Mormon Marriage and Family

by Jen

Marriage, especially marriage in Mormon temples, is regarded as an important and essential part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the “Mormons”. Elder Boyd K. Packer, a Mormon Apostle, stated, “I wish to talk about an ordinary word. I have tried for months—really tried—to find some way to hold this word up in such a way that you would be very impressed with what it means. The word is marriage. I have wished that I could set before you a finely carved chest, placing it where the light is just right. I would carefully unlatch it and reverently uncover the word marriage. Perhaps then you would see that it is priceless!”

Marriage has been a part of God’s plan for his children from the beginning. In Genesis 2:18, the Bible states that, “it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Eve was then created to be his companion and wife. This is one of the fundamental purposes of marriage; companionship.

Mormon temple marriages allow a couple to be sealed together as husband and wife, not just for this life but also after death. Marriage is meant to be forever, Christ taught this principle when he said, “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (see Matt. 19:6). Elder James A. Cullimore, a Mormon leader, said, “Marriage in [a Mormon] temple for time and eternity should be the goal of every member of the Church, for marriage is ordained of God. Marriage is a commandment. Marriage was instituted by divine edict.”

The purpose of marriage in Mormonism is to rear a family. In The Family: A Proclamation to the World, which was written by modern prophets in the Mormon Church, it states, “the first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife. Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to care for each other and for their children.”

The Mormon Church encourages strong marriages and teaches couples to find ways to make the marriage and family strong. That is why things such as family home evening, family prayers, and scripture reading are such an important part of Mormon life. Elder F. Burton Howard spoke about marriage, “If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by. Eternal marriage is just like that. We need to treat it just that way. I pray that we may see it for the priceless gift that it is.”

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