesus Christ our driver. I would definitely recommend this course to other couples. It will more likely help them in the long run. This is a very great source to reference to in the future. We really appreciate it – thank you so much! – Agnes

 

I really like this course because even though most of it we already went through, it was just a reminder how the little things can become a big impact to a strong and healthy relationship like communication and understanding each other’s feelings instead of just thinking they will get over it. I enjoyed praying together and laughing when we found out that we have the same answers, It just shows that we never forgot about the little memories we shared,and we needs to communicate more often. This course definitely helped us as a reminder to never let distraction be the cause of a failed relationship. And I would strongly recommend this course for any couple who wants to be prepared to walk hand in hand with not only their partner for life, but also with God. This is an amazing course,thank you. – Jonathan

 

1/24/19      Basic      (Texas)

We are happy to review the course, and think the variety of topics made for great conversations. It was very easy to follow, and we liked that we could complete it at our own pace. We enjoyed the “date style” layout of the discussions. It’s wonderful that you encourage couples to sit close and hold hands while discussing. We plan to revisit these worksheets during our marriage, as a refresher. Thank you for the tools you’ve given us to prepare for the lifetime ahead. P.S.- We think this would be great as an app! – Lizzie and Tim

 

1/21/19             Christian       (Texas)

I thought this course was very helpful. I loved that the questions seemed simple but really, they sparked a deep conversation between me and my partner. We got a deeper understanding of what we want in life, how we’d like to raise our children, and much much more. Not only do I feel better about marrying Trevor, but also more excited because this course was an affirmation that we are on the same page. There are definitely still elements of our relationship that we need to work through but we have a detailed plan on how we will go about doing that. Our primary issue is communication and this course work has helped us start talking on an intimate level and think about ways we can improve ourselves in this area. – Michaela

 

I think the wedding counseling has been very helpful at bringing up some discussions that definitely needed to be talked about. It has helped me feel closer to Michaela by further explaining to me what the things she needs in a relationship are, and it helps to have them written down. I think it was a very good way to get us talking about difficult things that we may have not talked about had we not done this when we did. – Trevor

 

1/14/19          Catholic               (California)

We really enjoyed this preparation for marriage. We were able to talk things through that we knew we had to talk about but felt like we didn’t have time for. We are better equipped to get through any conflicts we’ll have in the future and we now know what love really is for the both of us. We grew closer as a couple and we thank you for helping us through this course.

 

12/23/18       Basic        (Texas)

We have both completed your course on marriage preparation, and now feel more confident that we are proceeding in the right direction for our lives. We feel that your course makes you look at some issues some may otherwise ignore, and if done honestly, will aid in having an engaging discussion on what to expect from one another in marriage. As this is not our first marriage, we felt the course was tailor-made for a first time, as well as Christian couple, though neither of us fall into this demographic. Perhaps utilizing a more inclusive theme would help couples who fall into other categories, as the purpose of this exercise is the success of a marriage, not simply ones who are Christian or first timers. That being said, we feel you use content of value for many couples as they navigate a very important decision in their lives. – Thalia and Shaun

 

12/17/18           Catholic       (California)

Statement: we both loved all the worksheets in your course and it has helped us become stronger as a couple. Your class on the Issues section really helped resolve our conflicts that he have had in the past. We will recommend your course to future couples.  – Donald and Sonia

 

12/10/18           Catholic          (California)

I have enjoyed doing this class because it helped me to see how much I love my wife and also to understand more about how I can make her happy. Now I have more understanding on how our life can be from now on and with God on our side, everything can be possible. Thanks you. – Damian

 

This class was so helpful. It helped us learn even more about each other. I enjoyed everything that was discussed. I am ready to marry my fiancé and love, respect and trust him for the rest of our days. Thank you for the course. We could have not done it without your guidance. – Stephanie

 

12/5/18           Christian                (Texas)

Sochuiya ( Sofi ) and I (Jeffrey ) would like to thank you for your very fine course. It was helpful for us in several levels, some of which are as follows: Your course reminded us of some of the various books we both have read during our 15 months of dating. Two books specifically come to mind – “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and ” Saving your marriage before it starts” by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. You, like they, in a very kind and thoughtful way, stressed the importance of  true and genuine communication. Your voice and demeanor reflected both purposefulness coupled with kindness. We both truly enjoyed listening to and participating in your course together. We are deeply appreciative because an ounce of kindness and compassion is indeed very helpful to bind a true lasting marriage together. You helped us to consider the things we hadn’t deeply thought of, and you did so in both a fun and engaging way. We both want to thank you sir, and may God bless you. Finally, we appreciate your prayer for our upcoming marriage and new life together. With grateful hearts, Sochuiya & Jeffrey

 

12/4/18      Basic          (Florida)

This course for marriage preparation has some great questions that I never thought would be answered about my fiancé. It was fun answering them. I also felt deliberate because I got the chance to discuss with him about our relationship. It was very helpful for us as beginners. – Nadege

 

The e-course was fantastic. The class material was splendid. Now I feel prepared to get married. Thanks Rev. Dr. Nelson for this awesome course!  – Rodnel

 

12/2/18       Basic        (Indiana)

Something like this and talking about my feelings is very hard, but thats why I love Elliot so much. He always makes things that would normally be uncomfortable to me feel okay. I def saw the benefit in taking this class and would recommend it to my friends. We were brought even closer talking about our issues and then going through how to make it better and understand one another. Thank you! – Stormy

 

Reverend, I would like to start by saying thank you for offering this service.  I was skeptical about the direction that this service would try to steer me towards and have been pleasantly surprised that it did not turn out that way.  I think this set of exercises has opened our eyes to just how much we care for each other and how well along we already are.  I look forward to utilizing the bonus conversations at 6 months and annually as long as we remember these documents exist.  I think the process is solid and honestly, I wouldn’t change anything.  Again, I wish to express my sincere gratitude for providing us this opportunity to explore each other in a deeper way, thank you. – Elliot

 

11/29/18        Basic               (Texas)

My experience with this course was GREAT. This has helped us tremendously, and it was also very fun with the different ways we came up with to do these assignments. I feel that it has helped us open up to each other a lot more and we learned how to communicate with each other. We still have some things to work on, but I believe that we will get them done over time. This course has prepped us by learning what to expect after marriage. I highly recommend this course to other couples that are preparing for marriage. – Elizabeth

 

My experience with with this course was AWESOME! I loved all the different ways that we could share our responses with each other. I believed the way we communicated with each other helped a lot. We both learned to open up more to each other and we also learned a few more things about each other. This contributed, because it prepared us to expect the unexpected after marriage. I definitely would recommend these courses to other couples who are preparing for marriage. – Michael

 

11/26/18         Catholic       (California)

The course itself was very insightful and has offered the both of us some good feedback to consider for the rest of our marriage. There were definitely parts in the course that could potentially cause some conflict in our future, and I was glad that this course presented the opportunity to work through it together in a calm and civil manner that can be applied for any future conflicts that may arise.   – Ngan and Daniel

 

11/25/18        Catholic              (Maryland)

Thanks to Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson for this wonderful Pre-Cana course! The questions and checklists therein allowed my fiancé and I to confirm our shared beliefs and readiness for marriage with a few good surprises peppered in. We can’t wait for our wedding day to arrive and are now more confident than ever. – Meghan and Thomas

 

11/23/18     Catholic         (Illinois and California)

The course gave us a great opportunity to sit down and get to know each other better. It has been a long time since we met and dated, I thought we already knew everything about each other. Instead, I realized that I learned more about him thoughout this course. And for the things I already knew about him, it was a great review for me. The course helped me realize why I love this man and why I should love him even more and keep loving him to the rest of my life. Furthermore, I enjoyed the lessons on communication the most. The issues discussed in the course will be very helpful for our marriage in the future. We found some solutions for our current issues during the course. So, I know that what we learned in the course will help us in the future. I am thankful for the questions which gave us a chance to talk about things we might be too shy to ask each other. This also helped us stay open to talk about difficult topics. I did not expect that the conversations would become very personal. I am glad we had a chance to talk about finances, which is a main reason of many break-ups and divorces. Moreover, I would recommend this course to other couples. Your relationship for sure will be stronger thanks to the course. The bonding between you will be strengthened. I also liked that the course is online, and you can learn and do the assignments at your own pace. – An 

 

The course was useful in starting the conversions that are necessary for a successful marriage. The course taught us the format for handling disputes that we may have whether it’s about money, children, or family, we now have a template to go by. For example, there was an issue in our relationship which I didn’t know was a problem until this course. We both talked about this issue and using the course questions as a guide, we managed to come up with a viable solution to it. We also know the importance of writing agreements down. Both of us have trouble recalling past events so it is necessary for us to write down things that we previously agreed on to prevent potential arguments. Further, certain sections of the course were enjoyable such as the money section; this section allowed my fiancé and I to make concrete decisions now about how we will use our money in the future. Since both of us will make high incomes when we obtain our careers it is paramount that both of us stay on the same page in terms of how much we will spend, save, and give away. We’ve talked a little about money in the past, but we never wrote anything down which makes a big difference for reasons previously stated. The conversation regarding children had to be the most enjoyable since we agreed on a lot of points about what values we wanted our kids to have and what we would emphasize. It was also fun imagining a little human that is composed of both of us as evidence to the world that we are a union. Moreover, what I would say to other couples that the course will give you a chance to think carefully about your future with your partner. It will create a clear path that will guide you through the ups and downs, the twists and turns of marriage. And it will also tell you if this is the right person for you. Will this person be faithful? Can I trust him/her? Does my partner even want kids? Will my partner help me pass on the teachings of God? By the end of the course all such questions will be answered strengthening your bond with your partner. – Chad

      

11/21/18       Christian             (Texas)

Your conversation points were extremely helpful in opening the doors of communication in our relationship. There were so many issues and thoughts in our hearts that had been tucked away, but your worksheets gave us the courage and platform to talk about them openly in a safe space. Your course was not only helpful, but INCREDIBLY convenient with our busy schedules. It was helpful to be able to work independently and then come together to discuss the conversations. We will definitely recommend your course to friends in the future. Thank you Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson for creating this course and for your availability during this process!!! – Crystal and David

 

11/15/18               Catholic           (Illinois and India)

Thank you very much Rev. Frank for creating such a perceptive coursework that helped my fiancé and myself to understand one another better.  The different aspects covered in the topics and the probing questions really helped both of us to discuss about things that we could hardly ever think about before marriage. Thank you Rev. for giving us a platform and opportunity to know and understand each other well before our wedding. – Fraizer

 

Dear Reverend, thank you so much for giving us an opportunity to know more about each other and for creating a comfortable space where both of us shared our views about life after marriage. We were also given a chance to discuss on the issue which happened recently during our wedding process. The questionnaire was indeed very useful. Thanking you. – Ernesta


11/12/18        Basic            (Arkansas)

As for the course, we are really happy that we did this. Honestly, we’re not sure we would have taken a course like this if it weren’t for having to do it for the marriage license. But we are so glad we did and it has been really good for us. Especially the rules for resolving conflict. They truly are great tips that we needed to hear on how to handle things. Our biggest issue has been communication and we both feel like that it has already improved. We would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to get married. Thank you so much. – Mirinda and Sergio

 

11/8/18      Basic       (Illinois)

This was such a wonderful experience for myself and my fiancé! I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Nelson and the amazing experience we had. If you’re looking to grow your relationship and learn about one another, I highly recommend Dr. Nelson and the marriage preparation course! – Megan and Corey

 

11/6/18      Catholic      (Texas)

I really was the one who wanted to do some sort of marriage prep prior to getting married.  There are several things I liked about this one: one that there is a choice of Catholic, Protestant and Civil.  Even though we are eloping and not getting our marriage blessed by the Church (not the way the priest would recommend, I’m sure, but we are older and not raised in the Church and far from conventional), I liked having a choice geared to our needs. The conversations and videos aided some needed conversations, helped us BOTH identify areas we need to work on further, as well as, open up about areas where we both feel vulnerable.  I most liked the section on the disagreements and it was a bit tough for us to get through it.  However, when we did – it really opened up new ways to think about how to settle decisions.  We usually manage to work our way through things sometimes not the best ways… I especially liked the creating a future — how will we feel when we’ve accomplished the goal.  As an occupational therapist, I teach my patients visualization techniques because they work.  Why I’d never thought to put this into problem solving tasks, I don’t know, but it’s brilliant!  I also like the intentions set at the beginning of each one.  Mike’s been working 7 days a week, and we waited a bit late to complete the course, but I’m so thrilled that we did.  – Jan

 

What I liked about this course was that there were a lot of the questions that made me think about our marriage and express my thoughts.  The best part was the conflict resolution which helped to give both of us a course of action when a disagreement occurs. I would highly recommend the course.  — Michael

 

11/6/18       Basic      (Texas)

My fiancé and I took the Twogether in Texas course with Reverend Frank and we enjoyed it very much. The course made us think about our relationship and what each of us want from the marriage. It touched on many areas of our life and sparked many conversations. It was extremely helpful to both of us in thinking through our emotions and feelings, connecting to our past and looking forward to our future. We felt much more prepared to embark on this exciting journey when we finished the course. We recommend this course to all couples that are planning to get married. We are glad that we took this course and we will remember you, Rev. Frank, as we embark on our journey together and face the winds of life when they blow in our direction. – Tasneem (and Farouk)

 

11/1/18       Catholic      (California)

This online marriage course is very helpful and convenient for busy couple like us who are unable to do the marriage prep in person in class, I found this course is very important for couples to understand each other more, the course was fun and we had some good conversation come out of it. We really enjoyed the online marriage prep course.  Thank you Dr. Frank!  – Kycuong

 

I am a hair stylist and with my busy schedule it is hard for me to come to class for marriage prep course after work, but luckily I found the online marriage preparation eCourse from one of my clients. The course was very helpful and fun. It helped me to understand my future husband and his family more. Communication between us is better after we followed the course. Thank you so much ! – Nhung

 

10/31/18     Catholic      (California)

I really enjoyed this marriage course because it taught me a lot about myself and a lot about my fiancé as well. It really brought out both of us and how much we should really improve on our communication skills with each other. It was a lot of assignments to work with, but it was worth it, because I really enjoyed hearing his answers and I also enjoyed reading my answers to my fiancé. What I really liked the most is the issues session that involved the both of us to do it together. That really helped us communicate with each other more and helped us shared our true feelings about each other. We both agreed that we should save the issues document so that we can use it in the future if a problem ever comes up that we cannot figure it out on our own. – Hoang

 

We spoke on 10/28 through email and exchanged a few words regarding the online course. At first I was a bit skeptical but after a few sessions it was getting easier and more understanding with my partner. Since we don’t have time in our planning to go to the retreat because of the wedding being so close and I working so far away (100miles) it really went smoother then I thought it would have.  We both really enjoyed the issues session. I feel like that is by far the most solution to our problems when we fill in the blanks and ask each other each question and talk about it. It feels like we got closer and know each other more. We’ve actually done the issue session twice now for a few issues we had but did not know how to discuss it in a way that we both will end up arguing with each other. I now know how she feels about most situations and I feel now what I must accomplish and compromise at the end. I thank you so much for doing this class work and I will definitely refer anyone who is engaged to take the course if they have never done it before!  Much Love, Bobby

 

10/31/18     Catholic     (Texas)

Before starting the discussions I thought we would complete it a lot sooner, and that the discussions would be uncomfortable. However we found common ground on some of the discussions, and viewed many things similarly regarding children in our future. One thing we did not do before this course was pray together. We always prayed separately or reminded on another to say ones prayers through out the day. Now we make time in the evening to pray a rosary and read from the Bible. This course made Joseph come to the realization that his parents showed him no religious teaching, and when the day comes we have children he will not deprive them of that. I was raised very religiously and still continue to practice in my faith strongly. I pass down my beliefs and what I know to Joseph and will do so with my children very strictly. Without the morals and values, that compose the catholic religion I or my family would not be as successful as we are today. Who knows where we would be without the Lord and his blessings. We take from this course “make faith the foundation of marriage and we can build anything.” Thank you Rev. Frank for offering us this course online and allowing Joseph and I to take part in it. – Mallory and Joseph

 

10/25/18     Catholic     (Michigan)

Thank you for conducting the pre-marital class for us! We very much enjoyed it. This helped us express our love to each other further before we exchange our vows. We really got a lot out of the classes and it made us talk to each other more. We laughed and Zachary really showed me how he speaks about me and it was lovely to hear! Thank you so much! – Kimberly

 

We learned so much about each other – more than we thought we were going to learn. This was a really refreshing course to complete. I would recommend any couple getting married to complete this course Thank you.  – Zachary

 

10/22/18     Christian      (Minnesota)

I had recently completed your online marriage preparation course. We really enjoyed the conversations and taking the time to sit down and talk to one another. The conversations helped us to talk about topics we may not have talked about before or have not talked that in-depth about before. The conversations were helpful to us in the sense that they helped us to see what the other person’s thoughts and feelings were on various topics. After completing the course we feel better prepared for marriage because now we have learned to have open conversations with each other. Another thing we really enjoyed and valued was the flexibility of the course, since we work opposite schedules at this time, one works days and the other works nights. It made it easier for us to coordinate two people’s schedules versus three people’s. – Jessica
 
My fiance Jessica and I just finished taking your course. Speaking for myself, I really enjoyed most of the conversations. I really wish we could have afforded to do these in person since I would have gotten more from it. It did make us talk about many things we wouldn’t have otherwise! Some of the conversations were stressful, most were not. Overall we both enjoyed doing these talks together.  – Stuart

 

10/18/18     Christian        (Texas)

I’m really glad I did the Twogether course.  The course was very helpful in providing a framework for discussion of the issues that are key to a successful marriage.  In particular, the issues raised by the “money” and “doing my part” exercises are ones that we would not have perhaps otherwise ever been discussed in any meaningful way.  Overall, the course helped us think through what is important and unimportant to us and what we want and don’t want in our marriage.  It also helped us understand how to resolve and avoid conflicts that may arise in a marriage.  Overall, we found the coursework materials to be excellent. – Patrick

 

Rev. Frank’s Twogether course provided us with an experience that proved beneficial in more ways than one. The course helped us deepen our appreciation of one another and made us think about all the healthy, positive qualities that have strengthened our bond. Through the great conversations and topics, we grew in ways that helped deepen our love for one another and God. – Yoon

 

10/11/18     Catholic         (Texas)

This marriage prep course was very enjoyable and easy to take! From all the wedding planning we were battling a lot of stress and forgot what was really important. This course touched a lot of important topics/issues and it helped us prepare ourselves better for our life together. Thank you so much, I will definitely recommend to other couples! – Karen

 

I really enjoyed taking this course. We spent a lot of time relaxing and talking about all the different topics this preparation offers. Sometimes we get caught up in our daily routines. This course really helped us realize what is really important. Thank you for this preparation! – Brian

 

10/11/18     Christian     (Georgia)

We were so excited when we found your online marriage counseling! It was not possible for us to do a formal in person marriage counseling because we have opposite work schedules. We have been together for 8 years and feel  communication is one of the strongest aspects of our relationship. We surprisingly learned a lot about each other throughout the different conversations! The scripted questions allowed us to talk about some things that we just never had thought about or that hadn’t come up in conversation. We couldn’t remember the last time that we were able to sit down and spend so much uninterrupted time just talking to each other. We look forward to future conversations! Thank you so much Rev. Frank! – Holly and Nathan

 

10/8/18      Christian      (Texas)

Thank you so much for your course! I feel that this has been a great way to get our minds set up for the new chapter in our lives.  – Crystal

 

Dr Rev Frank, I really enjoyed your entire course! The conversations my fiancé and I had were amazing. I am a talker.. we have come very far in our relationship with working on our communication. Working on this program together just made me appreciate her so much more and made it known! We are ready for this next step in our glorious journey! Thank you again, and God Bless you for your work! – Gabriela

 

10/7/18     Catholic        (California/Texas)

I found the course to be a valuable tool. My fiancé and I were able to use it to reflect on important topics that will most definitely come up during our marriage. We went into this course feeling strong about our communication skills, and this course helped us to feel even more assured in where we are in our relationship. I can’t wait to get married! – Cassie

 

This course covers topics such as financial decisions, raising a family, romance and intimacy, resolving conflicts, etc. I found the chosen topics to be relatable and essential. I think it’s imperative for two people who want to get married to feel open to talking about these topics, and this course helped to confirm my confidence in the relationship I have with my soon-to-be wife.  – John

