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In the New Testament we read how Jesus Christ gave the apostle Peter the sealing power- the keys and authority to "bind on earth" and in heaven:
"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....

"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).
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.

Learn more about temple marriages, eternal families, and the sealing ordinances performed in temples.
Comments
July 3, 2010 at 11:29 am
(1) Michael says:

I still can not figure out why such a powerful god would have allowed his only son to be so horribly killed and almost immediately let the church disappear until Joseph Smith came to fix it. Nothing in the Old or New Testaments gives any hint of such a possibility. Just HUGE gap in history. No gaps for thousands of years until this.

July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(2) Rachel Bruner, Latter-day Saint Guide says:

Michael, in the history of the Gospel of Jesus Christ there have been many gaps when the people became wicked and the priesthood was no longer on the earth. This is called an apostasy, and has happened after several prophets. Each time God has called a prophet a new “dispensation” has begun. The first dispensation was with Adam, the second with Enoch, third with Noah, fourth with Abraham, fifth with Moses, sixth with Jesus Christ, and now the seventh with Joseph Smith.

July 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm
(3) Kurt says:

This is a real stumbling block for me. My father was a violent, angry, drunken man. He likes to smash people’s heads into walls and kill small animals. My parents divorced when I was young, over 40 years ago. I saw my dad a couple years ago and if anything he’s even worse. There is absolutely no way I could bring myself to seal my mother to this man for all of eternity. No way, do I want to be sealed to him. Yes, I believe in miracles and change, but I cannot bring myself to this. I forgive him and I love him, but I will not be sealed to him for eternity. How can this be resolved in Mormonism? I’ve talked to missionaries and my bishop and even asked to be sealed to someone else, but I can’t exactly remember their response. I know for some people spending eternity with their family is the greatest conceivable blessing, but it sends a chill down my spine.

July 7, 2010 at 9:50 am
(4) Rachel Bruner, Latter-day Saint Guide says:

Kurt, thank you for sharing your experience, feelings, and thoughts. I understand some of what you feel. In my first marriage there was emotional/mental abuse, and I was horribly miserable as I was being destroyed by my husband. I didn’t feel joy or happiness when I thought about being sealed to this man forever.

Of course my situation is different as I will eventually be sealed to my current husband who is an amazing, loving man (still going through the paperwork).

My opinion about situations like yours, is that being sealed to a parent doesn’t mean you’ll be with them forever. After the day of judgment if they are not worthy to be in the Celestial Kingdom, then they won’t be with you for eternity.

Also, we don’t know exactly how everything will work out in the afterlife, but things WILL work out for the best. Only that which is right and good can be with God, as no unclean thing can dwell in His presence. Thus, no person who is judged unclean will be with Him.

One way that I see it (and this is my opinion, not Gospel doctrine) is that all people who dwell with God will be good and only do good. Being sealed to our parents is necessary to continue the sealing line through our ancestry until it reaches Adam and Eve (and thus God). Those connected to us who are not good do not break the line, but in are lost from the line, but the line continues on through our ancestry and forward through our posterity. For example. A child who is righteous, but who’s parents were not, the child is still sealed to those grandparents who were righteous, and if those grandparents were not, they are still sealed to their great-grandparents, etc. No matter how many people “fall” from the line due to wickedness, the line is still their for those who are righteous and who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven with Christ.

Does that make sense? I hope that gives you some comfort. I also highly recommend that you seek God’s comfort and counsel with this through study, fasting, and prayer. He will guide you to that which will help you to more fully understand His truths and to have hope in eternal families and not fear.

July 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm
(5) Kurt says:

Michael: The falling away and unfaithfulness of God’s people seems to me to be a recurring theme in both the Jewish and Christian scriptures. See Acts 20. 29-31, for example.

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