Thursday Thoughts: Eternal Marriage

As I am traveling YET AGAIN, I missed Patsy’s (it was Patsy, wasn’t it?) lesson, but if I have figured correctly, the topic was Eternal Marriage, lesson 38. The lesson states the most important basic principles of eternal marriage: 1. It is ordained of God; 2. it is essential for exaltation; 3. it must be performed by the proper authority in the temple; and 4. it must be prepared for. The lesson also lists the benefits of an eternal marriage, which I think bears repeating:

“As Latter-day Saints, we are living with an eternal perspective, not just for the moment. However, we can receive blessings in this life as a result of being married for eternity. Some of those blessings are as follows:

  1. We know that our marriage can last forever. Death can part us from one another only temporarily. Nothing can part us forever except our own disobedience. This knowledge helps us work harder to have a happy, successful marriage.
  2. We know that our family relationships can continue throughout eternity. This knowledge helps us be careful in teaching and training our children. It also helps us show them greater patience and love. As a result, we should have a happier home.
  3. Because we have been married in God’s ordained way, we are entitled to an outpouring of the Spirit on our marriage as we remain worthy.

Some of the blessings we can enjoy for eternity are as follows:

  1. We can live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of God.
  2. We can be exalted as God is and receive a fulness of joy.”-Ginger

     

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