 

10/6/18      Basic        (Texas)

We thoroughly enjoyed the counseling activities and the videos.  It has been without question a great learning experience for Delilah and I in helping us grow as a couple and prepare for our future together.  We were previously optimistic about our future together but I would say we are now more optimistic and more confident in our ability to overcome difficult obstacles. Thank you for much for providing this service and doing it so well.  I imagine it must have been hard to transition from being a pastor to doing this full-time but we’re certainly glad that you choose this path.  It is no surprise that your program has helped many couples on their way to becoming partners in life, and we’re proud to have made your counseling a part of our journey.  Thank you again for everything. – Jason

 

We have been together for five years and have already overcome many obstacle such as being long distance and working while going to graduate school, so we thought we knew everything there is to know about one another but the opposite was true.  There was much gained by going over these conversations together and fortunately we’re on the same page with the vast majority of issues addressed in your counseling. We’re very busy and don’t make enough time to sit and down and talk but this activity forced us to do that. We are much more educated about what one the other’s expectations are as we move forward in life.  We had a general idea of what the other wanted but we feel that we have a much better defined path now.  The counseling sessions gave us an opportunity to lay out any issues or thoughts we were having in the back of our minds leading up to the wedding.  In addressing these issues when going off on tangents during conversation, we were able to confront and resolve fears that had not previously been discussed. We suggest that it would also benefit those who are already married and even those who want to be with their partner long term but don’t see marriage as a part of their journey together.  The activities during conversations can be tough at times and drum up some deep seeded beliefs that your partner may not agree with, but hiding them is the same as not being honest and honesty is always the best policy.  In short, we’d tell our friends to DO IT!” – Delilah

 

10/4/18     Catholic      (California)

This online prep class helped us bond together and open our eyes. It helped us invest in our relationship for a lasting marriage. The course helped us to learn to communicate well, understand and appreciate our differences and prepare for potential challenges. This was worth our time and energy we put into the all important work of preparing for our marriage life together. We were able to build a strong foundation for our future together. – Vivian

 

The marriage preparation course was very helpful. Talking about the normal but very important issues and scenarios of living together as a married couple really brought us closer together. We understand that we’re not going to agree on everything which is why we need to learn to compromise or meet in the middle and come up with a plan on how to handle things or learn along the way on the things that we missed. We’re both going to have to make sacrifices. Overall this course was good for our relationship. We both enjoyed it and there were moments that opened our eyes as well. – Duong

 

10/2/18     Catholic      (California/Texas)

This marriage prep course helped us initiate conversation and achieve clarity with many topics as we approach our wedding. It was very thorough and tackled a wide variety of topics and issues. Thank you for putting this together. We will definitely recommend this course to Catholic couples preparing for marriage! – Sam and Vivian

 

9/28/18      Catholic      (California)

At first, I thought the work was going to be tedious and long; however, after starting the first one, I felt like it helped me learn more about myself. I believed we became a close couple after each worksheet because we were able to discuss and elaborate more on our answers than what we wrote down. After finishing this course, it has opened my eyes to our flaws and what we can fix to help improve our future. I recommend all couples use this course to help patch up any issues or conflicts they may have before marriage. – An

 

I wasn’t too happy starting these worksheets because of my busy work schedule. However, I felt like I was able to finish these worksheets in a timely manner and actually enjoyed the conversations we had for each topic. This course has given me better insight on our relationship and how I can improve as a husband. I felt that after each topic we discussed, a weight was lifted off my shoulder and I felt more relieved that we resolved our conflicts before the wedding.  At the end, I felt like a new man and I am glad this course has prepared us for our future. – Brian

 

9/22/18    Christian          (Texas)

It was a truly enlightening experience. It made me open up to my feelings. It gave me a better understanding on how to communicate. – Ronald

 

I really enjoyed this course on marriage and religion. It opened my eyes and made me think of things that had not been thought about or discussed. It brought up emotions concerning my father and my up-bringing that I had suppressed. All in all, this course was a blessing. – Latriece

 

9/20/18      Basic              (Minnesota)

This course has taught me so much about Joey that I never knew before! Early in our relationship I read him questions from my book about 4000 questions to get to know someone and I still found us discussing new issues! I enjoyed filling out the discussions and having them was really nice. We took Rev Frank’s advice and lit candles and held hands and it was very relaxing during a time when relaxation is hard to come by. Thank you for this. We really grew in our relationship through this! – Lauren

 

The course was very helpful! We learned a lot about our relationship and each other. I definitely feel like it was chalk full of helpful advice. The flexibility of being able to work on it online was a huge bonus. I feel like it will be instrumental in starting our marriage off on the right foot. Would recommend for sure. – Joe

 

9/13/18      Catholic         (California)

Thank you for coming up with this course.  With our jobs and working opposite days and hours from each other, we found it nearly impossible to find the time to attend a marriage preparation course in person.  After hours of research and reading reviews, we found your course.  We enjoyed the deep conversations we have participated over the length of this course.  Without your guidance in topics for discussions, we would have never had the conversations in which we did.  What we found helpful about the course was that we were able to go at our own pace and take part in the discussions when our schedules allowed.  As a result of this class, we have changed in that we discussed topics which we would have never taken part in. We also had the difficult but rewarding discussion regarding our issues as a couple. This course has prepared us for marriage by helping us communicate more effectively with each other.  We feel that prior to this class, we would not have discussed that one of our biggest issues was how we talk over issues with each other when we are both emotional and upset. Now that we have discussed that issue, we feel more prepared to handle our future issues. To recommend this class to my friends, I would tell them about the convenience of the course as well as the discussion what will be had.  Our friends have the same jobs that we do, which have constantly changing hours.  Taking a course like this will help our friends complete this course and take part in the discussions which should be had prior to marriage. – Christopher and Camille

 

9/6/18          Catholic           (Washington D.C./India)

We are truly grateful for this wonderful course because we would not have definitely made it to our local classes since my fiancé, Marshal lives out of country. Geography situation was challenging, but your course made it simple. We really enjoyed how flexible it was. This course has been great (such a blessing, too). We really enjoyed discussing the conversations with each other (through Skype). Your class indeed helped us to develop our relationship with each other but also with GOD.  One-to-one discussing allowed us to talk about more important things and topics before marriage. We feel well prepared for marriage. This class did prepare us well and the discussions were the best part. We would highly recommend this course because this course will definitely give a peace of mind being at home while preparing for marriage and leaning more about each other. I have already suggested your course to my friends upon their engagement. Thank you very much again for the wonderful course.  It was such a positive experience to sit down and discuss our thoughts and emotions. – Sheena and Marshal

 

9/3/18        Basic          (Minnesota)

Rev. Frank, this course has been great! I know I wanted to complete marriage counseling, because I’ve heard how well it went with my girlfriends who have previously gotten married. It’s also something that was on my top priority list of things to do, because I can see the value in it. I’m so glad we completed this course, because it brought up conversations we would have never had if it wasn’t for this course – or at least we wouldn’t have had for years to come. I’m happy my fiancé and I were able to put everything on the table and talk about topics that weren’t even on our radar to begin with. Thank you for creating this course! It’s been a blessing! – Caitlin and Travis

 

9/3/18          Catholic         (Washington)

We are truly grateful for this course because we would not have made it to our local classes due to our work schedules, etc. and this is very useful for couples like us. I’m sure there are thousands of couples out there who can say the same thing. Everything about this course touches deep meanings to what relationships really go through. And we got to discuss some of the subjects we haven’t revisited in a while. This is an amazing course and I feel we have opened up to each other a lot more than we used to and are just very excited to be married and to see the true meaning of love that God intended us to feel. Thank you so much Rev Frank for an amazing experience. God bless you. – Iolanda and Anthony

 

8/31/18      Catholic       (Minnesota)

Looking back on going through this experience with Blair it really help solidify the feelings we have for each-other and really gets me excited to marry her. We have been engaged for a long time and I wouldn’t change one thing that we have experienced along the way. It was helpful to talk through some different topics that we don’t always get a chance to talk about and really opened up the communication between the two of us. I think we communicate very well but it was interesting to hear how she interpreted some questions and conversations and how I interpreted them. I found myself smiling every time we talked through a conversation because she was telling me things that I never have really heard her say to me. At first I must admit I was hesitant but once we got started I could tell it would be a good experience. – Blake

 

I have really enjoyed the marriage prep and discussing the conversations with Blake. At first I was hesitant to tell all my answers to Blake but he was excited to do so. It was very encouraging to hear his answers and to discuss things that we might have never thought to discuss. Although we were mostly on the same page, it was nice to discuss how we felt about some of the topics. – Blair

 

8/28/18        Catholic      (Ontario, Canada)

I found it thoroughly enjoyable reminiscing about our first encounter. I loved learning about what Josh’s first thoughts of me were, and how far we have come since then. I found the section on resolving issues incredibly helpful. I definitely see that being used as a template for future issues as well. This experience was so beneficial in preparing for our marriage as it gave us an opportunity to open up about things we may have never even thought about talking about, and forced us to have difficult conversations we may have been avoiding. It really taught us to trust each other with things, and realize that the other person loves us enough to want to find a compromise. – Sarah

 

I really liked how honest and open we were with each other. We were already very honest with each other, but this course had us actually think about things in detail and share our thoughts and points of view with one another. I think this will be very helpful in our marriage because good communication is so important in a successful marriage. – Josh

 

8/28/18       Basic       (Minnesota)

I would like to give you our sincere thanks for putting together such a well thought out and thought provoking course. Molly & I have been together for a long time and yet this course was able to get us to discuss things we hadn’t talked about before. We learned new things about each other and had difficult conversations with one another that we may not have otherwise had that inevitably drew us closer to one another. We both think we garnered a great benefit from the course and put a lot more time and effort into it than we were expecting going in to the course and we are appreciative of the guidance the course offered to develop such honest conversations between us. – Molly and Brad

 

8/28/18       Catholic       (California)

Thank you for your lectures and guidance through the start of a new chapter in our life.  Your online course not only help developed our relationship with each but also with God.  Due to your program we learned so much about ourselves and each other and our true feelings in touchy subjects.  What we enjoyed most about this program is the intimacy the alone time and questions gave us.  We would recommend this to any couple that is planning on getting married in order to give them a head start in the right direction. Thank you again for your help and services and God bless! – Joanne and Thong

 

8/27/18        Christian     (Minnesota)

What did we enjoy?

Shawn – I enjoyed how flexible it was; competed at home to meet our working lives.

Cady – It allowed us to talk about our love for each other. Resolve conflicts.

What was the Most Helpful?

Shawn – I thought us being here one-on-one discussing the packets at our pace uncovering things we may not have known; it required complete attention and focus.

Cady – I liked the convenience and we were frequently reminded of our love for each other and overall allowed us to talk about important things/topics couples should talk about before marriage.

How have we changed?

Shawn – I think we got closure and a strategy for handling disagreements and existing disagreements. We found a way to cope with them and to resolve.

Cady – I have a better understanding of Shawn as a person and what he expects in marriage.

Do we feel more prepared for marriage?

Shawn & Cady- Absolutely we both believed that this was necessary to do before saying “I do”. We have searched for other counseling unfortunately with our budget we could not do so. This class did prepare us well; the discussions were the best part.

What would we say to friends to recommend this course?

Shawn & Cady – We highly recommended because a lot of our engaged friends have busy lives, all work and have children. This course will give them peace of mind being at home while preparing for marriage and learning more about each other.

 

8/24/18         Christian       (Texas)

I enjoyed the course. It makes you really think about the little things that really don’t normally cross your mind. It gave me a better grasp and understanding of my feelings towards her and made me realize her true feelings for me. It also helps to understand your partner better to allow you to show them your love better. I would definitely recommend this. Thanks – Richard

 

I most enjoyed the lessons that asked us t explain what it means when we show love and what we appreciate about the other person. I also enjoyed the parts that allowed us to talk about things we have wanted to discuss and haven’t yet brought up. It was a great avenue to bring up tough topics. I definitely recommend this course for engaged couples. It helped me understand my fiancé better, his needs, and how much he loves me. Thanks! – Lori

 

8/20/18         Catholic       (Connecticut)

I couldn’t imagine a more special way to reflect on our relationship in the weeks leading up to our wedding day. This course gave us a gentle structure to talk about all of our feelings, and it was refreshing to have a guide for discussing our love, our future, our family, and even our issues with one another. I felt like each session was crafted in a wonderful way so that you felt like you were learning about your partner and growing together through the course. Furthermore, some things can go unspoken in a relationship as just common understandings but saying things out load is a powerful way to name your feelings and bring you closer together. I feel thankful for this experience with my fiancé, and would definitely recommend this course to other couples! – Gabriella

 

I enjoyed having a pretense to talk to my fiancé about a bunch of topics that we had not formally addressed. I think it is a great idea to have these discussions and hear about each other’s opinion on matters prior to committing to the sanctity of marriage. I felt that some of the topics were a little “too much”, for example, the one about the tasks in the house. But overall, I felt that the topics covered were good choices and important to discuss in a relationship. – Andrew

 

8/16/18      Catholic      (California)

What I really loved about the program was how in depth everything was from how to handle family, finances, future children and everything else that was included in this program. It’s something that I and I’m pretty sure it’s both Emily and I were always thinking and talking about but it was really nice to see it it in words. It really clarifies everything for us. To me it gave me an extra boost of confidence for our future together. The program really assisted by opening my eyes to the realities of marriage. I KNOW this course will help us for the rest of our lives together. – Thanh

 

What I really enjoyed about the program is how we were able to revisit conversations we had as we first started to get to know one another. I loved listening to stories I’d heard before and learning from ones I hadn’t. I learned that there’s  always something new to learn about each other and I understood that sometimes things just have to be talked out. I think my favorite part of the program was the conflict and resolution part. THAT was a new topic of conversation. Well at least not something that we’d talked about at length but definitely eye opening and refreshing at the same time. – Emily

 

8/14/18   Christian    (Minnesota)

I was hesitant to take the course. David and I asked each other, “What could we not already know about each other?” We took the time to answer the questions on our own and had the time to really sit and think. The course required me to really think about what I was thinking about as far as David and our future and our parents. It was a great learning experience. There were several helpful things to help David and I sit down and think about our future and what we want from money, children, and our marriage. It was a fabulous course. – Caitlin

 

The Christian marriage prep course was a wonderful way to strengthen our relationship and open communication regarding various topics that in busy hustle and bustle of life occasionally get lost. Thank you again for some tools we will use going forward in our relationship and near marriage. – David

 

8/13/18   Basic    (Minnesota)

The premarital counseling was extremely helpful and convenient. I found that, for the most part, Dominique and I had already touched on the majority of the topics, however it was helpful to sit down together and have a guided, meaningful conversation rather than just chatting about the topics free-flowing, half minded like we had in the past when they have come up. It was helpful to identify places and topics that we agreed upon and isolate topics that we disagreed on. I think having these conversations helped us find out how to give and take, listen and speak our minds, and start navigating our lives together. We both agreed we would like to print out the rules for conflict resolution and keep them somewhere visible in our home, along with a copy of the Issues topic for helping us navigate difficult conversations. I plan on suggesting your program to my friends upon their engagement! Thanks again! – Katie

 

This course and the guided discussions have been truly beneficial in my walk towards marriage. It assisted my fiancé and I to cover all our bases in order to be able to have open, vulnerable, and necessary conversations to strengthen our relationship and prepare ourselves, mind, body, and soul, for marriage. I enjoyed being able to write down my answers alone followed by discussing them most about this course. It allowed me to reflect deeply on each question and then discuss it; instead of just having a heat of the moment discussion. I think the conflict resolution was very helpful to me as well as the discussion that can be used to form vows if writing your own, like we are! I would definitely recommend this course to any engaged couple to help guide their hearts and minds closer together in practical ways and in spirituality. – Dominique

 

8/12/18    Catholic    (California)

We enjoyed how the conversations focused on a specific topic, and were inclusive of all of the previous conversations we have been having. It helped us discuss particular topics and issues, some of which we have not discussed in depth before in terms of our feelings and emotions. It helped us look into our pasts and delve more on why we are how we are today. It also gave us goals for the future in resolving conflicts and understanding how each of us think. We will keep these conversations handy for the future when issues arise, and are looking forward to the last 2 conversations for after our marriage and our anniversary. It was definitely a positive experience to sit down and discuss our thoughts and emotions. – Theresa and David

 

8/12/18    Christian    (Wyoming)

My fiancé and I just completed the talking points pre-marital course. For this course I enjoyed the discussion that the questions and activities created. It made us both think a little different which would cause conversations to arise. I think the most helpful part was the questions that caused us to think about things/situations that we may have not thought of on our own. With the conversations we had from the course I think I have changed to where I will approach things in our relationship and upcoming marriage differently than I would have before. – Brian

 

I think what I enjoyed most about the course was the quality time we dedicated to each other, especially in the hectic time during wedding planning. It made us stop and take time for each other. We had already discussed a lot of the topics, but it did help us think about things in a different way, review our thoughts on things, and expand on a few topics. I would recommend it to other couples just for the fact that I thought it was fun to go over and talk about things with my fiancé and is important to be open and discuss these topics. I am very glad we took the course. It was easy for us to decide our own schedules and do it at our own pace. Good points and topics as well. Thank you.  – Katelin

 

8/11/18     Christian   (Minnesota)

I greatly enjoyed the online non-denominational Christian course offered by Rev. Dr. Frank. With a very busy life and wedding planning taking up so much of our time the online course gave us exactly what we needed: to find our strengths and visit our weaknesses on our own time and at our own pace. It was helpful to have all the important topics laid out. At first I thought we had discussed everything but with the e-course there we still some topics I’m glad were discussion points. I would highly recommend any of Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson’s courses to my friends and tell them to really listen to the tips to sit together in a quiet place to discuss these, it helps make them more serious. – Ashley

I was very pleased with the online non-denominational Christian course. It made so much sense for us to do the online course because we’re so busy. It was very convenient and it was a little easier talking about sensitive subjects privately between us instead of in front of someone. There were definitely a couple topics I wasn’t expecting to come up, but I’m really glad they did because it made talking about it easier. I would recommend the online courses to our busier friends but would definitely encourage them to see if the in person courses would work for them. Thank you! – Brett

 

8/9/18    Christian   (Texas)

I must be honest-When my fiancé asked me to complete premarital counseling, I was not excited. But as usual, anything for her. This was actually a joyful experience. The counseling was very practical. It forced us to discuss issues and I can honestly say it brought us closer. Even though the training is online, it felt as if we were in the office with the Dr. Nelson. We were able to move at our own pace and get things accomplished. I’d recommend Dr. Nelson to anyone considering marriage or a serious relationship. This class was worth the effort. – Darren

 

Rev Dr. Nelson is Godsent! This training was amazing! We laughed. I cried. We got closer. I was able to learn more about my husband’s upbringing that I wasn’t aware of. We learned family backgrounds. We went deeper into family planning. I felt safe to confess some feelings I’d been harboring for a while. Our past conversations were vague in comparison to the deeper conversations this training allowed. The counseling brought so much comfort to my heart. In addition to that, Rev Dr. Nelson was prompt in communication when I reached out to him on a personal issue concerning scheduling. He was kind, flexible and fair. I highly recommend this session to anyone. It’s worth the investment in your marriage! – Alice

 

8/6/18     Catholic     (Singapore)

One of the best things about this marriage preparation course is that it gets us to begin building the foundations of our marriage. The better prepared we are for our future life together, the more likely we are to find peace and happiness in our marriage. This marriage preparation course gave us an open environment in which we can address most likely all the issues which might affect our future marriage. There were some areas in which both of us have been avoiding. A topic which is sensitive, and we kinda feel neither one of us has had the courage to bring it up. Topics regarding “sex and intimacy” Who will control the monetary decisions in our family? How are we going to create & control our budget? Issues with regarding our health & fitness. How are we going to raise our kids? Finance & budget kicks in again…. But this course made us somewhat easier for us to speak about things which we may not have the confidence to bring up before in our relationship.  There were areas in the middle of the course that we didn’t know each other as well as we thought we did. Realizing these scenarios early allowed us to take things more carefully & to make the time to discuss & resolve our issues as we take the next step of getting married. The Online Marriage Preparation Course taught us as we embark a new chapter in our lives…

