Marriage and Family Ordained of God
Eternal marriage and eternal families are not only part of God's plan, but are the focus of why we are here on this earth and where we will go when we die. Getting married and having children is a commandment of God. The Family: A Proclamation to the World states:
"The Family is ordained of God. Marriage between a man and woman is essential to His eternal plan" (paragraph seven).
"And again, verily I say unto you, that whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man" (D&C 49:15).Working towards eternal life means working towards an eternal family.
Become an Eternal Family at the Temple
A family can be together forever by performing sacred ordinances and covenants in holy temples. Being married in the temple means performing the sealing ordinance that binds you, your spouse, and your children to each other, both on earth and in heaven. Death separates those who are not sealed in a temple. Just as the ceremony says, "until death do you part," the marriage ends when the first spouse dies.
Sealed on Earth and in Heaven
A temple sealing can only be performed in a temple by the proper priesthood authority of God. When the sealing ordinance is properly performed, in a holy temple with God's priesthood power, the marriage is sealed for all time and eternity, death cannot separate the family.
The sealing keys of the priesthood power is what makes a marriage binding after this life.
"Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Helaman 10:7). Also see Matt 16:19.Worthy of an Eternal Family
The sealing ordinance is a covenant we make with the Lord, one that we must continually be worthy of.
"President Brigham Young explained that our families are not yet ours. The Lord has committed them to us to see how we will treat them. Only if we are faithful will they be given to us forever" (Gospel Principles, [manual, 1997], 231).For a sealing to remain in effect after this life each person must remain worthy of an eternal family by continuing to obey God's commandments, including:
Those who break God's commandments, such as the abuse of spouse or children, and do not repent will be held responsible for their actions and will not be worthy to have an eternal family. Those who divorce and wish to remove their temple sealing must go through the process of a temple sealing cancellation, which is done with their bishop.
Through God's plan and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, it is possible for each of us to return to God's presence and for families to be together forever, to be an eternal family.
Poll: Have you been sealed in the temple?