Temple Marriage is a Sealing Ordinance:
Temple Marriage is Between a Man and Woman:
"We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim 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" (paragraph 1).Each of us is a son or daughter of God- who loves us. Our gender-male and female- is part of our eternal identity and divine purpose in God's plan of salvation. (See The Family paragraphs 2-3.) Part of God's plan is that eternal marriage is only between a man and woman.
Temple Marriage is Forever:
"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" (The Family paragraph 3).(Also see D&C 132: 18.)
Temple Marriage is a Celestial Marriage:
"In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees;Thus, to achieve our greatest potential we must work to achieve a celestial, temple marriage.
"And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage];
"And if he does not, he cannot obtain it" (see D&C 131:1-3).
Faithfully Keep Coventants:
"Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities" (paragraph 7).
Always Respect and Love One Another:
For some excellent ways to strengthen your love and respect for one another see 12 Ways to Have a Happy, Healthy Marriage.
Receiving a Temple Sealing after Legal Marriage:
Temple Marriage Seals Children to their Parents:
After a couple are sealed in the temple any children they have (after their sealing) are automatically sealed to them when they are born. If a couple already has children (before being sealed to each other in the temple) those children accompany them to the temple and are sealed to their parents right after the husband and wife are sealed together.
A Promise for those Who Never Marry:
Our Father in Heaven is a loving, just God, and has promised that all will be given the blessing of an eternal temple marriage, even if they are not given this opportunity while alive. In True to the Faith it states:
"Some members of the Church remain single through no fault of their own, even though they want to marry. If you find yourself in this situation, be assured that 'all things work together for good to them that love God' (Romans 8:28). As you remain worthy, you will someday, in this life or the next, be given all the blessings of an eternal family relationship. The Lord has made this promise repeatedly through His latter-day prophets" ("Marriage," 2004, 97–101).Temple Sealings for the Dead:
The sealing ordinance of temple marriage is also vicariously done for the dead, similar to baptisms for the dead. This way all families can be together forever.
The Violation of a Temple Marriage:
The Family proclamation states:
"We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God" (paragraph 8).The abuse of others is not acceptable in The Church of Jesus Christ and may result in disciplinary action. Breaking the law of chastity also violates temple covenants and requires sincere repentance.
A Temple Marriage Divorce:
A couple can be divorced if they've been sealed in the temple. This is called a temple sealing cancellation. To have a temple sealing canceled a couple must meet with their bishop and prepare the proper paperwork which can take anywhere from a few months to over a year.
A temple marriage truly is the greatest covenant we can make and is only available because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. When dating make sure to follow these LDS dating guidelines as you seek to know who to marry and spiritually prepare to enter the temple.
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