"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" (Matt. 16: 19).In these modern days, the prophet Joseph Smith was also given this power and authority when Christ restored his church, gospel, and priesthood on the earth:
"Whatsoever you seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever you bind on earth, in my name and by my word, saith the Lord, it shall be eternally bound in the heavens..." (D&C 132:46).We believe that families can be sealed together forever, meaning you can have an eternal family. Families are sealed together for time and all eternity in Holy Temples.
In The Family: A Proclamation to the World, it says:
"The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally" (paragraph 3).Elder Bruce C. Hafen of the Seventy said:
"Whatever our trials, we all feel the longing to belong in eternal unity with a loving family. That longing is a real source of power....I know that families can be together forever. I know that through the power of God, the atonement of Jesus Christ, the sealing power of the Holy Ghost, and my obedience, I can be with my family for all time and eternity. This fills me with a deep joy that words cannot fully express. I hope that you too may come to believe this truth and do that which will unite your family forever.
"Some people believe in the vision of an eternal family, but they aren't willing to pay the price to fulfill the dream. Without the heavy lifting--the work--of preparation and obedience, even a celestial family vision is just dreaming" ("Your Longing for Family Joy," Ensign, Oct 2003, 28).
Learn more about temple marriages, eternal families, and the sealing ordinances performed in temples.