"The principle of eternal marriage and the ordinances implementing it
constitute a very distinctive and valuable part of the Church. It involves a ceremony
performed in a holy temple by an officiator endowed with the priesthood authority to
invoke covenants intended to be efficacious for time and eternity." Encyclopedia
"Marriage is by nature a covenant, not just a private contract one
may cancel at will." Elder Bruce C. Hafen, October 1996 General Conference
"And [after getting a divorce] they expect to marry again for time
and all eternity and enter into the celestial kingdom of God to receive all the blessings
of exaltation! Are they entitled to do it? Not as I read these Scriptures--they are not
entitled to do it." Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, April 1949 General Conference
"A careful study of this text, and other references
that he made to marriage and divorce, leave little doubt that Jesus set forth the lofty
ideal that marriage is of divine origin and that the marriage bond should be held
sacred." President David O. McKay, April 1945 General Conference
John and Mary,
Beginning Life Together
In this extract from Faith Precedes the Miracle, President
Spencer W. Kimball gives marital advice to John and Mary, a hypothetical engaged couple
who will be married the next day. He explains some of the difficulties they may face as a
married couple and advises how to achieve true happiness.
Oneness in Marriage
If each spouse is forever seeking the interests, comforts, and happiness
of the other, the love . . . will grow" (Spencer W. Kimball, Marriage and Divorce [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, Co., 1976], p. 23).
Plural marriage is not essential to salvation or exaltation.
Celibacy, the deliberate renunciation of marriage, is foreign to LDS
life. Like other forms of ascetic withdrawal, it may deprive the participant of crucial
life experiences. Spiritual maturity and exaltation in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom require marriage (D&C 131:2-3).
Conflicts in Marriage
There is no magic formula that will instantly free you from current
marital conflict. The only solution is living the gospel. Your own humility and obedience
must be the starting point for seeing possible solutions.
Latter-day Saints can presently be married to only one woman at a time.
However, during the nineteenth-century, LDS men were allowed to marry more than one wife
under certain conditions.
Social and Behavioral Perspective of Marriage
"Marriage is more than a matter of social convention or
individual need fulfillment in Latter-day Saint society and lifestyle; it is central to
the exaltation of the individual person" Encyclopedia of Mormonism
The Church officially disapproves of divorce but does
permit both divorce (the legal dissolution of a marriage bond) and annulment (a decree
that a marriage was illegal or invalid) in civil marriages and 'cancellation of sealing'
in temple marriages.
While the Church does not consider it a sin, leaders have discouraged
interracial marriage due to the inherent difficulties involved.
and Marrying Nonmembers
Latter-day Saints are encouraged to only date faithful members of the
Church. A major component of the gospel is the concept of eternal
marriage. Only faithful members of the Church can enter a holy temple and be married for time and all eternity.
Members are encouraged to stay away from any path which might take them away from this
While there is no definitive proof
available that the Jesus was married, the evidence might lead one to that
Myths: Some Things That Just Aren't So
A discussion of ten false assumptions about marriage.
Communication in Marriage - some strategies for improving communication in marriage