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Mormons believe marriage can last forever. We do not believe that God intends marriage to last “until death do you part.” A good marriage is not only one of the most fulfilling of human relationships, but is central to God’s plan for his children.
Marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of the family and the procreation of children. Marriage between a man and a woman is best suited to provide children with a nurturing and loving environment that will allow them to develop their full potential.
Mormons believe that the deterioration and lessening of respect for marriage in much of modern society is a root cause of many of our social problems.
Marriage, A Partnership with God
“Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11).
In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches “that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
In God’s plan, men and women progress together. Marriage is not just between a husband and wife, it’s a partnership with God. The man and the woman contribute differently, but equally, to a unity that can be achieved in no other way.
Marriage Can Be Eternal
Mormons believe that the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the only places where a man and woman can be married and receive the promise that they may live together forever, “sealed” together by divine priesthood authority. During his life on earth Jesus Christ gave His disciples the power to perform this type of marriage. He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).
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Brian Scott answered...
A husband and wife -can- be together forever! When a Mormon couple is sealed in a Temple, they are sealed for all time and eternity. The words "till death do us part" are not uttered. Families can indeed live together forever in heaven. For this knowledge I am extremely grateful, because I confess that without my wife and children nothing could seem like heaven.
Ben Jones answered...
The Church teaches that marriage should be for "time and eternity." Such marriage are solemnized in the temples of the church...A Temple marriage is not automatically guaranteed to succeed...The real secret to a happy marriage is not so much finding the perfect partner but rather building a life together, supporting each other in good times and bad times, forgiving each other when mistakes are made, and in being a part of the lives of the children and grandchildren.
It helps to have a Gospel-centered marriage, to realize that God is a partner in marriage to help us have the right priorities, rather than being centered on our own selfish desires. We sometimes forget that love is a commandment of God: love your wife or husband, love your neighbor, love your enemies. It is easy to love when you feel the emotion of love but it takes effort to love when you feel hatred, anger, or frustration or when you are convinced that you are right and righteous when the other is "obviously" in the wrong. Yet, if we do what love really requires, we will often come to feel that love more intensely.
Alan Casey answered...
I have been married 40 years. It has not been easy, to be exact at times it has been heartbreaking, while at other times fabulous and the best. I have found marriage to be greatest journey in life. I can testify in times when all seems at a end and with no sight of peace and happiness. I have found my faith in God to guide me through. His example of enduring to bear all suffering in love for us has kept us going, placing one foot in front of the other until we can see our way and regain strength in our marriage and a renewal of love for each other. I have taken some time to learn and practice the skills of being a good husband and companion to my wife.
God encourages us to love one another, to put others above ourselves, to share and care for each other. These skills are best practiced in marriage. Service is best practiced in the home, expressions of love, giving up oneself in love and companionship. This is what I have been taught by God. My faith in him has strengthened my faith and love for my wife. My wife is my best friend and I enjoy her company and conversation above any other. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. Marriage is an empty bin. It remains empty unless you put in more than you take out.
We read in Genesis that Adam and Eve were husband and wife while in the Garden of Eden, before their expulsion for their transgression. They were married by God before there was any death in the world. There marriage was forever as God does not do things on a temporary basis. He did not say 'until death do you part' as there was no death. Adam and Eve's example shows us that God intends for the family to exist forever. Christ gave His apostle's this power to 'seal on earth and in heaven' whatsoever thing they did Matt 16-19 and 18-18, which most certainly included the power to bind families in the Heavens. God tells us he is no respecter of persons Rom 2-14, 1 Pet 1-17, therefore, if Adam and Eve had the blessing of an Eternal Family the same must be available to us all. This is the crowning glory of the Temples, sealing families together forever, and to receive blessings that will make it possible for families to live with God and Jesus Christ, based upon their enduring to the end.
When I was 37, my husband was killed in an accident on the interstate. I was left alone with 6 children, but I was not left without hope. I knew that because our marriage had been sealed in the temple, my husband and I would be together in the next life. Our children also know that they will be with their father again someday. This knowledge has helped us in our lives so much. It has helped us find joy, even though we missed him so much. Now, two of my children are on missions sharing the good news that families can be together forever!