  • Our future responsibilities & relationship with our in-laws & family
  • Living arrangements for short term & long term when we are expecting a child because we both work overseas
  • Children, when do we want to have children? How many will we have, what are the most important values we would like to teach our children, what parenting roles do we expect from each other to share
  • Our life goals & aspirations
  • Our lifestyle expectations
  • How should we plan to manage our finances together?
  • Our communication styles & preferences
  • Our conflict & problem resolution styles
  • Religious & spiritual beliefs

Once again, thank you very much. – Kristoffer and Khriscia

 

8/6/18      Catholic     (California)

I would like to express myself regarding this online marriage courses. I have found that from beginning to end this has built a closer bond between myself and my future wife. We have a way better understanding of what we need to work on. We definitely will use this experience with the life we will be building. – Truong

 

This course was an eye opener for both my future spouse and I. It gave us the tools to be more open with each other. I feel happy knowing that we will use these tools to better our marriage and our future together. I would highly recommend this course, as it was a great journey for us. – Tamara

 

8/6/18      Catholic     (California)

Jack and I just completed your marriage course and it was definitely an eye-opener for us. I like how we got to do it on our own time because we both had different schedules. We were able to discuss topics that haven’t come up before and are more open to each other. I would definitely recommend this course to other family and friends who are getting married even if they are or are not Catholic. It really helped us resolve some things we have not discussed before. We will refer back to the issues document if any disagreement arises. – Linda and Jack

 

8/3/18      Basic     (Minnesota)

This counseling session was effective and to the point. It works well for everyday working folks. I like the fact it wasn’t too long but there had to be a fair amount of thought behind the answers to the question. I would recommend Rev. Franks program to others. – Marvin

 

I really enjoyed the online option for premarital counseling. It allowed for my fiance and I to complete the discussion topics on our own time in the comfort of our own home. It allowed for an unlimited time frame to continue with tangent yet important discussions. For two busy people with long work hours, it was very convenient for us. We really enjoyed the discussion topics. We were pleased that most of the discussions were ones that we have already had in the past but there were questions that made us ponder and discuss more in depth. It allowed for a better understanding of each other on a deeper level. It also forced us to have the more difficult conversations that we may have been subconsciously avoiding. I feel closer to my partner after completing this and do feel more reassured with our decision to spend the rest of our lives together. Thank you for your guidance, Rev. Frank. – Lucy  

 

7/25/18    Basic    (Minnesota)

Before signing up for our premarital courses, Justin and I were unsure of where to start and what type of program would meet both of our needs. We knew we were ready to make the commitment, but we were both surprised at what we learned about each other, and more surprisingly, about ourselves in the process of working through each section of the course.  Using the Couple Checkup was both enlightening and fun. It was almost comical how accurate it was to what we knew about ourselves already and gave us immensely helpful conversation starters to start working on some of the areas we could use a little work.  Overall, Justin and I are very pleased with the program and have already recommended it to couples getting married as well as married couples such as my sister and his parents who have interest in doing the Couple Checkup to check in with each other after years of marriage. Thank you, Reverend Frank for your guidance!  We look forward to growing our roots together with God!   – Emily and Justin

 

7/17/18    Basic   (Minnesota)

I really enjoyed the online premarital course. I liked that we were able to work on the course at our own pace.  The conversations helped us to get things off our chest about what we currently like and do not like about our relationship and what we can do to change it for the better. Some of the conversations were more difficult when we didn’t agree on something but we did well at talking through it. I thought the issues and resolving conflict sessions best prepared us for marriage because issues will always come up in life and it is important that we have and develop conflict resolution skills. I also liked the discussions where we shared the things we love about each other and our relationship. Overall, the course made us be able to connect with each other more during this busy time of planning and preparing for a wedding. –  Tara

 

I really liked the discussions as conversation starters for healthy talks about who we are as a person and how we fit together in the relationship. The topics were useful as they covered a wide range of areas and different parts of a marriage. The topics on children, money, and doing my part allowed us to set expectations and get on the same page. The topics more focused on us as a couple were helpful as they allowed us to talk about the reasons we love each other and the struggles we have with the relationship at the same time. This made sure things didn’t get out of hand when the struggles were brought up. The online structure of the course was great. It allowed us to work on the material on our schedule which is a little crazy at the moment with wedding planning. The pdf documents are easy to follow and use and really helped us have meaningful conversation. I think one of the biggest things this class has taught me and Tara is how to have and maintain meaningful conversations about topics in a way were we are not getting frustrated or mad. As when these emotions come out the conversations often devolve and end up going nowhere.  –  Kent

 

7/17/18   Basic   (Minnesota)

Before we participated in this pre-marital counseling, I’d thought we had already had all the conversations we’d need to have. Through participating in this program, I realized there were topics we hadn’t explicitly covered before. I also learned that the way we view ourselves in not necessarily the way the other views us. I feel better prepared for the important conversations we will have to have in the future because of this counseling. – Sarah

 

I enjoyed some of the conversations about our relationship. I found the rules for resolving conflicts conversation to be helpful. I feel better prepared for understanding conflicts in our marriage because of it.  – Losif

 

7/14/18   Christian  (Minnesota)

We thought the course was very beneficial as it had conversation topics that we haven’t had or even thought about having.  All the topics included great questions to having talking points on important items.  We were able to learn a lot about each other including things we didn’t know.  We feel better prepared for marriage now that we have expectations based on these conversations and have discussed topics prior to marriage that are the leading cause of divorce i.e. money.  We would highly recommend talking this course to others prior to getting married, and actually, prior to planning a wedding.  We laughed a little bit about how if we went through this course and decided not to get married, even though our wedding is all planned, then what would we do.  However, that wasn’t the case, unfortunately, for some couples, it may be the case.  We both really enjoyed the online version as it gave us the flexibility to complete the conversations at our leisure and being able to sit down for dinner or a beverage and talk.  Going through the counseling brought us closer together by talking about things we normally wouldn’t talk about, things we avoid talking about, and even things that we already do talk about.  – Melissa and David

 

7/11/18   Basic   (Minnesota)

I feel that it was a good experience to take the course. There were some things that I learned about my future wife. I also learned on stuff that I can approve on and feel comfortable talking about. I am glad I did the course because I feel talking thoroughly and answering the questions made me better prepared for what to expect for marriage and how we can work together and not be afraid to express our feelings. I would recommend this course to anybody that is planning on getting married. – Aric

 

This course was a great way to get to know even more about your future spouse.  I enjoyed the pre-marriage inventory the most in this course, it was fun to see how much we have in common according to the statistics.  This course prepared us more for marriage as we were able to discuss some topics that we didn’t have a chance to talk about/didn’t want to discuss such as who does which chores and who handles the bills.  Overall, I’m glad we took this course for it was a great way to get to know more about your future spouse. We want to thank you for providing this course in such an easy to understand manner and also online.  Aric and I wanted to take a course like this prior to our marriage, but everything we seemed to find was religious based and not online which we didn’t care for. – Kelly

 

7/7/18    Christian   (Minnesota)

I wanted to thank you for putting together this course. Brandon and I wanted a strong relationship that will last. We both know that it takes work and good communication skills to achieve this goal. My parents are divorced and remarried to other people. I did not want my marriage to end like that. Your course gave us the tools to help us continue to strengths our relationship and marriage. It even pointed out areas that we need to talk and strengthen. We both appreciated the online version you created. It gave us the ability to work at our own pace and with our busy/opposite schedule gave the flexibility as well. It also made us more comfortable being able to talk privately about each topic. ~ Laura

 

Laura and I read the book, aloud to each other, as we traveled last summer around Minnesota together. It was during a time that tested our relationship and faith. The traveling was for funerals, and not always the most enjoyable things that you would want to take time off and leave. While reading the book, as with the course you laid out for us, we laughed, cried, and became closer as a couple. Learning much about ourselves, and what we both want for our future together. Your counseling course was very informative and made us really have to discuss issues, problems, and ways to resolve our differences efficiently. ~ Brandon

 

7/1/18   Basic   (Texas)

I did not know what to expect when going into this, but definitely so glad we decided to do it. Going over all of the different conversations and seeing his answers just warmed my heart and helped calm some emotions I was having. It makes me happy to know we are in love and both wish to be happy together. Seeing how some of our answers were similar, if not the same really put a smile on my face. I believed I knew him prior to this, but it helps confirm it. – Victoria

 

Dear Rev. Frank, I believe that doing this preparation course was a great experience for both of us. It made me think of some questions that I have never asked myself. It also made us both talk to each other about some important issues and make sure that we’re making the right decision. I would highly recommend this course to any couple before getting married. Thanks. – Hossam

 

6/7/18   Christian    (Minnesota)

Dear Rev. Frank, I’ve appreciated this course for so many reasons. The flexibility of the online courses allowed us to really focus when we discussed each segment because we were doing it at a time that really worked best for us. The conversations we had helped us really dive deep into so many important aspects of marriage from spirituality to children. The course helped us grow together and feel more prepared for our journey ahead as a married couple. We liked listening to the videos alongside the lessons and found them easy to follow. This experience has been reaffirming and so enriching. I’d recommend that any engaged couple strongly consider taking this course.  – Becca

 

Dear Rev. Frank, we have had such great conversations because of this program. Some topics we hadn’t considered, and all of them brought us closer together. I know we will start our marriage with greater respect and understanding of one another, and communicate even better than before because of this. I look forward to revisiting these packets from time to time, and I especially look forward to checking back in at 6 months, 1 year and 5 years with the additional tools you have provided to see how we’ve progressed. Thanks you.  – Dylan

 

5/31/18   Catholic   (California)

In regard to the online marriage course, at first I was hesitant about taking the course. My initial thought was, why do I have to do this extra work to get married. As we went through the videos and had the conversations with each other, both my fiancé and myself found that we enjoyed it. There are some important questions and discussions that we did not think to talk about prior to taking this course. The online marriage course has helped us improved our understanding about each other. As well, things we know about each other have been re-affirmed. – Huy

 

The wedding program was great! Going through the program has really helped Dat and I to connect. On our days that we took our walks together, answering the questions while we walked, and then reviewing the answers, it allowed us to be honest with one another and fully understand how we feel. I would definitely recommend it to other couples! – Hang

 

5/28/18   Christian   (Georgia)

Dear Rev. Frank, thank you so incredibly much for the opportunity to take your online course. It was a wealth of information and covered topics from perspectives we hadn’t even thought of! Before the counseling we felt like we had a pretty firm foundation in Christ going into our marriage but these sessions have really solidified our foundation and given us a greater sense of peace and confidence for the years ahead.   – Alexandra

 

This marriage counseling course allowed Allie and I to discuss things we wouldn’t have previously thought of regarding our relationship and personal interests. Being an online course, it allowed us to complete the counseling over the phone at our own pace since we live too far apart for in person counseling. I believe that this course has brought us closer together as a couple and closer to God. Thank you!  – Alexander

 

5/11/18   Christian   (New York – Wedding in Texas)

Overall I really enjoyed the course and how it allowed us to take a breath and have important discussions with each other directly leading up to our wedding. Some questions are simple on the surface but spurred good conversation, and others were much deeper and allowed us to explore areas we had not discussed before. I found the issue conversation most helpful as it allowed us to talk deeper about a very real and recent issue we have and talk through it in a much more constructive manner. Being a self-guided course, it was great to be able to move at our own pace (which was an accelerated pace for us) while still having thought provoking conversations with each other. We will definitely recommend to our friends!  –  Andrew

 

The course helped round out additional questions and conversations that we needed to have. I found the conversations to be great additional reinforcement of beliefs and principals we needed to review going into our wedding. What I through was most helpful was understanding how we were raised and how that contributes to our respective views and behaviors. The course was laid out well and allowed us to have good conversations with each other.  –  Cassandra

 

5/7/18   Catholic  (Pennsylvania – Wedding in Texas)

The marriage classes were interesting, helped me to look at things from a different view point and perspective and really helped us to grow as a couple. Some of the questions were very thought-provoking and definitely led to a lot of talks and discussions between me and Rob. I enjoyed how the videos coincided with the homework tasks and I found it nice that we were able to work on this at our own pace. The most challenging aspect of this for me was the piece on the Issue. It really made me stop and think about my actions. Thank you for putting together such a great course!! – Brooke 

 

Dear Father, marriage classes brought Brooke and I together. Being able to accomplish a task with your best friend is a pleasure itself, but to be on your shared couch relaxing against each other while it happens is another. The questions picked each other’s minds and it was enjoyable to see opinions that where shared and answers that we couldn’t come to common ground on. The fact that Brooke and I work so well together is a key in our relationships past and future. Our faith is a priority in both our lives separately and in union. These classes helped justify that. I’ll always love my wife in any situation. Sickness and health. Till death do us part. Sincerely – Robert

 

5/7/18  Basic   (New York)

This course was very useful and reminded us that, although we are different, our love for each other conquers all.  What we most enjoyed about the course was reading what we had to say about each other.  We have a very open and honest relationship, but sometimes we take advantage of the fact that we are always around each other and forget to remind each other of the little things and ways we care about one another.  Will definitely recommend to other couples we know that are looking to take a marriage class!  Thank you!  – Cait and Cort

 

  5/6/18   Catholic   (Ontario, Canada)

I found true comfort in completing this course! Through completing the questions it allowed Shawn and I to connect on a deeper level then ever before through comparing answers! I truly feel like it has brought us closer then ever before! This is a true testament of our love for one another and God! We were able to accept differences in opinion and talk through our frustrations! Thank you. – Amanda

 

I initially was uneasy about an online class for marriage prep. This course made it easy to follow and actually allowed me to engage as a partner. I hope Amanda and I continue to use the tools we have learned in communication for a very happy marriage. – Shawn

 

5/1/18   Catholic     (Minnesota)

The course was a transformational experience. At the beginning, we had talked about some but not all of the topics and by the end, we had covered all the major important conversations. It brought us closer together as a couple and brought out our expectations for the long term that will be helpful in guiding us for the years to come. To other couples, I’d say definitely go ahead with the course- it’s flexible in terms of when you take it but still covers every important topic that should be discussed before marriage. – Sam

 

This experience was unique in every way. Sam and I were able to dedicate time to each other to talk about all aspects of our future marriage. The way the conversations were set up, it was extremely helpful. We were able to go beyond the surface and discuss important subjects that otherwise may be looked over or spoken about briefly if we had not participated in this course. Furthermore, it was helpful to answer individually and later share our answers. Doing this, helped us ground ourselves in our personal answers and mindset to, later on, be open and prepared to talk about it. The course was definitely enjoyable because I learned even more from my partner. I learned at a deeper level his points of view, his stances on certain topics and just overall how we felt in our relationship and where it was going. I enjoyed getting to connect with Sam on a spiritual level. – Melissa

 

4/28/18   Basic    (Minnesota)

This course was greatly beneficial in strengthening the relationship between me and my fiance. While we had discussed these topics before, the way the discussions were laid out helped us identify strong points in our relationship and possible ares of contention in the future. The couple check up allowed us to see our similarities and differences and our strong and week points. These conversations and skills will be helpful to us in the future. Thank you!  – Brenna

 

I have really enjoyed taking your course. I think it helped us talk about issues we wouldn’t have talked about in detail. We were then able to identify an issue that bubbled up and found a solution to deal with that issue. The benefit of taking the course was that we learned how to deal with issues and it helped learn more about ourselves and our relationship. I thought all the exercises were largely valuable and I would recommend to anyone looking at taking the course to go forward with it.  – Mike

 

4/20/18   Catholic   (New York)

We really enjoyed this course. It did take us a long time to complete but it was worth it. It required us to take time to go deeply into subjects in a constructive way. Those areas will be extremely important in the coming years. We found holding hands during discussion a little cheesy at first but we grew to really appreciate that approach. We feel much more prepared for marriage and more confident about our choice to enter into that covenant. – Maggie and Zachary

 

4/19/18   Christian   (Minnesota)

Andrew and I just completed our marriage e-course and had a great experience! We are both busy individuals and travel for our jobs, so being able to take the course at our own pace was great. It was nice to set aside a certain amount of time each week to complete a conversation or two and take time for us. Rev. Frank’s videos and course outline made it easy to move through the course. We enjoyed the conversations and were surprised at how much we learned about each other even though we have been together for five years. There were topics we wouldn’t have even thought to discuss on our own. It was helpful to go in-depth on certain subjects and understand how your partner feels. We felt all the conversations were good ones to have leading up to the wedding. Overall, we would recommend taking the course to other couples. It helped us be more aware of the other person’s feelings and how to better communication with each other in our relationship.  – Ashley and Andrew

 

4/16/18   Basic   (Minnesota)

We have just completed our marriage e-course! What a great tool to use for busy couples! We enjoyed participating in this marriage e-course. Ben and I both lead busy lives with limited time spent discussing important topics like the ones outlined in this course. It was lovely being able to complete different topics at our own time when stress wasn’t impacting our moods. We have been together for 10 years and I was still surprised that certain topics made me feel nervous to talk about. Rev. Dr. Frank’s videos and outlines flowed easily and highlighted the importance of making each topic feel more like a conversation and less like a heated discussion. If there are busy couples out there who would like to make sure they talk about the important “stuff” before they tie the knot, this time-efficient course is the way to do it! Thank you Rev. Dr. Frank!  – Heather and Benjamin

 

4/12/18   Christian  (Minnesota)

Emily and I greatly appreciate the time you spent on this marriage counseling guide. Some of the talks that we had were deep, thoughtful, and provoked emotion towards each other in such a positive manner. It was a pleasure being able to sit down with my soon-to-be wife and have conversations with Christ at the center – starting with prayer and ending with prayer while seeking his guidance throughout.  – Jordyn

 

We thoroughly enjoyed the depth of these conversations and has taught us to dig deeper into our every day conversations. We both were on the same page for the majority of our topics, but definitely were able to elaborate and understand each other’s perspectives with the conversation prompts especially when we did have differences or misunderstandings. – Emily

 

4/11/18   Catholic   (Philippines)

This preparatory marriage program has been a very beneficial to help me become more aware of the challenges and struggles of being married, including the joy and benefit of marriage. Life is a challenge when you share it with your lifetime partner  but even greater when you experience together making wonderful memories together and living the good life.  – Hersheys & Herrenvolk

 

4/10/18  Catholic  (Germany/Singapore)

Thanks to Rev Dr Nelson for creating this online Marriage Preparation Course. It was really a big help for us especially me and my Fiancé is in a long distance. It really helped us go thru the course and had encourage us to have more communication towards our soon marriage life. The whole ecourse was fun to do as well because of the question that we had to answer and then discuss. Definitely would be recommending this to all the couples that would get marry in the future. We are very blessed that our Parish Priest had recommended this e-course to us because the Classroom type of course doesn’t really apply to us since we are in long distance. I’m currently in Singapore and Wolfie is in Germany so its really a big struggle for us. Big thanks to you and God bless you thousand folds. – Ruchie

 

Thank you for the opportunity to have a course like this. The course was recommended by her Parish priest. It was a great help for us, because we are actually in a long distance relationship. It’s difficult to visit a localized course when one of us lives in Singapore and the other one is in Germany. The course was very helpful for us to improve our communication. It was amusing to answer the questions and to talk about it. I can fully recommend this online course to other couples that get married and are in a similar situation. – Wolfgang

 

4/9/18   Basic  (Texas)

This counseling session has helped me be able to communicate with Christina better. It allowed us to talk about things that we have not talked about before. It has allowed us to set realistic goals and expectations for each other. – Chris

 

Premarital counseling helped us grow as a couple and communicate better. Pre-marital counseling helped us talk about things that we have not talked about before like finances. It also allowed us to know how we both feel about certain things like children in the future.  Christina 

 

3/31/18 Basic  (Minnesota)

I enjoyed doing the inventory. It was easy to answer yet had some basic and important questions to ask to get to know each other better. I liked the fact that I could work on the education on our free time. The questions on the PDF files were open-ended questions that were easy to answer and not as intimidating as I thought it would be. It took a while to finish all the education material, however, I feel great that we managed to complete it while we are getting ready for our wedding and before starting our marriage together. – Hana

 

It was worthwhile overall. It got us talking about some areas we haven’t talked about. However, I’m not sure if it necessarily helped me feel more prepared about our marriage. – Bryan

 

3/30/18  Basic  (Minnesota)

