"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."


Eternal Marriage
"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 of Mormonism

Covenant Marriage
"Marriage is by nature a covenant, not just a private contract one may cancel at will." Elder Bruce C. Hafen, October 1996 General Conference

Marriage for Eternity
"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

Marriage and Divorce
"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.

Achieving 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
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).


Resolving 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.

Plural Marriage
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.

Interracial Marriage
While the Church does not consider it a sin, leaders have discouraged interracial marriage due to the inherent difficulties involved.

Dating 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 great blessing.

Was Jesus Married?
While there is no definitive proof available that the Jesus was married, the evidence might lead one to that conclusion.

Marriage 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

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