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What Is Marriage?

We have a Proclamation that we live by in our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That Proclamation is titled “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” in which the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles remind us 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.” Our goal as families is to be married in one of the Temples of the world in order that we may be together forever, not just until death do we part.

Family is the greatest joy of mankind and we strive to create relationships that are strong, however, nothing is simple and in order to create a strong family relationship we need to be constantly working on this concept.  Eternity is a long time and therefore we need to know our self-worth as a family and gather strength from each other at all times.  Communication is the best strength in a family, as talking things through is so very important as wrong ideas and assumptions can cause a viral disease to spread through a group so very easily if not kept in check simply by talking it through with each other.

Attending the Temple as a family requires work as well.  In the Temple we are required to keep certain covenants to keep our family relationships strong and therefore once outside the Temple we need to always be mindful of the example we set as a family to the outside world.  Satan is rife in the world right now.  He does not want the family to succeed.  He does his best to get between mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, children and parents.  It is very sad to see the decay of the family as we are taught to know and respect it, fading away as the centuries continue on.  Having and honouring a Temple Sealing is our declaration to Satan that we are prepared to make a stand.  However, even in the best of Latter Day Saint marriages, there can develop problems.

We are very lucky in our Church because we have access to well-trained minds to aid us through times of break-down besides that most powerful weapon Prayer.  Joseph Smith taught us the 3 degrees of glory – the Celestial, the Terrestrial and the Telestial and for each of these Heavens are certain requirements in order to qualify for the blessings that come through living the covenants of a Temple Marriage.

Loving our spouse is special only to loving our Heavenly Father and both are so essential for us to get through the turmoil of life here upon this earth.  To us marriage is a partnership of equals, whereby both of us help each other with encouragement, comfort and help.  Marriage needs time to mature, time to be together, time to be respectful and thoughtful of each other, time for listening, time for talking, time for being affectionate and loving and kind in words, deeds and actions.   “Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else” means that marriage between two persons should not be interferred with through outside activities, possessions or other people.  Office flirtations, indulging in activities that are not healthy for the mind or body and unfaithfulness eat away at the foundation of a marriage.

They say that no success can ever compensate for failure in the home.  And how true is that statement when you contemplate what is happening in the world today.

Everything starts in your own backyard and if you have that spiritual strength to start with – that is constantly nurtured through understanding and a good healthy, strong relationship between the 2 at the top of the family funnel, then everything should follow on from there quite smoothly.  Talking together about everything, sharing about everything is so necessary.  No secrets between couples should exist.  Financial problems are generally the cause of a major breakdown, therefore right from the start, money should be high on the list of priorities to discuss in your meetings with each other on a daily basis.  Managing money wisely and being debt free is a great commitment for both parties involved.

Prayer must be thought of as of major importance as well.  Inviting Jesus Christ into each of your lives before you part from each other in the mornings and before you retire to your bed at night will give you the strength to carry on when things get tough.  And life does get tough.  So you need all the help you can get.

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