I found the conversations very helpful. It was nice to take the time to discuss some of the subjects. I think it went very well. I think it was most helpful in pointing out our strengths and some weaknesses or areas that we can look to improve on. I think it will also be helpful for us in having a long and successful marriage. Bringing up some topics that we hadn’t discussed yet or thought about. – Dan

 

These guided conversations were great. We had talked about most topics but I definitely found it helpful to go more in depth on the subjects. I think it helped us learn more about each other both past and present topics. I found the marriage assessment enjoyable being able to see our personalities and learn about strengths and growing areas for our relationship. I think it proved what we already knew, that we are somewhat different but that is good for us because we balance each other out. As for our marriage, it helped us prepare for this by being more aware of the other person’s feelings and not just looking at our own feelings in a situation. – Molly

 

3/25/18  Catholic  (California)

I never knew that there was such a course to help you in preparation for marriage because I’ve never been married before.  But after this course, this course really does open your mind on marriage issues that you may encounter and how you can solve them.  It helped to give me insight on what couples might be going through after they get married and in this way it helps to prepare the couple to face the challenges ahead.  So in a way, taking this course is good in the sense that no relationship is smooth with no obstacles so you should prepare yourself for some bumps and bruises along the way but as long as you talk it out and communicate each other’s feelings, it will greatly help you overcome and solve your marriage problems before they get out of hand. – Natalie

 

The course was very insightful and contains so much good information on what newlyweds face once they are married.  It’s like a workshop on how to fix your marriage problems.  Basically, if the couple expresses their feelings and willing to sacrifice for one another, your marriage will be in better shape instead of having feelings of resentment built up inside of you whenever you disagree on something.  The exercises in the course force you in a good way to express your feelings to your partner so that they can understand you better and what actually is going on in your head. I actually didn’t know some of the things my fiancé was feeling until we had our discussions so this course really helped me to understand the feelings of my fiancé better. – Tinh

 

3/15/18  Basic  (Texas)

Thanks for the quick response, we appreciate you going out of your way to help us. Indeed, we did all conversations together, and we tried to include both of our perspectives in our answers. We found most topics very useful, but our favorite was the rules for resolving conflicts, we have already taken pre-marital prep courses, but this topic wasn’t covered, rules no.2 and no.3 helped us take a better approach as far as timing to resolve problems. Rule no.9 is my favorite, is it really worth it to argue about all topics? Sometimes the solution is more exhausting than the issue itself. In addition, chapters on Money and Leisure and work, provide us with a guideline to budget ourselves better. In general we found all conversations useful, but this last I mentioned stood out the most. Faviola and Antonio

 

3/6/2018 Catholic (Mexico)

The program was very helpful to us and allowed us to become closer in our relationship with God. We loved how it was at our own pace and allowed us to progress quickly. – Dayren

 

It was a great course. The questions were interesting and I think we learned a lot about each other. I think it made our bond stronger and helped our communication skills. – Evan

 

3/3/2018 Basic (Colorado)

Rev. Frank: This course has been a wonderful experience! My fiancé and I aren’t the best with communication and expressing our feelings, so it was nice to learn how to sit down and approach situations. It was very enlightening to see all the different aspects that went into this course, from money to intimacy. I would recommend this course to anyone getting married! – Mindy 

 

Rev. Frank: The course was a real eye opener for Mindy and me. I really enjoyed having to take the time to sit down and conversate. It seems these last few months we have always been on the go and it was nice taking some time out to sit and relax and talk. I really enjoyed being able to speak of the types of relationships that my parents and grandparents had and listening to Mindy’s as well. Some situations were a bit touchy but I think after sitting down and actually talking it out, it helped us look at things clearer. Very well laid out with the order of topics and very well written questions. I would this to anyone and it was a wonderful experience that made me realize the wedding day is getting near. Thanks again for the help! – Sergio

 

2/17/2018 Catholic (Singapore)

Dear Rev Dr. Frank, we have just completed the online marriage preparation course and we are very happy for having a great experience while completing this course. We are already married in civil and this time we wanted to have a church wedding soonest. We found it very helpful for all the couples who wanted to get married and build a family of their own. We learned a lot of things and we found many realizations as well. Thank you for this course and we would highly recommend this to our friends and colleagues. Thanks again and more power! God bless. – Janeth

Dear Rev Dr Frank, we have just completed the online marriage preparation course and we are very satisfied and overwhelmed while completing this course. This course will be beneficial for those couples who wanted to get married and have a family of their own. We learned a lot of things and we found many realizations as well. Thanks again and more power! Cheers! God bless. Respectfully yours – Archibald 

 

021618 – Catholic (California)

I found this course fun and insightful. We found it interesting and a great opportunity to talk about our future life together. I am happy that we had the chance to have a structured plan to talk and bounce ideas off of each other. It helped prepare us for our marriage. – Sylvia

It was nice how we were able to talk about different issues that will arise in our marriage. I was able to listen to her ideas and reflect on my own. I am looking forward to our marriage in the church and our lives as husband and wife. – Reynaldo

 

02/05/18 – Christian (Texas)

My husband to be and I thoroughly enjoyed taking your marriage prep. We found the questions very insightful and learned a lot of new things about each other. We believe that the course will help us a great deal as we prepare to take our wedding vows and when we are married. Thank you very much! – Obianuju and Chidozie

 

01/31/18 – Basic (Minnesota)

We are a very busy couple so at first we weren’t going to do the Basic Marriage Online Course but eventually decided why not! We are so glad we did. After being together for 7 years, some of the topics and conversations that are part of the course aren’t often brought up after the “newness” of a relationship fades. It was so nice to think about those things and hear each other say them (we both cried happy tears after the first conversation!). During the stress of planning a big wedding, it was important to sit down and talk about why we’re doing this and what it all is for. The course also forced us to talk about some of our disagreements, issues and fears in a very healthy way. We are thankful to hold on to our conversations to look back on in the future when we need a reminder or support. – Charlotte and Lance

 

01/30/18 – Basic (Texas)

Thank you, Rev. Dr. Nelson for this wonderful activity. This has helped my fiancé and me  learn so much more about each other. I would definitely refer friends and family to do this because it not only counseling for your marriage but it brings both partners together. I look forward to doing the last two activities after we hit one year of marriage because I can’t wait to see how far we have come. So thank you again so much! – Isabella

Thank you so much Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson! This online course came to a rescue for me and my fiancé due to her and I not being in the same state at the moment. Every night me and her would video chat and come together and really sit down and have heart to heart conversations on every topic of this course. We got to learn more about one another and I could not thank you enough. Most couples out there do not think about marriage counseling but I am glad we were of the couples who did. I cannot wait to apply the information I learned from here to our daily life. Once again, thank you so much for your help! – Destinee

 

01/16/18 – Catholic (England and Columbia)

I had a great experience because it was an effective way to confront and exchange ideas and values between us. The material is really interesting and complete.  Thank you very much. – Sol

We loved this course. It gave us the chance to sit, think and talk about important elements of our relationship and personal views together and has definitely made us even more understanding of each other. – Jamie

 

01/03/18 – Christian (Minnesota)

We have completed the course and loved every minute of it! We enjoyed talking out loud with each other and although we knew most of this already about each other, we enjoyed having a layout and having a refresher. We loved all of the questions that you gave us! Some made us really think and, as a result, we were definitely changed as a result of this course. We learned how to have better conversations with each other, how to talk about important issues, and how to resolve conflicts. We also loved putting our questions and insecurities out in front of each other and putting them to rest. I would definitely recommend this course to my friends (I already told one couple about it)! Thank you so much! – Jenna and Tom

 

12/23/17 – Basic (Minnesota)

I am really glad Pohai and I did this course. We are currently living in different states, so it worked really great for our schedules and we were able to complete the course even though we couldn’t physically be together. The course was great at highlighting all the reasons that we want to enter into marriage in the first place, and it also offered a great platform to discuss topics that we hadn’t spent a lot of time talking about before. We already had such a wonderful relationship, but this course has given us a couple of new communication tools that we will use throughout our marriage. Thank you! – Marissa 

 

Greeting Rev Frank. The program definitely was eye-opening. At first I was skeptical as to how much it could help but I quickly learned that this program was exactly what we needed. It helped us get to a much deeper level of connection and we were able to discuss much more hesitant topics. I would gladly recommend this program to other engaged couples out there because you’re only investing in yourself as a couple in the end. Amazing program! Thank you again. – Pohai

 

12/20/17 – Catholic (Singapore)

I didn’t expect that this E-course would affect me in such a way that I would be able to express all my feeling. It has been a great help for our relationship because there are things that I am shy to voice out. With this course I was able to express myself. It is very easy and convenient for couples who are in long distance relationships like us. It helped us to be more open and confident with each other. The course touched not only within us as a couple, but also our friends and family. It taught us to deal with things like money, children, marriage, issues, and resolving problems. Thanks to the Catholic Family for providing this course. No doubt this will be a blessing, not only to us, but also to other couples. – Danielle

The e-course is very helpful and convenient, especially in our situation. It is very easy to follow and it helped us couple to really prepare ourselves for marriage. I personally like it because it gives different ways to express yourself to your partner and it is very convenient. It is very, very helpful since all you need is to follow the instructions given and apply it. It helped me to be more open to my partner and more expressive on what I feel about our relationship. It was really a big help. Thank you so much. – Jon

 

12/10/17 – Christian (Texas)

We thoroughly enjoyed this course. It brought us closer together and provided a structured way to have important conversations about our life and marriage. IT made us talk about things that we had not previously talked about such as our families and what was formative to us when we were growing up. It let us open up and in particular helped us share our feelings. The structured nature of this course were most helpful. Going through these issues was extremely important to us and would be for any couple getting married. – Thayer & Aubri

 

12/05/17 – Basic (Minnesota)

I had a great experience doing the online pre-marriage counseling through Rev Frank.  The online option worked great for my fiancé and me because our schedules have been so busy lately. This course really allowed us to open up our communication with each other and learn some things about how the other was feeling that we wouldn’t have learned if we didn’t talk through these lessons. The “issues” and “rules for resolving conflict” will especially be helpful in our future so we can deal with confrontations in a healthy, constructive way.  I look forward to doing our anniversary check-in talks each year! Thank you! – Katie

 

Doing the pre-marriage counseling was a great idea for us. I was a little hesitant at first, but the online nature of the courses made me more comfortable, and I enjoyed discussing the files with my fiancé. It was nice to be able to fill them out on my own then come back together to talk through them.  I learned some good techniques on how to be more open with my fiancé in the future. Overall great experience! – Matt

 

12/04/17 – Catholic (Texas)

Hi Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson, your online Marriage Preparation Course has helped me and my soon to be wife , Grace, to see a better future for our married life. We managed to identify our strengths and weaknesses as an individual and also how to tackle those differences to complement each other. We’ve also been more open with each other during the course period and will continue to do so. The conversations are a bit awkward at the start specially for me but as the course went on, it became so natural. This is such a helpful tool for soon-to-be-married couples to better understand each other and, of course, the married life itself. We will definitely recommend it to friends who are planning to get married. Thank you and all the best to your courses. – Ryan

 

Dear Rev. Dr. Nelson, our marriage preparation course was insightful and fun. It helped us know our strengths as a couple and it helped us have conversations that we needed to have to prepare us for a life together. Thank you so much! I would and have recommended this course to our friends. Sincerely – Maria

 

12/02/17 – Catholic (West Virginia)

I thoroughly enjoyed taking the time to recap a lot of the topics that Mara and I discussed in the beginning stages of our relationship. It also extracted more detail from those conversations, and struck new conversation. It made it easy to discuss everything that was on our minds and more. – James

I enjoyed the time we spent together reviewing each lesson. I felt all the topics and discussions flowed well. We’ve discussed some of these topics, and expanded on conversations that we had not discussed before. – Mara

 

11/15/17 – Basic  (Texas)

We found that we had already talked about these aspects in depth over the years already but it was a good exercise to go through.  It was good to reaffirm everything and we are now even more confident in our decision to get married. – Cameron

 

I thought it was very interesting that we had already had these conversations, in depth, many times throughout our relationship. We have always been extremely open with each other since we met. Even talking about the big issues has always been easy for us.  The course was a great confirmation that we are on the right track and prepared for marriage and the future of our relationship. – Amanda

 

11/13/17 – Catholic   (Texas)

We really enjoyed the program. It got us to discuss things that we hadn’t had the time to discuss or things we didn’t even think about discussing. We opened up about some of our insecurities and helped us find both the strengths in our relationship and the things we need to work on. We really enjoyed the questions discussing the beginning of our relationship and remembering when we first met. It helped us see how far we’ve come and how much we’ve worked in staying together even though we had a lot of obstacles come our way. – Maria and Paul

 

11/07/17 – Christian   (Florida)

Dear Rev. Frank, this marriage prep course is an excellent tool for Sandra and I to reflect, discuss and address so many important topics that we think it should be mandatory before anyone gets marriage. Thank you for putting all the time and effort into this course. You are helping many people start their married lives on the right foot. – Joey and Sandra

 

10/31/17 – Basic   (Michigan)

I really enjoyed the online marriage counseling. I was a little hesitant about counseling at first, but it paid off and I think it was a pretty good program. I truly enjoyed how immersive it was. The counseling was very detailed and hit every type of question that would be asked in person. It made me think long and hard about what to write down and really made me open up even more to my fiancé. I give this course a 10/10!  – Jarreal

 

I thought the online marriage counseling was very helpful. It showed me that I had some feelings I did not know that I had. It also showed me how my fiancé and I should talk more and discuss more things that we haven’t been. I also like that it gave tips about when you do argue how you should go about it. It also made me think deep down about how I feel about getting married. More than ever now I know I want to marry this man and spend my life with him. I think this is a great program to use before marriage and even the years to come. I give this course the best rating it can get. – Madeline

 

10/26/17 – Basic    (Georgia)

Dr. Frank, I have really enjoyed the course! I think it was a good icebreaker before marriage. We were able to talk about things we have previously discussed as well as topics that may have been more difficult to talk about. We were always in a good mood and never thought that we were trying to speak negative of each other. After each session, there may have been a few things we discussed further, but now that we have completed the course, we no longer have any subjects that I know of that need to be discussed that did not appear in the course. So I would like to thank you for this great course which has helped both me and my future wife in laying the groundwork of our marriage. – Stephan

 

Dr. Frank, this course was exactly what we needed to begin our marriage and life together. It allowed both of us to open up about things that had been on our minds that we may very well have been too afraid or hesitant to bring up. The conversations were full of honesty and love and we both honestly even learned new things about each other, which I find absolutely refreshing. I believe that just in our doing this course, our love grew for each other even more. I thank you for this course and for allowing us to become closer together before we become one. – Brittney.

 

10/21/17 – Basic   (Florida)

My fiancé and I had an amazing experience with Dr. Frank and his online program. We thought the talk points provided and the video that tied along with each session were really helpful in getting us get to talk about those topics that we either were avoiding or hadn’t yet had a conversation about. The flexibility of being able to complete on our own time with our busy schedules was so great and the intimate aspect of being able to sit at our own home while talking about such vulnerable topics helped us to be honest and open. Overall, we would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking for an online or flexible option. – Sydney and Jonathan

 

10/12/17 – Christian

Sean and are also doing pre-marital counseling with our officiant and his wife and it was incredible how thorough and similar the material covered through our pre-marital counseling and the online marriage class have been! It was so refreshing and encouraging the time that was set aside to pray and thank God for him. I was brought to tears on different occasions. Through the class I was reminded why I wanted to marry Sean. We are a great team, and while we are not perfect, I’m confident in our ability to resolve conflict quickly. I have been blown away by the way Sean considers me even when what I want is contrary to what he believes is best. I am confident in his ability to lead me closer to our Creator, us in a direction that is best for our marriage and our family in a direction that God would be proud of. Thank you for your help in preparing us in making the biggest decision in life beside the one when we decided to become followers of Jesus! – Jimena and Sean

 

10/10/17 – Christian

I really enjoyed going through the different discussion topics with my fiancé.  I felt that sitting down and discussing large topics that we had previously talked about in more detail made us realize what was important to the other.  I believe this method solidified the other’s opinion and will help prevent arguments in the future.  If anything it helped us improve our communication skills with each other that we will benefit from for a lifetime.  I would absolutely recommend this program to friends who are planning to get married. – Whitney

 

This program was absolutely fantastic! It allowed myself and Whitney to have the difficult conversations I may have avoided previously. Allowing me to get outside of my comfort zone, has helped us grow as a team. I know that these conversations will allow us to to grow and develop an even stronger relationship with one another. This course was extremely beneficial and I will undoubtedly recommend it to friends and family. – Isac

 

10/03/17 – Basic

Gerald and I want to thank you so much for offering such an amazing online pre-marital course. It truly was a blessing to come across this program. We are from Alpine, Texas and did not have any close access to taking a pre-marital course in person. I went to researching online programs and came across yours right away and felt like it was perfect for us after reading the online reviews and testimonies. What we enjoyed most about the course is the comfort in sitting in our own space with just each other to discuss all the different topics that you provided. Each topic was laid out in a perfect and easy way to follow. The most helpful part of the course we agreed on is the “Issues” section and the “Rules for Resolving Issues”. This section brought a whole new perspective to dealing with conflict and a helpful way to work through it. I enjoyed sitting in front of each other and making each promise to one another. I feel we have both become more aware of each other’s feelings and even have found out new insights about one another. I have already recommended this program to some of our friends! I told them how amazing and how easy this program was to follow. We are in a completely different place in communication with each other now and we thank you again for that! Our wedding is less than a month away now and we can’t wait to start our lives together and always keeping the steps of this course in our minds and hearts. – Jordyn

 

9/18/17 – Christian

Dear Rev. Frank. We have completed your course. It was very helpful. We discussed topics that we have not talked about before and were able to learn more about one another. Although we have the same values and share the same religious views, there are things that we do not agree upon. By doing the exercises we were able to work through our differences and agree on important points such as children, faith, living situation, etc. This course brought us closer and we are happy to start our married life soon. – Vitalii and Zoreslava

 

9/13/17 – Basic

What an in depth and helpful course! Even though we had discussed many of these items previously, we were able to get to new depths within our conversations. The questions never felt perfunctory, and really helped us see new sides to familiar topics such as finances and faith. I came to really enjoy our weekly sessions–it made me feel like I grew closer to my partner and solidified my excitement for our upcoming wedding! – Beth

 

9/7/17 – Basic

I learned a lot from this course. It helped me be more honest and put my feelings and selfishness aside for the best of both of us to shine. I would recommend this to other couples who are in the process of getting married. I believe this course helps open the door to gaining more respect and love from your partner. When you are sitting there holding hands, your guard is totally down and you can share your feelings and thoughts with each other. We are very glad we took the opportunity to log the hours and talk through these various situations. There were many tears of joy but also much laughter at that we shared in this course. We will be recommending this to our friends and family members who are going to embark on a life together. This has helped clear up many issues and I think all can benefit from this. – Eustace

 

I found the course to be very rewarding. The program is a platform for couples to share some of the most meaningful and yet challenging experiences that come with being in a relationship. It allows for each individual to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences…allowing for them at times to be 100% vulnerable with one another. It is an amazing program that I would highly suggest all couples complete. Thanks. – Carrie

 

9/2/17 – Basic

We just finished the basic e-course. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to strengthen our relationship prior to our marriage. We both feel that you helped us to have open, healthy conversations. We are appreciative of your assistance with that. We feel that we are a very strong couple, and your course has helped us discuss everything even more openly. – Hillary and Shae

 

8/30/17- Christian

I enjoyed the conversations that were sparked because of the questions that were given to us. It helped us grow together and learn more about what had been previously unspoken of, which helped me learn more about Nicole. I would recommend this to anyone, whether your church requires it or you are just looking to learn more about your partner. – Dylan

 

I liked the pre-marital course. The conversations really helped us dig deeper into our relationship and ask questions that we may not have thought of to ask yet because they have not come up yet. I liked how we worked separately on the classes and then came together to talk about what we wrote. I would recommend this class to anyone who is getting married because I think it was very helpful and I liked how it was self-paced. – Nicole

 

8/25/17 – Catholic

I would like to thank Rev. Frank Nelson for putting together a wonderful program my future wife and I were able to experience.  We both enjoyed the online video lectures and really taking the time to go in-depth into each of our feelings.  Some of the subjects we had never really discussed before, such as children and our parents.  It was definitely eye opening to learn even more about each other and we probably never would have done it without being prompted from this class.  We both feel that we are much better prepared for our future together, not only because we’ve discussed these topics, but the things we learned about how to communicate and resolve issues together. – Andrew and Emily

 

8/22/17 – Basic

When we first started the course it felt awkward since we were looking at the computer. Once we started doing the conversations it allowed me to learn more about my spouse. Not only that but we were able to just take some time and talk to each other. Overall we got to define our dreams, hopes and expectations that we have in order to make our marriage work. – Gerald

 

One of my favorite activities was the first packet (Before We Say “I do”). I can honestly say that I almost cried when we discussed our answers. It allowed us to travel back in time and relive the way we first met and how our love came to be. It also provided him a way to talk more in depth about his feelings towards me and that is something that made my heart melt. We still have a lot to learn but thanks to this, we have a better understanding on how to make our marriage a long and successful one. – Monica

 

8/21/17 – Christian

I so enjoyed our marriage preparation with Reverend Frank.  The conversations that we had were pertinent and important.  Having Cory and I each work separately through the conversations and then come together and go through our work as a team was very enlightening and allowed us to be completely open and honest about how we felt about a given issue.  The videos were helpful in encouraging us to dig a little deeper into the topics as well.  Doing the couple check up inventory was so enlightening.  It helped us to know where we would need to focus our attention and outlined where some discrepancies may come up within our personalities and our belief systems.  I definitely feel closer to Cory since doing our marriage preparation and feel confident that our marriage will be strong.  – Jackie

 

Thanks so much for putting together the pre-marital program and allowing us to take part in it! The videos were easy to view and were a helpful tool for our discussions together. We really enjoyed spending time together going through the material and the questions prompted good discussions between us. I would recommend your guidance to any newly engaged couple looking for a self-paced, fun, and rewarding counseling program prior to the big day. The questions in your program are so important for any young couple to work through before committing the rest of their lives together. Great program. Best wishes. – Cory

 

8/20/17 – Catholic

Byron and I really enjoyed this online Catholic marriage preparation course. We thought that the conversations were fun, pleasant, and significant. We touched on subjects that we haven’t really talked about in depth and these conversations were able to guide us through these important topics such as family, children, faith, and money.  We especially thought that the issues conversation was helpful and we will definitely try to use it in the future whenever we have a disagreement or important decision to make together. We also look forward to doing the other two conversations, our marriage at 6 months and our annual anniversary talk. Overall, we believe that all the conversations helped us better prepare ourselves for our wedding day and our marriage because we were able to open up and talk about our thoughts and feelings on key topics that all engaged couples should discuss prior to committing to a life together. We had a lot of fun with the online course and we were definitely able to spend quality time together taking the online course and working on the conversations. – Tracy

 

8/10/17 – Catholic

Our conversations have been great especially considering Sherilyn’s Filipino culture, it has been great for us to have the discussions because of the differences in our backgrounds and even more so our cultures. The roles/expectations in our marriage/household are somewhat varied again due to cultural differences…. we have learned a lot about each other through the process. As an airline pilot it is very difficult to have a set class time or have an entire weekend off, so the self-paced aspect was perfect. It was very helpful to us as a couple and more specifically to me to help identify areas in our marriage that had not been discussed. The most helpful topics to me were conflict resolution and money and for us they are tied together. We both Learned through discussions a lot about each other’s expectations. The entire process brought us closer together as it gave good topics to just have “breakfast conversations” about more important topics then “just the weather.” Again the course was very fitting for me because it was “self paced” and had good discussion topics. Thanks again! – Jason 

 

I liked the course. It made our relationship stronger. We have a better understanding of our feelings for each other. Discussing our thoughts or opinions has prepared us for our future life together. As a couple we need to be strong-minded in making the right decisions and pursuing our goals for our future family. This course helped us express our expectations, sharing our positive and negative outlooks on life. In our marriage we want to have a strong faith in God always between us as a couple. This process of marriage preparation was very helpful to us. We learned a lot of important  things that will help us build our future family and organize our married life. Thanks Again!  – Sherilyn

 

8/19/17 – Basic

We decided to review this course together. There were many things that we enjoyed. A lot of these topic were talked about before between us, but not into the detail that these worksheets had us discuss. We enjoyed some of the topics more than others.  We found the doing my part,money, faith and children were topics that we discussed before but not in detail. We really enjoyed this process. It allowed us to take a step back from our busy lives and focus on each other. Wedding planning can begin to take over our lives and it can cause us to lose focus on why we are getting married. That is why we also really enjoyed our wedding day conversation. This made us step back from all the details and realized that no matter what happens, our wedding day will be special because it is the meaning behind the entire day. This is a program that we will definitely let our friends know about. Love, Jesse and Katie

 

8/19/17 – Catholic

Mathew’s evaluation: The entire course was both thought provoking and enjoyable. We were able to dig deeper on topics we may have discussed before and have new conversations on other topics. Including prayer allowed us to approach all the discussions in a faith based manner we hadn’t done with all the topics in the past. These conversations resulting from the course gave us a better understanding of expectations for one another and strengthened our relationship. With more clear goals and expectations we are both better prepared to move forward in our relationship and continue our journey in our faith as one. – Mathew

 

While taking this course I could not believe how much it has changed our way of communicating with each other. Some of the questions that we answered I would never thought of would be part of the marriage preparation course. Each category has help myself and Mathew to discuss, and find solutions than just blowing it off. This course has helped me to prepare myself to respect, be patient, communicate and continue our faith in Christ. – Jena

 

8/18/17 – Basic

I personally found the discussions to be very eye-opening and fun.  There were questions that I thought I knew Matt’s opinion on and was surprised by how off I was.  It opened up a few topics that we had not discussed before as we haven’t encountered some things not being married yet.  We have made plans to elaborate on some of the talks in the near future.  The money one was the most eye opening for me.  Per one of the recommendations in the questions we have plans to meet with a financial advisor for help with navigating financial plans for the future.  And my personal favorite was the children discussion.  We come from two very different families in terms of size and family dynamics.  It was interesting to hear what he thought was normal versus my perception of normal.  I was most surprised by how little we argued as some of our responses differed greatly.  But even our disagreements were respectful and I think we understand each other’s viewpoints more then before.  So thank you for making these talking points. – Lindsey and Matthew

 

8/16/17 – Catholic

I found this program incredibly helpful.  It made me think of our relationship in a different light.  It was very beneficial to me and increased my spiritual and holy relationship with my fiancé and with God.  I would gladly partake of this program in the future after marriage if there was the opportunity. – Duy

 

I think that this marriage preparation program was amazing and really helped me and Duy connect on a level that we had not approached before.  By sitting down, answering the great questions, and then reviewing the answers in the open, it allowed us to be honest with one another and revealed thoughts about our marriage that we did not know the other held.  I would recommend it highly for all couples, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, as a way to strengthen a loving relationship. – Lyan

 

8/10/17 – Catholic

I loved this class! It could not have come at a better time in the middle of our relationship. This class got us to be more open and closer with each other. I love it. Will definitely be using it for anniversaries. – Ana

 

I liked this class a lot. It help me to talk more with my significant other. It taught me to be more open. It did come at a very very good time. I would do this class again if I had to. – Justin

 

8/9/17 – Basic

This was an good course that allowed us to better know each other, especially what we were expecting from each other. It approached topics that we had not discussed before. Both of us find it difficult to talk about what we want, so the course allowed us to put some of it out in the open. It also provided a good framework to speak about issues both of us were concerned with. Thank you for developing this course. – Najiib and Tazkia

 

8/8/17 – Basic

After participating in the online pre-marriage course I feel closer than ever to my fiancé and I couldn’t be more excited to get married to him and spend the rest of my days with him.  I enjoyed how the questions/conversations were challenging however important and not always thought about prior to taking such a big leap in a relationship. Ben and I have talked about children and money before but never about resolving conflict and I think this really helped set a tone for how we will address this in the future. Throughout the process and conversations I became emotional in the best ways from getting giddy like I did the first time we went on a date all the way to getting teary eyed saying the promises that we are making to each other out loud. I am definitely prepared and beyond ready to walk down the aisle and start the next step of our lives together. I also feel way better about the big decision of purchasing our first home together after the conflict resolution conversation. I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone seeking pre marital services. – Danielle

 

8/1/17 – Basic

I am so glad that we took the time to complete this course before getting married. For one thing, it is a very welcome break from the stress of wedding planning to reconnect and talk about the things that are important to us. The element that we enjoyed the most was that this course provided a format to bring up sensitive issues in a very non-combative way and have a structured and supportive conversation around it. Discussing things like the relationships with our families, money management and how to resolve issues is so important in any successful, long-term relationship but they can be difficult to discuss without the proper environment. Thank you for giving us the tools we needed to connect on these critically important things! – Lauren

 

The time we took to complete this marriage prep course was very valuable in both what we learned about each other as well as the intimate time we gained from it. After a full day of work, it is sometimes challenging finding the energy to have conversations like this, but the templates made them manageable and meaningful. I feel that the course provides topics that are crucial to a marriage – everything from expectations of your wedding day to how to approach resolving issues. Lauren and I genuinely enjoyed completing this course and found a great deal of benefit from it that will help us in the years to come. – John

 

7/27/17 – Christian

Eric and I just completed the online premarital counseling, and it was such a rewarding experience. We have always felt we have open conversation, but having the structured time to discuss our thoughts and feelings on so many issues was a great way to progress toward our wedding day and marriage. Putting our thoughts into words can be challenging, and writing out our thoughts sometimes got the point across, and sometimes it started an even greater conversation. Although not required to get married, we would recommend premarital counseling (and specifically your course) to our friends and family as they get engaged and plan for marriage. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in putting together a course that helped us explore our relationship and give us a strong foundation for future exploration! – Amy and Eric

 

7/26/17 – Basic

I really enjoyed the questions that were asked. I have known my fiance for over 10 years and still some of these questions were never brought up — which seems silly in hindsight but they were worded to actually have a conversation and avoid assuming. It was really helpful to answer the questions separately and then come together to discuss. We had many good conversations that went off on a tangent from the initial question. I believe it helped prepare us for our marriage by actually discussing things rather than assuming. I feel we are much more on the same page because of it. I feel very confident that our marriage will last because we know we need to communicate and share our feelings during the tougher times. I am looking forward to the good times even more now! – Kelle

 

I really liked sitting down and hearing how Kelle thought or felt about certain ideas. I found myself eager to go over our questions just to hear what ideas we had would be similar or very different. I particularly liked that the questions got us thinking about our future together in ways we had never discussed, like how we would like to incorporate religion with our children.  It was helpful to know that this time to talk with each other was a safe place to discuss ideas and feelings. It allowed us to feel comfortable talking about uncomfortable topics like money.  I feel like I have become better at discussing issues and how I feel more easily and freely, which is very helpful for our relationship. I also feel like this has made us more committed and excited to work at our marriage!  I can’t wait to start this next part of our lives, our married life! – Kayla

 

7/21/17 – Catholic

This course has allowed us to have more calm conversations about marriage, family and issues, which I believe will help us in future challenges. We still have so much room for growth but I felt this ha provided a platform for us to reflect and discuss important skills to continue building a stronger relationship. Dennis and I are in a long-distance relationship and that presents an additional challenge to discuss via telephone instead of being in each other’s presence. I think in the future we may see even more growth as we continue having conversations in person and as a married couple. Overall it was a great foundation for communicating and a way to learn with purpose to improve with each other every time we repeat these sessions. So thank you for sharing your work with us.  – Christina & Dennis

 

7/18/17 – Basic

I have enjoyed this because it was time that we were able to spend time together and do this and we were able to go over questions that we would not have not normally gone over. Through these discussions it was nice to figure out that we had more similar interests and the same views on certain things. I also liked that it allowed me to open up about my feelings more than I have in the past and talk about them which is something new for me. Being able to do this course online was helpful with our busy schedules and it was nice that we could work on it when we had time. – Corey

 

This course was very enlightening to not only myself but us as a couple. I loved how it brought in parts of all aspects of a relationship and made you talk and think about things that wouldn’t have normally thought of. I loved how it brought us closer in our relationship and how Corey was able to open up to me more as we worked through the course work together. Through this course we were able to work through some of our differences that had been brought to light and I truly enjoyed it. Another plus was that we were able to work at our own paces which was nice with both our busy schedules. I would recommend this course to anyone that has busy schedules and likes the comfort of their own home!  – Amber

 

7/13/17 – Basic

The prompts provided good topics from which to have some very in-depth conversations. Although we previously covered many aspects of our life and planning in coming to the decision to marry, the talks continued and deepened our conversations and understanding in many points. I found the online experience to be most helpful due to having a busy schedule. The ease of use and flexibility in completing the program on our time was perfect for our situation. I believe this process has contributed to our readiness for marriage in that we have come to agreements, understandings, and furthered our technical arrangements through the various topics covered. – Tamika

 

The experience was a great one. I enjoyed all of the different talk points in this series because it made for a lot of interesting conversation. I feel that both of us have a head start going into our future together and anyone that is considering getting married should take this course. I also enjoyed the fact that each topic made you think about things that often times you would forget to talk about before going into something as serious as marriage. The program was very well organized and you did an excellent job of having the video correspondence to go along with it. Thank you for everything Rev. Frank – Damein

 

7/10/17 – Basic

We really got a lot out of our marriage preparation class. It was lovely to carve out time during our hectic wedding planning lives to refocus on a strong foundation. The class gave us great tools for communication, resolving differences, and creating touchpoints as our relationship grows. Thank you so much for guiding us through this class and towards a happy marriage.  – Julie Ann & Ryan

 

7/5/17 – Catholic

We just want to take a minute to thank you for such a fantastic and wonderfully designed marriage course! We were a little nervous to take a prep course online due to the fact that you aren’t face to face with someone. However, our schedules made it very difficult for us to take a physical class. Needless to say, we are so extremely grateful for your program. I’ve never really seen my fiancé cry, but your class actually made his eyes water. It was such a beautiful moment for us, as a couple. Thank you very much. We will live out the rest of our marriage and lives by your great advice! – Paige and Tim

 

7/2017 – Very helpful!
We really got a lot out of our marriage preparation class. It was lovely to carve out time during our hectic wedding planning lives to refocus on a strong foundation. – Julie Ann and Ryan

 

7/2017 – Wonderful experience!
Highly recommend for the busy couples out there! – Paige and Tim

 

6/27/17 – Catholic

I found the course extremely beneficial,  the content and depth of the questions sparked great conversations between Rich and I. The issues we discussed made us stop and reflect. Hearing each other’s answers was interesting as we both have similar perspectives on the topics. I felt that the questions made us discuss topics that we wouldn’t necessarily have discussed. Since completing the course I’ve recommended it to many couples. As we shared our thoughts it was reassuring to know that we are both on the same wave length. – Antoinette

 

I found the marriage course very interesting, and it surprised me at how enjoyable it was.  Whilst my fiancee and I have had all of these discussions previously, it was important and also enjoyable to go through the chapters.  Writing down our answers and convening afterwards meant that not only did we get to know each other’s thoughts, but also the thought process that goes into feeding back the answers – this to me was fantastic.  Whilst the answers are important, it is more important for me to understand Antoinette’s thought process. I thought some of the questions were a bit repetitive, but all important in their own right.  The course was long, but I think it needed to be, to really understand each other. I honestly think this has been incredibly valuable, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do this again in a couple of years time.  It is a great way to come together, and share our thoughts and experiences. – Richard

 

6/24/17 – Catholic

This course was wonderful. It guided some very important conversations about love, faith, and two families coming together. The online aspect helped my fiance and I move at a pace that was conducive to our busy schedules. We would recommend this to any couple who is getting married in the Catholic church and wants to be well prepared! – Paul & Theresa

 

6/23/17 – Catholic

This course was very helpful for us with busy schedule of working full-time. I really enjoy to taking this course, which I can be able to understand more about my fiancée. It’s also help our relationship be stronger because we spend time to talking and sharing our opinion for our future life what we like and did not like to do. I would recommend other Catholic couple to taking this course – Tyana.

 

Thank you so much for helping me is able to taking this course whenever I have time. This course was helping us for long-term relationship in our marriage. In this course, we know more about our strength and weaknesses. This course also help us can solve the problem that we has faced. I would recommend this course to any Catholic couple that they are busy with work schedule and want to have the private time to talking and praying with their fiancée – Nhut.

 

6/11/17 – Christian

Thank you for such a helpful and convenient marriage preparation course!  Before we began, the thought of a marriage preparation course was a little daunting but with the course design and the separate conversations it was easy to stay on track and we looked forward to each new conversation with each other.  Although we have been together for a long time and we know each other quite well, it was nice to set aside time to talk about each of the different topics and learn more about each other.  Thank you for offering this course, it was a perfect fit for our needs and we are now even more excited to start our future together! – Charlie and Sara

 

6/8/17 – Catholic

Thank you Reverend for this course. We found it to be very easy to follow and very informative. It really prompted some good thoughts and ideas on marriage. Thanks, – Rolf

 

This a well organized program. We both enjoyed the videos and topics. It was very thorough and thought provoking. – Katie

 

6/2/17 – Catholic

This online marriage prep course was a great way for Michael and I to get started on our journey together. It has truly opened our eyes to some things that we may not have touched on in our relationship, and it has helped us grow together as a couple. We have enjoyed the meaningful conversations and prayer that we were able to have together. The videos and discussions that we are able to participate in together were very easy to relate to. We have enjoyed the special moments we have shared together during this course, and we would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested. Although it is just an online course, you are able to better prepare for the sacrament of marriage and grow together as one. Because it is solely you and your loved one, you are able to make it more meaningful and about just the two of you. The online course was very convenient and we were able to make it flexible with our schedules. – Kellie

 

Thank you for blessing Kellie and I with the opportunity to take your marriage preparation course. It was a great way to participate in this course with our busy schedules. I felt this was a way for Kellie and I to connect on a deeper level while uncovering new things about each other. I felt our relationship with each other and with God grew greatly by being able to look into each other’s eyes and talk about our future. I really appreciated the fact that we could relate to a good amount of the information given by the videos and prayers. Being able to talk to my future wife and participate in such meaningful conversation is something I will cherish as we take the next step in our relationship. I am already looking forward to completing the six months after our wedding worksheet! Thank you Reverend for this opportunity. I will be sure to pass this course along to others who need to have a great experience as they prepare for the sacrament of marriage! – Michael

 

6/2017 – Marriage Preparation Course
I found the marriage course very interesting, and it surprised me at how enjoyable it was. Whilst my fiancee and I have had all of these discussions previously, it was important and also enjoyable to go through the chapters. Writing down our answers and convening afterwards meant that not only did we get to know each others thoughts, but also the thought process that goes into feeding back the answers – this to me was fantastic. Whilst the answers are important, it is more important for me to understand Antoinette’s thought process. I thought some of the questions were a bit repetitive, but all important in their own right. The course was long, but I think it needed to be, to really understand each other. I honestly think this has been incredibly valuable, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do this again in a couple of years time. It is a great way to come together, and share our thoughts and experiences. – Antoinette and Richard

 

6/2017 – Thank You
Thank you so much for guiding us through this marriage course as well as performing at our ceremony. We couldn’t have asked for more from Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson who taught us how to better communicate and learn from each other with his class as well as give us everything we wanted in a ceremony. We had multiple family members ask where we found him because of how perfectly he made the ceremony. He made it somehow unique and traditional. Our wedding was a perfect day and we couldn’t have had that without him. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. – Nate and Rachel

 

6/2017 – Wonderful!
This course was wonderful. It guided some very important conversations about love, faith, and two families coming together. The online aspect helped my fiance and I move at a pace that was conducive to our busy schedules. We would recommend this to any couple who is getting married in the Catholic church and wants to be well prepared! – Paul

 

6/2017 – Marriage course
Great course. – Katie and Rolf

 

5/30/17 – Basic

The course was very helpful to at least begin conversations and to learn how to have conversations that are a little tough.  We got stuck a little on the doing your part conversation but we worked through it and we are so much better for it.  There maybe somethings that we will need help with in the future, but no one ever has all the answers.  I know that whatever comes our way in life, that we will be ok.  This is a great feeling going into our wedding day.  We sent our first conversation paper to our officiant and he really liked it.  We used part of it to make write our own vows too!  Thank you Rev. Frank! – Kristen

 

Your class enabled us to talk about things, that you normally don’t discuss. I thought it made it easier with the steps to go through each topic. It was a good example to show us how to work through issues that we may encounter through our marriage. I think these tools will make us become closer together throughout the coming years. We appreciate your class to set us up for a successful marriage. – Tom

 

5/29/17 – Catholic
My experience with the workshop was great. Thanks to that it is online we could do it calmly. I was able to get to know my boyfriend a little more and understand a lot of things. I would recommend this workshop to all couples as they can do it from home and whenever they wish. – Glorimar



It was a good experience going through this preparation class. This class helped us to have a better relationship than before with no secrets and no lies. I got to know my fiance better. It was awesome for us to find this class online because we don’t live in the same country, and we could do it from home. I would recomend this class to all those couples looking forward to marriage. – Melvin

 

5/20/17 – Catholic
First off, I want to say WOW! This was something we couldn’t stop doing. We literally talked for hours, and not one point was boring, or argumentative. I thought I knew Willy, and this reassured me. I did learn a lot, like not to take his compassion for granted, and that at the end of the day, the Lord brought us together for a reason. This was by far, the best premarital course we could’ve taken. Thank you so much! – Marissa

Hi there. You really made me think. I used to think I loved Marissa, but now, I know I love Marissa. Every question had me realizing how much I love this girl She’s my soulmate. God bless you.   – Guillermo

 

5/17/17 – Basic
I enjoyed this course because it helped me understand my future husband on a more personal level than before. It also provided me with ways to deal with everyday struggles of being a married couple. Everyone goes through hardships in marriage. All that matters is how hard you work to repair them! I also liked the convenience of completing the course at home and on our own time. I would recommend this course to others because it will help them in the future with their marriage to better deal with issues that come up.  – Andrea

 

I think the online class for us taught us how to love each other more than we already do. The course taught us how to cope with future problems and how to love each other during those times was the most important to me and knowing how to handle those situations. My advice to others would be to really pay attention to the course because there is truly a lot to learn. – Eric

 

5/10/17 –  Christian
This course opened doors of communication and helped us to fill our ‘buckets’ with a new level of love, emotion, and understanding. It was helpful to us as we answered questions to go off on tangents and have side conversations and scenarios to help us understand how the other would act in a given situation. To any couples wanting to take this course, remember! Be an ‘open bucket!’   – John

 

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my future husband much more intimately during this course. We talked about things we hadn’t shared with others and are looking forward to being fully open and honest with our communication from this day forward based on how much we grew while taking this course. The course covered all of the heavy topics, some of which you have to admit we tend to avoid. This helped us to open those doors and get it out of the way. We are a stronger unit because of this course—you will be too!   – Maya

 

5/6/17  – Basic
We were a little dubious of the process, and thought that we had it all figured out because we’ve been living together for 5 years. But we definitely feel closer now than we did before we started the course, and we are much more excited– not only for our wedding, but for our marriage. Most helpful was the “Issues” session. We definitely plan to use this model in the future when we have a conflict or decision we need to make together. – Ruth

 

I wasn’t convinced we were going to learn anything about each other, and our communication has improved quite a bit from when we first started dating. However, some of the conversations had new details for each of us, and overall, it just confirmed how much we have in common, and how similar our goals are. We enjoyed making date nights out of our conversations, too. The process for conflict resolution was quite interesting, and we will definitely use that in the future.  Thank you for the great experience!  – Jed

 

5/4/17  – Christian
Thank you for this awesome course. We struggled with finding a course that we could do that would fit our hectic schedule and one that we both liked. We are so glad we participated in the e-course as it help us actually talk to one another without feeling like we were going to hurt the other’s feelings for the way we felt. It helped us work through some tough conversations and strengthen our relationship. We will definitely be recommending your course to our friends. Thank you so much!   – Abby

 

Dr. Nelson, thanks so much for this course. It helped us know and grow as a couple as our wedding day nears. We were given a lot of perspective and insight. It spurred a lot of great conversation between us. Very much appreciated.  – Jacob

 

5/3/17  – Basic
We found the course very rewarding. We have a good communicative relationship, but we still were able to find out new things about each other. We enjoyed the issues module most. I would say that we usually follow most of the items on the list, but it was helpful to lay it out and follow the full process to work on resolving our issue. I think it was helpful for us to talk through some of the issues, such as the children module, where we verbalized what values we would want to instill in our children. I would recommend this course to other couples, saying even for those couples with good communication skills the course is beneficial in exploring topics you may not have previously discussed and reviewing a helpful way to resolve issues. – Monica and Dean

 

5/2017
My experience with the workshop was great. Thanks to that it is online we could do it calmly. I was able to get to know my boyfriend a little more and understand a lot of things. I would recommend this workshop to all couples as they can do it from home and whenever they can. -Bride- “It was a good experience going through this preparation class. This class help us to be a better relationshio that we were with no secrets and no lies. I got to know my fiance better than before. It was awesome for us finding this class online because we dont live in the same country and we can do it from home. I would reccomend this class to all those couples looking forward to marry.” -Groom- – Glorimar and Melvin

 

5/2017 – Marriage course
We enjoyed this course because it helped my fiance and I understand each other on a more personal level than before. It also provided us with ways to deal with every day struggles of being a married couple. Everyone goes through hardships in marriage, all that matters is how hard you work to repair them! We also liked the convenience of completing at home on own time. We would recommend this course to others because it will help them in future with their marriage and better deal with issues that come up.– Andrea and Eric

 

5/2017 – Beyond Amazing!
As a young couple, this made us realize how much wisdom comes from within our faith. Thank you for the encouragement. We really feel as if we can conquer anything and begin our journey as a married couple. Thank you so much. – Marissa and Guillermo

 

5/2017 – Basic eCourse
Immediate access after signing up, and Rev Frank was quick to respond when contacted. Great content in the course. – Ruth and Jed

 

4/30/17 – Basic
We really enjoyed the course. Because we have busy and often conflicting work schedules, we liked how we could put down the course materials for a while then pick back up where we left off when we had time to focus on it without distraction. We had previously discussed many of the topics but we appreciated the steps the course had us go through and how to discuss them to help identify solutions. We feel like we will be going into our wedding day prepared for all of the joy and challenges that face us.  – Michelle and Kirk

 

4/30/17 – Christian
Rev. Dr. Frank, my fiancé, Preston, and I just finished your eCourse for marriage prep. It was a great experience! With the high-stress levels that we are experiencing with planning a wedding, it was nice that we were able to complete this course at our own speed. The guide was helpful, and we had some good conversations about our future lives together. Preston would like to add that he is also thankful that we were able to complete these courses in the comfort of our home. This was very helpful for overall wedding preparation. These notes will come in handy in the future, during our marriage.  – Kaitlyn and Preston

 

4/28/17  –   Christian
Dear Rev. Dr. Frank, what an enjoyable experience this process was for us! I enjoyed being able to have the conversations at our own pace and in a place that was comfortable for both of us to be in. The questions got to the heart of some topics we haven’t talked deeply about and allowed us to learn new things and to grow even more in love with each other. I would highly recommend this process to anyone who is getting married. The process encourages real conversations about issues, and potential pain points, and teaches you how to engage with each other on a more intimate level. – Kristi

 

Dear Rev. Dr. Frank, I truly had a good time with my fiancé as we went through the conversations making up the course.  It gave us a clear, straightforward, and supportive construct in which to have all the conversations that others would call tricky or confronting.  What I enjoyed most about the course was gaining a stronger sense of confidence that we will have a great marriage.  The ongoing emphasis on communication was helpful in the way it was laid out in practical and encouraging ways. I’d recommend the course to other couples by emphasizing how much fun the conversations can actually be. – Matthew

 

4/16/17  –    Basic
When we first started this training, I didn’t know how good this was going to be but seriously it exceeded my expectations. Little did I know, that this was gonna be such a rich experience. We both have enjoyed opening up and peacefully discussing all these aspects about our marriage, our family, our beliefs, etc.. which I know will help us significantly in our marriage. For me, I don’t take marriage for granted and I know that it can get really complicated when we cannot communicate effectively between each other. At this point, I will like to thank you for creating this amazing training that will help us continue doing life and help us drive ourselves to a healthy and loving marriage. Thanks Rev Frank! – Maria

 

When we first started this course i was a bit skeptical about how this would help us but after we got going i could see how this course was formatted to help us in the long run. It helped us open up about issues we both were scared to ask each other and made us better for doing so. I think these steps are helpful to enjoying long loving marriage. Doing this course has made me even more excited for marriage and prepared me to be a  better husband and partner. – Joshua

 

3/27/17  –    Christian
Dear Dr Rev Frank, this experience for us as a couple was very humbling. It was comforting being able to have these conversations with one another in the comfort of our own home. We were able to sit on our patio with a candle and a cozy setting and get deep into these conversations. Being together since High school we sure know a lot about one another, so most of conversations weren’t things we didn’t know about each other, but it brought us closer by getting to know each other deeper and hear what he or I was thinking sometimes. I feel like we really did grow as a couple, to have such a respect for each other on the way he would really get involved and answer the questions and be vulnerable even if some of the questions were hard to answer. It was also nice to have you “sort of there,” at least it felt like you were there with us answering these questions. Since we started this we have been searching for a church around here and truly enjoyed attending together. It gives us both a deeper passion for the Christian beliefs. I thank you for this opportunity on having a great program that can be done in the comfort and on our own time. Didn’t feel like so much pressure and we weren’t afraid to be honest and open. – Megan

 

This course was very enjoyable and beneficial for both Megan and I.  We were able to discuss topics that we haven’t been able to go deep in.  Megan and I have been together for a while, however, moving forward into marriage there were things we still needed to talk about as a couple. By doing that, we certainly grew together and learned more about what the other wanted out of our relationship. The guided videos and conversations were a big benefit as well.  Thank you for the opportunity to grow as a couple and for the opportunity to take this course.  – Darek

 

3/28/17  –    Christian
I would like to thank you for offering this course; it has been very helpful to our relationship. Throughout the course German and I were able to bond and listen to each other’s thoughts, ideas, and feelings. We both gained a greater understanding for one another and have more appreciation for each other. There were some topics that were much easier to talk about than others and I definitely think it is good to leave the “Issues” topic towards the end after having gone through the other exercises because it is a tough one to get through. The course was well planned out and asked questions that we had not thought about ourselves. I liked that it made us have two-way communication and that we were both engaged in the discussion. The conflict resolution was very important because we are not perfect and so learning how to handle issues that will arise is going to be very helpful in our future together. I also thought the videos helped to motivate and encourage us to keep going. It was really nice to just sit down and dedicate time to our relationship for good, productive discussions. I believe that this course will help us to have a long lasting relationship filled with love, God and family. – Jazmin and German

 

3/5/17   –    Catholic
I found this course to be an extremely helpful way to begin our marriage. I enjoyed sharing our intimate thoughts with each other in ways that we wouldn’t normally express them. The conversations brought elements of our relationship to light that we hadn’t thought to articulate. This really helped us connect on a new level. It also helped us identify potential challenges in our relationship, and strategize ways to combat these issues. We know that hardships will inevitably arise in our marriage, but we are confident in having effective tools to address them. Thank you for helping our marriage get off to the right start!  — Andrea

 

I found the course to be helpful in bringing us closer together. It helped us identify things that are problems in our relationship at the moment, and useful ways to tackle them through open and honest communication. We feel the skills learned in this course will help us be better equipped to deal with problems that come up during a long-lasting marriage. We found this course very useful. I especially enjoyed the earlier parts that helped me know what was going on in her head. — Declan

 

3/5/17  –    Catholic
Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson has delivered an extensive online class as promised. I feel like this class was a better experience than if we had gone to a physical class as it allowed us to take the time needed to answer some tough questions every couple needs to ask but is afraid to ask before they get married. This class allowed us to get everything involving marriage and possible issues down the line out of the way and in the open. It was a refreshing time spent with the soon to be Mrs. that I will never forget and keep in mind always as we journey through life together. I actually enjoyed the time set aside to not focus on anything going on with our lives and just focus on us as a couple. I found some items we have never talked about like the finance portion to be helpful.  — Nam

 

I am a shy person and I really loved the idea of discussing the issues in private. I enjoyed how the course had many sections with so many good key points to discuss. It really covered a lot of pragmatic issues a newly married couple might face in the course of their marriage. It was an intense filled week but I’m so glad my fiancé and I got to take this course together. It made me confirm the fact that I want to be with my fiancé for the rest of my life. I enjoyed the fact that going through the whole course allows us as a couple to get closer.   — Tina

 

2/26/17  –    Catholic   –  India
I am happy to say that I have completed the course. Please see the attachment for the conversation I have had with my fiancé Shyni. We really had a great time taking the conversation and we got to know more about each other. The conversations are well structured to cover all the events/issues a couple might face after marriage. It was very helpful to prepare ourselves before marriage. I would recommend this course to my friends who are engaged. My fiancé Shyni is in India and she has taken a marriage course in India. I was able to have the conversation with her via Skype.  — Kishore and Shyni

 

2/20/17  –    Catholic
We really enjoyed talking through your marriage prep course. Before starting this course, I believed my fiancé and I were very compatible. This course was really a verification for us about how we felt about each other. Our confidence in each other as a couple grew even stronger throughout this course. Even more so then before, I realized how much love and respect we have for one another. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this course. We learned a lot of similarities and differences about each other that will help in our marriage. –– Sara

 

The counseling sessions were  helpful and gave me personal insight on what to expect in our early years of marriage. I think overall it was a good exercise for us to complete as a couple because it allowed us to talk about several important issues ranging from family values to financial planning. I felt that before the course, we both had a very good understanding of what to expect from married life, but this was a great way to reinforce those feelings. — Ian

 

1/28/17  –    Christian
We both enjoyed the course tremendously. It gave us the opportunity to gain much more respect for each other by stopping and taking the time to really listen. After being together for so many years we didn’t believe that we could learn more about each other but this course proved us wrong. It was very insightful and eye opening in a very positive way. It also gave us more appreciation for our family, God, and our children. It allows us to discuss things in a neutral manner rather than just when a situation or issue presents itself. It was also a very honest approach. I feel so much more confident that this in truly the person God has chosen for me. Thank you for providing us this opportunity. I think every couple contemplating marriage should take this course. — Tracy and Angel

 

1/2617  –    Catholic
We really enjoyed how thorough the online course was. There was lots of thought and care placed into this course. It was very simple to understand and worked really well in our situation. Carolina is in a different country and this was an amazing opportunity to have a thoughtful marriage preparation Skype sessions. The prayer selections were very inspiring and helpful. We have changed tremendously over the last 3 weeks taking this course. We have realized how communication is a huge part of a successful relationship. We feel more prepared because we discussed things that we haven’t given deep thought to, like how our relationships with our parents have shaped our views on marriage. We would tell our friends that this course is an amazing way to get prepared for marriage. Especially those who may be in a long distance relationship like us. Thank you so much Rev. Frank!  — Alex and Carolina

 

1/17/17  –   Christian
My fiancé and I would like to thank you for providing such an intense online premarital counseling ecourse. We are very pleased to say that after completing all the conversations, we found out that we have the same approach on many things that we weren’t aware of before, and do look at things from the same prospective. Basically, after going through the “11 Conversations” we found out that we share so many things in common that we weren’t previously aware of. We currently live in two different states but we signed up for your ecourse and went through the entire package together following your direction in each step. We took our time answering the questions and discussing our thoughts and it was amazing how we learnt things about each other. I have attached a copy of our packages as requested.  — Thomas

 

010217  –    Catholic – Singapore
Before beginning this course, I was skeptical as to how useful such a program might be. What could a marriage preparation course actually offer that I haven’t already got? At that time I was caught up with the idea that if everything is fine, why touch it? I was shamefully quick to judge, your course gave untold thoughts and emotions a platform to be shared. As has been pointed out time and time again, this conversational method offers a safe channel for sharing one’s feelings. I’m thankful for what this course has given us as a couple as well as individually. I certainly made some realizations about myself during this course. Thank you. — Anthony

 

This course has been enlightening for us as a couple. We’ve lived together for a while with our lives being pretty much inseparable at this stage, and have discussed and talked about most things quite thoroughly already. Yet, there were still some chapters like about ‘faith’ that I was surprised to find that I had no idea what his response would be. In particular, it helped me gain a deeper insight as well into his childhood and ideas of family and faith, and how it differs from my own. Some of the questions felt repeated or somewhat confusing to answer, but as a whole, they were well-designed and revealing. I’d highly recommend any couple to go through this course before marriage, no matter how well you think you know your partner. The effort you’ve put into designing this course is much appreciated; it is truly a necessity for marriage preparation! — Gloria

 

1/28/17  –    Christian
Dear Rev. Frank, I have really enjoyed this class. There were so many eye opening “ah-ha” moments where things really clicked. First and foremost I am now a WE and no longer just an I and to always ask myself how my actions can affect us. I also liked the concept of the conversation bucket. To listen with open ears and an open heart and not get defensive. The tools to do this and structure around issue management will be lifelong friends in my relationship. I truly feel that this course will help Jason and I have a stronger more loving marriage. I liked the breakdown of each issue/phase and thought they opened up conversations we had not yet had. The online course was very user friendly and I really enjoyed talking it through with Jason. I would strongly recommend that other couples take the online course. Thank you for all your help and insights!  — Sarah

 

I appreciate the opportunity to work with my lifelong partner through this course. The exercises were very helpful and the questions were insightful. We had many excellent conversations stimulated by doing these exercises. The advice given in the “rules for resolving conflicts” is invaluable and provides a guideline for life-long conflict resolution.  — Jason

 

1/17/17  –    Christian
Good Morning Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson,
My fiancé and I would like to thank you for providing such an intense online premarital counseling ecourse. We are very pleased to say that after completing all the conversations, we found out that we have the same approach on many things that we weren’t aware of before, and do look at things from the same prospective. Basically, after going through the “1o Conversations” we found out that we share so many things in common that we weren’t previously aware of. We currently live in two different states but we signed up for your ecourse and went through the entire package together following your direction in each step. We took our time answering the questions and discussing our thoughts and it was amazing how we learned things about each other. I have attached a copy of our packages as requested. — Tom and Wafaa

 

11/30/16  –    Catholic
Dearest Rev. Frank, We are writing this brief thank you letter to you for your online Marriage Preparation course. We have been together over 17 years and now that we are having our marriage blessed at our church, one of the tasks we had to do was to complete the marriage preparation course. We were relieved to be introduced to your online course as we both have a very busy schedule. We were able to do the conversations and review the videos at our own time. One of the things that stood out to both of us is that we had to take our time to complete the conversations in writing. Having had to do this in writing forced us to take time out of our busy schedule and dedicate time on the questions that were being asked on the different conversations. After having to write our responses for each other we had a chance to go back and re-read what we each said to each other. This was very important to us because sometimes verbal communication can be so hard after 17 years of being together and having had 3 kids together. We hope that our church and many other churches will have the opportunity to share your course with many other couples that are trying to have their marriage blessed by their church. We thank you Rev. Frank for making this possible for us. Sincerely.    — Nancy and Andy

 

11/30/16  –    Catholic
Thank you for such an amazing experience!  Even though you were not with us physically, you definitely had a positive impact on us spiritually and emotionally. Although we have had some of these conversations before, this program allowed us to clear the air completely and allow us to bring new meaning to “open and honest.” My favorite parts were the prayers at the end of each section. For me, it reminded us to always keep God first in our lives and I truly feel ready to marry the love of my life!   — Joshua

 

During this marriage program, I discovered a lot of feelings that I didn’t know I had in me. I always knew Josh was the one for me, but doing these activities helped me see just how much he has done for me and for our future. I enjoyed taking time from our busy schedules to simply talk about us. It was very helpful to talk about the emotions we have for each other and being able to express them and address them, even the ones that had been avoided. This marriage program allowed me to understand that I am indeed ready for marriage because it opened my eyes to how powerful we truly are as a couple. We are both willing to make sacrifices in order to better our future, and we can talk about anything, whether it be good or bad, and get to the root of it without digging ourselves into a deeper argument, but rather learning from it.   — Dayanelie

 

11/18/16  –    Basic
On a personal note, I just have to say how much we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of completing the worksheets, sharing our answers with each other and engaging in the conversations outlined in the coursework. Admittedly, we were complete skeptics when we signed up for the course and started this process. We consider communication to be one of the key aspects of our relationship and after having put a great deal of thoughtful contemplation into our decision to get married we were sure that there was nothing for us to gain through watching a few online videos and filling out some worksheets. To say that we were pleasantly surprised by how valuable, useful and enjoyable the experience actually turned out to be is an understatement. Thankfully, the coursework confirmed for us that we are generally on the same page in most areas and that we share very similar worldviews. What was even more exciting of a revelation though was how we were able to find common ground in the few areas that we know we tend to disagree on. We discovered that our respective opinions on those topics aren’t actually that far off from one another. The whole exercise made me even more confident in our relationship and affirmed that our marriage is destined for success. I think that having had these conversations in preparation for our wedding will make what was sure to be a momentous occasion as it was even that much more special and for that I am truly grateful. Thank you for facilitating such a meaningful experience! With kind regards, — Katie and Andrew

 

11/15/16  –    Basic
Rev. Dr Frank Nelson, the experience we both had going through your program was amazing. It talked about issues we both hadn’t discussed and made sense to ask. We both have children from past marriages and I think that was one of the most important conversations my fiancé and I have had in a long time about addressing the children. It also made us open our eyes on our faith and where has it gone. We both are Christian but rarely attend church, but for me, I think it is important for both us to continue to go and trust the the Lord comes first. Also, I have forgotten to pray for others and with this course it all came back to me the importance of prayer. To our experience I would recommend this course to all couples getting married because it talks about issues you might not have brought up with each other. Thanks Rev for this course completely love it. Thanks a million   — Rebecca and Guillermo

 

10/30/16  –    Basic
Dear Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson, thank you so much for making this marriage preparation course available online as an E-Course. My fiancé and I really enjoyed the guided conversations on a range of topics that helped us to explore topics, which even after 6 years in a committed relationship we had not fully discussed. We went into this course with the overwhelmed feelings associated with planning all the wedding details; however, we finished the course with a renewed sense of purpose for our lasting commitment to one another. The session focused on issue/argument resolution was the aspect of the course that we found most immediately useful. Though many of the rules and guidelines seemed straight forward, it is remarkable how quickly they can be forgotten in the heat of an argument. We appreciate the strategy for calmly resolving conflicts that will arise in our life as a married couple. We would recommend this course to any couple planning a marriage as a means of exploring topics that may not have been discussed in your relationship and learning tools for continued marital happiness. The online convenience is a major advantage to couples with unusual schedules or in long distance relationships. Thank you for your work and guidance for so many engaged couples, including us. Thank you.  — Kellie & T.J.

 

8/31/16  –    Christian
First, I would like to thank you for making this course available. My fiancé was a bit uncomfortable with seeing someone because he felt that it would cause issues instead of help us. So he was on board due to the privacy that comes along with this online course. Although we feel like we do a pretty good job communicating with each other, it was helpful to have these conversations and really lay all of our feelings and thoughts out on the table. We were able to get a clear understanding of how to handle issues we have faced and may face later in our relationship. It also just cemented a lot of what we already knew about each other and outlined discussions we’ve previously had. Made us to feel good to be on the same page about majority of the discussions. All in all, this brought us closer and opened up our line of communication even more. I would definitely recommend this course to other couples because it’s important to have this dialog before you make a life-long commitment to one another. Love is great, but it isn’t enough. This will help you set goals and make realistic plans for your marriage.  — Stephanie

 

8/30/16  –    Catholic
I wanted to first thank you for providing us with a convenient and educational course for us to complete, it really helps being that our schedules are very busy. The videos were very informative, especially the one with the couple who have done the class. It’s nice to get the opinion of someone who has already gone through it. What I really enjoyed were the worksheets. The questions that we were asked allowed us to express ourselves to one another in ways we have not done before. For instance, I know that Aneta loves me and wants to be with me but when I read her answers as to what attracted her to me or to why it’s important for us to have a family, I teared up. I believe this class has given us the chance of reminding us even more why we love each other so much. Once again, thank you for this opportunity.    — Chris

 

Thanks to this marriage preparation course, we’ve enhanced our strengths, clarified expectations, identified areas needing change, learned and practiced communication as well as conflict resolution skills, and developed more emotional intimacy. The videos were very convenient to watch and not long at all.  The question we answered brought up good memories of when we first started dating. This course allowed us to make some time that was dedicated to us only. We had a romantic dinner with candles and music and after that we would cuddle up and answer our questions. We’re very thankful that Rev. Frank created a course like this for couples like us!   — Aneta

 

8/26/16  –    Christian
I found the class to be particularly enjoyable because I found the questions around the topics surprisingly helpful. Jordan and I are very open with one another, so starting the course, I was not sure there were going to be any topics or questions we had not already discussed. I was pleasantly surprised that was not the case at all. We had some very interesting and enlightening conversations with one another and I am grateful I learned about us prior to our marriage. I feel great about our goals in the first few years of our marriage and more confident that we understand each of our worries and excitements about one another.  — Alexis

 

It was great getting to set aside this time with Alexis to be able to discuss these important topics before we get married. I am not sure if we would have discussed these topics independently. I was also impressed with the course set-up in general. Taking the course online, I thought we may be limited to listening to lectures that did not really engage us. What we received from this course was just the opposite. We discussed topics that all couples should talk through. I enjoyed the interaction with Alexis and will always remember some of her answers to these questions which either surprised me or made me even more excited for our upcoming wedding.    — Jordan

 

8/10/16  –    Catholic
I enjoyed the course. It really brought to sight the important conversations that we needed to have before we get married in the Catholic church.  I loved the easiness and convince of it being online and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. The conversations we had while answering the questions together were very meaningful and a good way to bring up topics we were both afraid to talk about before. It opened my mind to how he is feeling, how I can better wife to him and how we can both grow together in God. Though his answers written weren’t much, he did open up in conversation when we were talking, and that really meant a lot to me. I am very thankful we found this program and were able to complete it on our own time.  — Katie

 

I found the course to be helpful. The fact that it is online made it easy to use and we were able to do it at our own pace. I also liked doing the majority of the papers separate and then talking about it. I don’t really talk about feelings and such as much as I probably should but this forced me to and it gave me some insight into how to be a better husband and father someday. While not as personal as a face to face with a counselor or someone from the church, the fact that it was only Katie and I allowed it to be more personal between us. I also enjoyed the videos that went along with us and guided us in the right direction just in case we got off topic. Overall, this course is a great option for people who are short of time or who don’t have many other options. I would recommend this to my military friends who need something similar any day.   — Bret

 

8/8/16  –    Christian
I enjoyed getting to spend time talking to Jake about different things through this course and spending time engaging in conversation.   It was nice to hear the things we thought of each other (first exercise) and what made us fall for each other.  I think this course helped us deepen our bond and made us even more excited to get married.  I think the most helpful exercise was the issues one as it allowed us to talk about an issue in a different way and come to a good conclusion on how to tackle our house projects and both be on the same page. I would recommend this course to others as it does provide a good guide for conversations all couples should have.  John and I had talked about most of the things in the exercises already but it was nice to talk about them even further.   — Bridget

 

I enjoyed the class as a whole.  I think it has and will continue to help us through our marriage.  We had talked about a lot of the topics before this.  With this class it helped us discuss the topics in a deeper and more meaningful conversation. I do feel this has brought us closer.  It gave us more useful tools to help keep us a stronger couple. I would recommend this class to couples who want to learn more about each other along with couples who are about to get married.   — John

 

8/8/16  –    Catholic

First of all we would like to thank you for this amazing journey through this course. We’ve been together for 8 years, and this course touches certain points, which in those years we haven’t been talked. So overall it’s been amazing having those conversations and when we completed them now, we feel better bonded with each other. We will definitely recommending it to our friends. Thank you. — Teisutis

 

8/3/16  –    Catholic

As we began our search for a marriage preparation course, we heard from several people how they felt, going in, that they weren’t going to benefit from it much, but were so pleasantly surprised when they learned so much and felt great about the experience.  Having completed your online course, I feel no differently.  I wasn’t sure what we would learn, after being together for nine years, but it was more about creating the time, opportunity, and safe space to have these conversations where you get the chance to say things to your partner that you might not otherwise.  Writing down specific words about how we feel about them now, what we thought of them when we met, and what we hope for our future, was a nice chance to press the pause button in the stressful world of wedding planning and focus on what matters, each other.  The discussions about household chores and expectations was helpful, as was the issue resolution talk.  We came away agreeing on two specific tools we could use to manage our conflict, and we look forward to checking in with each other on our designated date we set to see how we are doing compared to our goals.  This course was a great chance to slow down, talk to each other deliberately about important things, while using a guide to direct our conversation in constructive ways.  I highly recommend it to any one preparing for marriage.   — Rebecca

 

I found working through the Online Marriage Preparation course very fun and helpful.  It was a valuable use of time to be able to go over the important topics covered with Rebecca, as well as be able to work through parts of the material independently.  I think that the prescribed mix of PARTner work in self-reflection was spot on and really helped to facilitate meaningful conversation.  We are both very busy and I found it very helpful that the course was self-guided and allowed us some flexibility in our schedule that some of the weekend courses didn’t allow for.  The videos were also very helpful, listening to your guidance as well as the experience of other couples who have worked through the program together reinforced the material for us.  The most fun part of the course was going back in time to when we first met and remembering the initial impressions we made on each other.  Our courtship has been much longer than the average and I felt it was very important to relive those memories, as well as see how we’ve changed together over the years.  Thank you for putting this program together, I know it will be a great help to us and every other couple that works through the course.   — Spenser

 

6/26/16  –    Catholic    

We finished the class and enjoyed it so much! We were able to talk about all the topics with an open heart and mind. We truly enjoyed communicating. It was a fabulous experience!!!!  We enjoyed the class and all the discussions. We truly found it enjoyable and enlightening to discuss the topics covered in the course. Most we had already discussed but we were able to sit down and really focus and listen to each other’s hearts talk. I highly recommend this course and love the format. It was easy to access online and with the downloadable pdf files. Thanks so much for your help and constant communication.  — Abella & Josh

 

6/13/16  –    Catholic

It was deep and talked about topics that I think are essential to the foundation  of marriage. I liked the conversations and the prayers together. It was very detailed and at the same time simple to understand. Through the conversations, I felt closer to Mike. It gave me the opportunity to find out for example what issues were important to him, what he thought I should improve. I also liked the fact that the broad family (parents) was discussed. I definitely felt stronger coming out of the experience, knowing that I have the tools to start a healthy marriage life and live in accordance to Jesus love with my husband and children. I think this is a great experience that every couple should go through! Thanks for putting together the course online. God bless you!  — Rosiane

 

Thank you very much for this fantastic program. I must confess it helped me a great deal, I learnt so much more about myself, my wife and the various circumstances surrounding our future family. — Michael

 

6/9/16  –    Catholic

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for the class. After going through the first hour I knew that the interaction between us was already improving. Being in different parts of the state I live in Northern California and my fiancé lives in southern California, in combination with differing work schedules and demands made the online option very convenient. The videos were very informative and intimate conversation starters! Only one of us was raised Catholic and therefore exposed to these topics more frequently and in more depth. Now that we are pursuing a sacramental wedding and marriage, this course encouraged us to explore and discuss these topics on a deeper level together. Would definitely recommend this course to others.  Thank you!  — Flavia

 

Thank you for your course. The sections on finance and conflict resolution were the most helpful for us. We had not talked about those two issues much before this course. It will be nice to refer back to our answers later in our marriage, especially when we do the guided conversations you have provided when 6 months after our wedding day and on each of our anniversaries. — Michael

 

5/27/16  –    Catholic

While working on the guided conversations, Josh and I were able to be open with each other in a way we never were before. This course really brought us closer together. The issues and resolving conflicts conversation really got us to be more open about things that have been truly bothering us. We hope to continue to use the guided conversations to help us with any issues/conflicts we may have in the future. At first we were very skeptical about the course, but as we continued to work through the guided conversations, we became more open and emotional with one another. We can fully say that this course has brought us closer together and made us a stronger couple. — Carissa

 

5/18/16  –    Christian
My experience: Taking this course was a very enlightening and wonderful experience. My fiancé and I had a great time and felt as if this course allowed us to grow closer together and closer to God. We journeyed through various parts of our lives before and since meeting each other, and were also able to lay out hopes, dreams, and plans for our future together. This course was an amazing experience. I feel blessed not only to have taken it, but also because I now have a greater appreciation for my fiancé and a deeper understanding of our commitment to one another as we begin our marriage.    Brian

 

Her experience: This pre-marriage counseling was a really great chance for my husband-to-be and myself to grow as a couple as we prepare for our marriage. We were both able to reflect on our families of origin and our upbringing. We were also able to bring our understanding of what life, love, family, and so many other topics are to a conversation with one another to understand what we want the future to hold and have a discussion about what God’s role will play in our marriage. This course was a blessing and I know it will have a significant positive impact on my husband and I as we begin our marriage!   Ashley

 

April 24/16  –    Basic
Rev. Frank, I just wanted to say thank you so much for this wonderful course. Kaitlin and I just finished it up yesterday and were extremely satisfied with the outcome. I’m not gonna lie, when I first started the course I didn’t know what to expect and probably didn’t take it entirely serious. The more it went on I felt like we shared conversations we don’t normally have and it opened up new dialogue between us. It was extremely helpful in getting us to talk about things we don’t normally communicate or have even thought about engaging in a conversation about. These lessons were very beneficial to the start of our marriage and we will make sure to comeback to the final worksheets on our anniversary and during our marriage. Thanks again for everything!  Nick

 

Nick and I thoroughly enjoyed taking your pre marriage course. It allowed the two of us to discuss topics  that usually wouldn’t come up in everyday conversation. I was very impressed with the layout of the course. We enjoyed sharing and listening to each other’s responses to the questions outlined within the course. I believe this course has helped open our relationship and learn even more about each other. The techniques and information taught within your course has strengthened and guided us to a great start in our new journey of marriage with one another. Kaitlin

 

3/28/16  –    Basic

Between starting a new job and my fiancé applying to medical school, finding the time and money to go to a marriage counselor or workshop was pretty tough. Luckily, we were able t find the online marriage preparation eCourse and I’m so thankful we did! It was an amazing experience to get to go out to dinner or have a quiet night in and go over our conversations. Thank you so much for this enlightening and educational course. It will help us for years to come!   Maja

 

I highly recommend this course for busy couples who are unable to schedule time to do in-person marriage prep. While my fiancé was pretty resistant to the idea of any marriage prep course, it was important to me, so he agreed to do it. The course was very thorough and we had some very good conversations come out of it. Thank you!    Anna

 

3/7/16  –    Catholic

Rev. Frank’s marriage prep eCourse was such a great experience. I found myself in deep personal reflection at times, and could not wait to share with my wife. I felt that these conversations not only served the purpose of addressing very important topics related to our future in marriage, but also definitely brought us together. In a way, I feel that approaching our marriage prep through this eCourse at our own pace was potentially more effective than the traditional guided retreat-style courses, because we were really able to have these conversations at our own pace. Many of the questions brought up in these courses led to other important conversations that we really appreciated. I’d recommend this course to anyone! Joseph

 

I really enjoyed your marriage preparation classes!! When I first glanced at it my initial thought was that these were very “easy” and common questions but when I actually started working on it – it really made me reflect on each question! My favorite part was sharing my answers with Joseph! Often times I would find myself sharing even more than I had written down just from thoughts that came up in the moment – that was so special! I really liked the layout of the classes – such a great and effective way to really get couples to put their own thoughts on paper and then being able to communicate that to each other. The order of the themes made so much sense. Thank you!  Norma

 

2/22/16  –    Basic

I truly enjoyed taking the course. As an introverted person who has trouble verbally expressing his feelings, it is always a good exercise for me to explore my thoughts and write them down. I feel that discussing the course material with Rosie increased our bond and forced us to discuss topics that needed to be addressed. I am glad we took your course and will recommend it to others. Thank you! -Jeffery

 

I found the online marriage preparation convenient and easy to use. The conversations were meaningful and helpful for us to explore the topics in depth. By completing the course we are better prepared for marriage through discussing the big issues ahead of time. It was fun, emotional and difficult to have the conversations. The online inventory was great, easy to do and gave a lot of good information. The lesson on how to fight has already been useful for us to use in our daily lives.  Rosalie

 

Wow, Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson! Your session is like a superior coaching session to perform at maximum level in our relationship and marriage!! We were a little intimidated when we started this adventure. Would we find out we’re not as compatible as we think we are? Would we discover issues we couldn’t overcome? WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. Your course hit on so many topics that we hadn’t considered, but it was not scary or intimidating. We are absolutely delighted to have had the privilege to participate in this course and we’re looking forward to using your suggestions for any issues in the future. Thank you so much for offering such an amazing – and convenient – course.  Rebecca

 


We sincerely enjoyed the guided discussions throughout this course and are pleased to announce that we have successfully completed all of them.  Kevin and I have agreed that we went into this course expecting minimal change and came out with an entirely new understanding of what we want and need for our marriage and for each other!  This course was fun and had a lot of discussions that honestly, we probably would never have had prior to marriage.  I will definitely be recommending this course to future friends and family who plan on marriage in hopes that they can come out of this experience happy and ready for their future just as we are.  Thank you so very much!  Sincerely, Allyson and Kevin

 


 

I really enjoyed the online conversation which helped us to be more personal. We both enjoyed working through each session on our own in our own surroundings. We did these sessions whenever we had time. I found these sessions brought us together closely. This course taught me to be patient with my parter, because he will work it out in the end. The online was very helpful. It was easy to follow and fun to work with. Thanks.    Daniel

 


 

I really like the course and felt it helped me understand my future bride. Communication between us is easier after the course, and it was easy to follow the course guidelines in doing it step-by-step.  Seth

 


 

Thank you for helping us throughout the pre-marital counseling process. I admit I was apprehensive about this at first. I knew it was important to do, but didn’t know what to expect. It definitely helped us to re-affirm our love and express it openly. It also helped us establish a standard for open communication in our relationship. I’m not the most forthright and outspoken person, so having an established, guided process was very valuable.I think the digital component of TalkPoints is a great idea. People may feel like they’re too busy to do pre-marital counseling, and I think this digital version is perfect for couples who think they don’t have time, or maybe are uncomfortable having a third party present. I believe everybody should do pre-marital counseling, and this digital version will make it so much easier to commit to. Thanks for all your help and guidance throughout this process.  Amy

 


 

I have loved this course and found myself looking forward to each of our sessions at home. It was special because we so rarely take time to focus on our relationship. The digital option was wonderful. It’s nice to have an “on the go” option so accessible that we could do it anywhere and anytime. I will and have highly recommended this program to friends and newly engaged. Thank you again for this experience. It has greatly strengthened our relationship and helped us prepare for marriage.


 

Between starting a new job and my fiance applying to medical school, finding the time and money to go to a marriage counselor or workshop was pretty tough. Luckily, we were able t find the online marriage preparation eCourse and I’m so thankful we did! It was an amazing experience to get to go out to dinner or have a quiet night in and go over our conversations. Thank you so much for this enlightening and educational course. It will help us for years to come!   Maja


 

I highly recommend this course for busy couples who are unable to schedule time to do in-person marriage prep. While my fiancé was pretty resistant to the idea of any marriage prep course, it was important to me, so he agreed to do it. The course was very thorough and we had some very good conversations come out of it. Thank you!    Anna


Rev. Frank’s marriage prep eCourse was such a great experience. I found myself in deep personal reflection at times, and could not wait to share with my wife. I felt that these conversations not only served the purpose of addressing very important topics related to our future in marriage, but also definitely brought us together. In a way, I feel that approaching our marriage prep through this eCourse at our own pace was potentially more effective than the traditional guided retreat-style courses, because we were really able to have these conversations at our own pace. Many of the questions brought up in these courses led to other important conversations that we really appreciated. I’d recommend this course to anyone!    Joseph


I really enjoyed your marriage preparation classes!! When I first glanced at it my initial thought was that these were very “easy” and common questions but when I actually started working on it – it really made me reflect on each question! My favorite part was sharing my answers with Joseph! Often times I would find myself sharing even more than I had written down just from thoughts that came up in the moment – that was so special! I really liked the layout of the classes – such a great and effective way to really get couples to put their own thoughts on paper and then being able to communicate that to each other. The order of the themes made so much sense. Thank you!     Norma


Overall, I enjoyed the course and think that Nate and I learned a lot about ourselves as well as each other while completing it. While we had already discussed some of the topics that were brought up, it had been a while and it was very helpful to talk about them again. The course also caused us to dive deeper into some of the topics that we have not talked much about, such as finances. I like how the course had us looking to the future. We have always talked about the short term but never really considered things such as parenting roles. With our crazy schedules it’s easy to cut phone conversations or video chats short and doing this course allowed us to have dedicated time to talk and catch up on things, which I really enjoyed. We realized how important it is for us to continue to make this time for communicating, especially if we end up in a long distance relationship for the beginning of our marriage. I would definitely recommend this course to others, especially those with busy schedules like we have. Between Nate and I both being physicians and the crazy hours that comes with residency plus the fact we live in different states, it was impossible for us to do a course together. This course allowed us to have the important conversations we needed to have before marriage but without having to be together to do it.    Alyssa


From a global perspective, I believe the course asked many of the questions that should be thought of and discussed between two individuals entering into marriage. While I have always believed that Alyssa and I were strong in communication and talk of the future, the course truly reiterated that. Upon reading and thinking about many of the questions it became readily apparent that Alyssa and I had spoken about a significant majority of them at some or multiple points in time. Never the less, it was nice to revisit those questions and also new ones in a more concise manner closer to the date of our wedding. It enabled us to reassess our short, mid and long-term goals individually and as a couple and discuss any changes we had made or considered making. On an individual level, it was a pleasant reflection on all of Alyssa’s qualities that I fell in love with and a reminder of how important each and every one is to me. I couldn’t be any more blessed and thankful to have her as my wife and share in our lives together. This course would certainly be a wise recommendation for any couple considering or preparing for marriage. As described previously, it enables the couple to ask important questions of themselves, of their partner and as a couple. It fosters deeper thinking on topics that may not have been conceived or spoken of prior to the course; topics that serve as the foundation of a long and successful marriage. In doing so, the lines of communication are opened and each partner can freely express his or her feelings. Ultimately allowing a deeper more united bond.         Nate


What did I enjoy most? I enjoyed setting aside time to talk about a variety of subjects with Kristi that we normally wouldn’t approach in day-to-day conversation. I feel that each conversation (even the more tense subjects; perhaps even the tense subjects in particular) made us closer, which is a nice thing to be able to do after being together for five years and knowing each other for 13 years. What was most helpful? I would say that the Resolving Issues worksheet was a great help to us. I was a bit hesitant after you said in the video that it “works every time,” but I truly think that it’s a great way for us to hear each other and come to a useful compromise. I foresee us using it again if necessary. How have I changed? I’ve never been to therapy before but I believe these worksheets felt similar. They gave me a chance to think about things I hadn’t thought about in a long time and they gave me a better understanding of myself and Kristi. How has it made me feel more prepared for marriage? Due to that understanding that I mentioned above, I think that I can go into marriage with a much clearer mind where I can more easily grasp Kristi’s needs. What would I say to friends to recommend this course to them? I’d definitely recommend this to friends who are engaged or who have already been married for some time. It’s a very helpful tool for understanding your partner and relationship.


What did you enjoy most? I enjoyed each of the guided conversations that we had; just the two of us, focusing on each other without distractions. The worksheets provided wonderful structure that led to fruitful conversations. I also enjoyed taking the couple checkup and discussing the results. What was most helpful? The issues worksheet was the most helpful aspect of the course for me. A few issues about expectations for our wedding day arose when we discussed the wedding day worksheet and we were both feeling upset. This was excellent timing, because we were able to problem solve these issues in an efficient and caring way that made us feel even closer together and stronger with the guidance of the worksheet. We agreed that we would use the issue worksheet as a tool to guide to work out our conflicts in the future. I feel very grateful for this new method of conflict resolution. I also found the finances worksheet to be very helpful and practical. I knew that we needed to discuss our finances and how we would combine our economic resources, but we had been procrastinating on this. The finances conversation helped us focus and construct a plan. How have you changed? I learned something very important from the Rules for Resolving Conflicts that I was missing before. When we discussed conflicts in the past, my goal was to try to communicate my point effectively to my partner. From session three I learned that during an issues conversation my primary job is to understand and be an expert on how my partner’s thinks and feels about the issue. I think I have become a more compassionate listener. How has it made you feel more prepared for marriage? I feel more prepared for marriage because we have discussed some major life topics including faith, children, finances, and our parents in great depth. While we had discussed these topics previously, I’m more confident than ever that we are on the same page. Also the issues conversation format made us feel stronger and confident in our ability to solve problems. Also it was joyful to realize how excited we both are to grow together as one over time. What would you say to friends and family to recommend the course? I am very thankful that my fiancé and I had the opportunity to participate in Rev. Frank’s premarital counseling online course. It was a wonderful learning opportunity, the course brought us even closer together, and we had fun together in the process.


What I enjoyed most about the course was the flexibility to tailor it to our busy schedules. We found the conversations to be very helpful to start talking about important topics that surface in a marriage. It was a nice guide to open up communication between the two of us on topics we had only briefly talked about before and it allowed us a much more in-depth understanding. We would recommend this class to other engaged couples because it gives you the tools you need to create an open and comfortable environment to communicate with each other, at your convenience.


What I enjoyed most about the course were the guided conversations. We didn’t realize how many other things were brought up during our conversations that were extremely helpful to talk about when planning our future together. We also very much liked the integration of videos from other speakers and hope that you add more in the future. I would tell other couples that this was a very reasonable and accessible course for busy couples or couples who are long distance.


We found this e-course to be very helpful. It was a great way to re-connect and be very open with one another. It was a great course to set us up on a lifetime of positive communication through our marriage. Thank you, Rev. Nelson


We found the eCourse to be extremely valuable to us. We really wanted to do some type of pre-marital counseling but we have a fairly busy and hectic lifestyle and the thought of a weekend retreat was not very appealing to us. The eCourse allowed us to work at our own pace and work through the modules when we had time to actually sit down and discuss the issues. As for the content, we didn’t really know what to expect but the eCourse modules address all the big factors and conversations that should be discussed before getting married. We especially found the Religion module to be useful as the two of us are complete opposites in our views and beliefs. The module allowed us to have a difficult conversation but to discuss it in a respectful manner and we were able to provide insight into how we truly felt. I am very happy with the results of this conversation and I feel like it really set the stage for how we will act and behave toward religion in the future! Overall this is an excellent course and I feel like although neither of us is perfect, and we didn’t agree on everything, we now have the right tools to continue to openly discuss any issues that may come up when we are married! Thank you very much! –David & Nicole


I truly enjoyed taking the course. As an introverted person who has trouble verbally expressing his feelings, it is always a good exercise for me to explore my thoughts and write them down. I feel that discussing the course material with Rosie increased our bond and forced us to discuss topics that needed to be addressed. I am glad we took your course and will recommend it to others. Thank you! Jeffery


I found the online marriage preparation convenient and easy to use.
The conversations were meaningful and helpful for us to explore the topics in depth. By completing the course we are better prepared for marriage through discussing the big issues ahead of time. It was fun, emotional and difficult to have the conversations. The online inventory was great, easy to do and gave a lot of good information. The lesson on how to fight has already been useful for us to use in our daily lives. The course does have some religious elements, which was hard for my atheist partner. I still found those conversations interesting and useful for us to have. Thanks! Rosalie


The course was a godsend because receiving premarital counseling was a high priority for me. However we live in San Diego and needed counseling based in Minnesota which is where we will be getting married. The online course format was perfect for us because we could participate in counseling remotely from San Diego. Initially I was hesitant that we would be missing something by not meeting in person with a counselor, but I felt that we both received a great deal from the course. In fact, I felt my fiancé and I shared more with each other than we would have if we would have met with a counselor in person.


Although we didn’t meet Rev. Frank in person because we are living in San Diego, I feel that he is a kind and caring person and an excellent teacher. Rev. Frank was very considerate and checked in with us over email. He accommodated our travel schedule to ensure that we would receive our premarital counseling certification.


We took the Christian format of the course. I am Catholic and my fiancé is not religious, and this format worked very well for us because we both appreciated the spiritual aspects.


I feel very blessed to have taken part in Rev. Frank’s premarital counseling course with my fiancé. The course fee was the most valuable use of money from our wedding budget.


Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful online pre-cana class. We have such hectic lives and this online course provided us with more flexibility to fit the classes and conversations into our life. The conversations were a great experience for us. Although we have discussed each of these sections at some point in our relationship, it was nice to go back and discuss them again and (some) in even more detail. We’ve been together for almost three years now, but have known each other for over 10 years. Even through all that time, it was nice to have such candid conversations about our life together, our hopes and our dreams. Sometimes life can create distractions or you can get very comfortable and forget about some of the basics, so this was a great opportunity for us to have those conversations, just with each other, in the privacy of our own home.


I would recommend this online course to anyone considering marriage. We both genuinely enjoyed the process and realized this was the first time we’d held hands together and prayed silently for the same thing. The Leisure and Work conversation along with the Issues conversation were both very helpful for us to bring our thoughts to the front line on where we are now and where we want to be. We both know that marriage is a life-long commitment and that it will take work and teamwork. Marriage isn’t always easy, but having an opportunity to sit down and truly discuss these items made us both realize that we’re fully committed to each other and the family we hope to be starting. This was a great course that we would recommend to anyone, even if they’ve already been married. It’s helpful. It’s informative. But more importantly, having the questions on paper in front of you makes them come to the surface. Thank you, Daniel & Jacquelyn


We sincerely enjoyed the guided discussions throughout this course and are pleased to announce that we have successfully completed all of them. Kevin and I have agreed that we went into this course expecting minimal change and came out with an entirely new understanding of what we want and need for our marriage and for each other! This course was fun and had a lot of discussions that honestly, we probably would never have had prior to marriage. I will definitely be recommending this course to future friends and family who plan on marriage in hopes that they can come out of this experience happy and ready for their future just as we are. Thank you so very much!


I highly recommend this course for busy couples who are unable to schedule time to do in-person marriage prep. While my fiancé was pretty resistant to the idea of any marriage prep courses, it was important to me, so he agreed to do it. The course was very thorough and we had some very good conversations come out of it. Thank you!


I found the conversations enjoyable and easy to do. We have been dating for over 6 years, so we found that we have discussed these conversations in the past, but it was really nice to bring them up closer to the time of our wedding. Personally, I enjoyed hearing my fiancé talk about his family and what he would like to take from his parents as we start our own family. I also liked that we were able to sit down with the two of us and spend quality time together in deep discussion. Sometimes we get caught up in busy lives preparing for our wedding, so it was nice to take a break. Thanks for offering this course! – Elizabeth


We have talked about these topics in the past, but as we get closer to our big day it is exciting to see that our opinions have not changed. I thought the conversation about faith was very interesting because we both want God to be a big part in our relationship and that was extremely encouraging to hear. I felt through this process it allowed us to open up more about some of the difficult topics and really engage. I appreciate you guiding us smoothly into the beginning of our married lives. – Jeff


We both truly enjoyed the prep course. We knew we were close already and we pretty well had everything covered but this prep coarse brought to life things we never thought of, brought us even closer and showed us that even though we pretty well had it covered there are areas that we could always improve in. It caused us to stop and think, and enjoy the time together discussing things that are all very important to the structure and the life of our marriage. This course has been a great starting point for many conversations we haven’t had. I truly enjoyed taking the time to write down my answers and then sit together in a personal setting and share. It has helped us identify strengths as well as places where we can grow. Thank you for your help and guidance. The questions are very well worded and we also enjoyed the videos that went along with them. Thank you again for providing us with an experience and time that will better our marriage and help us to continue to grow together. Leslie


I want to thank you for putting this teaching course together. It has guided Lesley and me thru many conversations that are important for married couples to have talked about. Even though we had touched on many of the issues/topics, it was helpful to have guided conversations through critical questions and well thought out answers. You are very good at what you do – you understand people and make them feel like you truly care about the well being of their lives together. I am confident that you are a part of the reason that many couples who went through this course are able to resolve issues in a productive way. Thank you, Sincerely, Charlie


Dear Rev. Frank, I enjoyed having to discuss certain issues that we might not have otherwise. I was going into this course thinking that we weren’t going to benefit much because we have been together for 13 years. Our discussions will be very helpful in our relationship. I feel that this course has been beneficial. Kelli


Dear Rev. Frank, I’m glad we took this course, because we had an open discussion on things we need to improve on. How to be open and honest with each other. Also, how patience, understanding and having an open mind will help us endure through good times and bad. Thank you. Curt


I really enjoyed your online marriage preparation course. What I enjoyed most was getting to know my future husband more, and how he thinks about certain situations. I really enjoyed it because he said so many nice things in his answers, and things we really don’t discuss in everyday life in such detail. This course I believe was really helpful to both of us because there are things we don’t have in mind to discuss, and this course gave us the opportunity to discuss many topics. I have a better grasp of his inner self, and that I believe is very important in marriage. We both are bilingual, but we can express ourselves better in Spanish, so we decided to answer the questions in Spanish to fully explain our wants and needs. I would most definitely recommend this course to other engaged couples because at first, you don’t even know what to expect with the course, but once you do the first conversation, you fall in love with the course because you get to experience emotions that maybe you have never felt . It made my us love each other more and comprehend how we both feel. Thank you for this wonderful course Rev. Frank Ana-Cristina


What I really liked about the course is that it directed us through topics that we may not have discussed without the course. The issues and conflict resolution session really made me think not only about my feelings, but also Jennifer’s feelings when working through an issue. It is really eye opening to be forced to look at an issue through the eyes of someone else. I feel the course work really prepared us for a stronger more loving relationship. David


Completing our premarital counseling with this online course was amazing. It was amazing because Chris and I were able to be alone and relax while having these important conversations. The conversations were set up well in that Chris and I were able to speak and listen equally. It was good practice and a good model to follow for having the important conversations that will continue to come up in marriage. I loved being alone with Chris to have these talks because that’s how it will be in our marriage! Very practical. It was relaxing and good to not have someone mediating the conversation. I would and have recommended this form of counseling to other couples. Thank you for creating this premarital counseling option!


Dear Rev. Frank, we are thrilled we were able to find a Christian course that really dug deep into some great topics. My fiancé and I were able to really connect on a lot the topics. Personally, for me I think this course has really prepared me to be open and communicative with my future wife. It has taught me to be open to everything and most of all to be a listener. My fiancé and I would agree that I was not one to be very open and did not show my feelings very well. But I’d say this course has helped me a lot. I would most certainly recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a premarital counseling session. I sincerely enjoyed the time I was able to spend with my fiancé through deep and open conversation. I pray to God that this be the beginning of a very loving and caring marriage. Thank you once again for providing this course. Jeff


This course is very thorough and very convenient for couples who are busy and don’t have time to do counseling during regular hours. It was nice and convenient to come together early in the morning or late in the evening when both of us were available. The questions and discussions are excellent and going through them with my fiancé has been tremendously helpful and eye opening for me. This pre-marriage course has allowed us to discuss multiple things that we don’t discuss on a daily basis or have thought about discussing before. I have appreciated the ability to write down my answers and have time to think about exactly what I want to say in the way I want to say it before discussing it with Santiago. Going through this course was necessary and needed before our marriage and wedding day occurred and I was very satisfied and grateful this course was offered online.


I was surprised on how well this counseling session went because I was unsure about it being online. We both have really different schedules and this was our best option and I am really glad we went through this. We both were able to come together and discuss different things that she and I haven’t talked about and also be more open when discussing things. I felt that I was able to be more honest about my emotions and I know that she was able to do the same. I’m glad that Priscilla was told and given information about this counseling session. I was just starting to feel as if we were not going to be able to do something vital and important before we can get married.


We just completed the online marriage course. We really enjoyed it because it gave us a scheduled time to sit down and more thoroughly talk through conversations that we may have briefly addressed prior to the course. We had talked about several of these topics before, but the format and questions used during this course definitely provided different and new insight into all of those topics. We have definitely come to enjoy our “conversation couch Sunday nights” – to the point that we plan to continue doing them even now that the class is complete. Having a weekly, dedicated time to just focus on us and continue to strengthen our relationship was valuable. We are walking away from this course with a better understanding of each other, our families and what we want to create together. We feel well-equipped to be able to communicate and work through anything that comes our way. Thank you for having this available as an eCourse; that format fit our schedule perfectly.


I wanted to write a review because of the great experience I had with the course. First, it is priced very reasonably and still provides quality content. You have a few videos to watch, one is a recording from a classroom session so it feels like you are right there. Another is by Rev Frank himself and the last was a personal account from a young couple. All felt really intimate and answered questions I didn’t even know I had. I think I most enjoyed the written exercises. We didn’t have to write much. Just a few points so that it starts the conversation. My partner, not the most religious man, even enjoyed them and stated that the questions were really thought provoking and useful to discuss before anyone gets married.

The service and classes are great but what makes online marriage preparation stand out is the care and compassion it has for its patrons. I was speechless from the personal service I received from a group on the internet, and I would recommend this site to anyone who needs the marriage prep classes. My partner, who is not a Catholic, felt much more at ease to complete these exercises privately, since it is between him and I.


I just wanted to quickly share my appreciation for Online Marriage Preparation. The exercises were easy to follow and consisted of really insightful questions which led to some great conversations between my partner and me. Although this is on online course there are always someone on the phone or through email who respond to you in a matter of hours. Thank you Rev. Frank for everything.


As I had been married previously, I really wanted us to have premarital counseling. I hoped the course would give us a foundation to start our marriage on the right path and I feel like this did. The best part is learning how compatible we truly are by sharing. Even though we had had most of these conversations while dating, it was a great tool for us to reminisce about the early part of our relationship. The most useful tool will be the issues tool. Not only did it allow us to discuss our emotions on a difficult issue, but it gave us a framework for future issues. Neither of us had positive examples from our childhood and we both wanted to have a different approach to solving problems. This course provided that. I’m looking forward to my future with this amazing man and I know we are starting on a stronger path now.


I thought it was a great experience, being able to relive the early memories of when we began dating. We are a couple that has discussed many of the topics mentioned in the course, but it was fun to go over it again, especially reliving the early moments of our relationship. I want to go into this marriage prepared, with all the intentions of making it successful, and this course helped. It helped us prepare for marriage by discussing the budget, which we have before getting married, but it was good to go over our plan again, and good to know we are still on the same page about that. It was also helpful to bring up the idea of Ally quitting smoking again. I have never set an ultimatum on her quitting smoking because I know it is difficult, but we came to the conclusion I need me to be part of the quitting process in terms of setting out a plan to quit. This course also confirmed my belief we are a highly compatible, great couple that will succeed at marriage.


What I enjoyed about your marriage prep course was really getting to know one another better. The conversations helped us to ask questions we had not asked each other before. We have been dating for five years and still were able to learn so many new things about each other. I feel it brought us closer together and it made me feel much more prepared to enter into marriage with JC. Monica


Dear Rev. Frank, what I got out of this great marriage prep course was how simple you had things. It was organized so that we could talk about issues and other topics in our relationship that would have been difficult to talk about. I felt that writing out our answers and then getting close and discussing them when we were done was really fun and very helpful for our relationship. We brought up things that we didn’t even realize was an issue and now we know how to handle these issues in our new life. JC


I would like to thank you for providing us with the opportunity to conduct pre-marriage counseling with your program. I am a Captain in the US Army. The entire format was very convenient. We lived more than six hours apart and had to work across different work schedules to complete the program, but I want to express my gratitude to you. We didn’t really know what we were expecting, but our relationship right now is much stronger and we have a sudden surge of excitement to get married and anxious to see what the future holds for us. I know this course had a lot to do with it. Thank you for this course. We needed it.


First of all I want to thank you for this course. It was very convenient for our busy schedules and I was surprised by the simplicity on understanding the course and videos. It helped me grow as a person and the way I view situations in our relationship. It was a very refreshing course and I am so happy we took it. I laughed, I cried, I got in touch with so many emotions that at the end of the day, we became a stronger couple. I will definitely be referring this course to other couples. Thank you for a marvelous journey through our relationship before marriage.


Dr. Frank Nelson, First off, thank you very much for creating this course. My fiancé and I gained a lot from this and the guided conversations were very beneficial in helping us improve our communication. I feel much more prepared for the leap into marriage. The online element made the course very easy and convenient for us to use. For anyone considering this preparation course, I highly recommend it. It will help you become more connected and comfortable discussing any topic with your betrothed. Thank you again for this course! Tyler