I Would Rather Go Out Of Existence!


“I would rather go out of existence then to believe the thought that I will never be reunited with my wife.”

So said my Father about his deceased wife, (my Mother), when he reached his 89th birthday. “Amen,” I said in my heart as I feel the same about my companion of more than 40 years. So do many others who have experienced a love that follows after the admonition of the Savior in His teachings to the Ephesians:

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”

Yet, the subject of Eternal Marriage is murky at best when reading the New Testament. In fact the one reference to such a doctrine is presented to the Savior in a most absurd manner when in Matthew the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, presented the story of a woman who ended up marrying seven brothers, who all died before she did. They asked:

“Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.”

Jesus answered their ridiculous question by stating:
“…in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”

This statement has lead many to believe that there is no such thing as marriage in heaven. However, no matter the statement, most people, of all religions, believe that the sacred nature of their marriage will be in force upon death. Or at least they desperately hope so! They too would ‘rather go out of existence’ rather than accept that their bonded love, approved of by Christ, is invalid in the eternities. “We can still be friends” seems to be our state in Heaven. Or is it?

Jesus was right, of course, there are no marriages performed in Heaven. But in modern days the Lord has raised up prophets who have shed light on such a perplexing problem. It has been revealed through them, that marriage can be eternal if both parties are worthy and they have been married by the proper authority here on earth. And for those who have not had the opportunity to have such a wondrous opportunity, they can have the work done for them in sacred temples of the Lord. No one will be denied if they are worthy to receive such a blessing.

Many today, believe we really do ‘go out of existence’ at death. As for me, I have great hope and faith that eternal love, bonded in forever marriage, is real. I choose to believe that someday husbands and wives will be reunited in the glorious resurrection that has been provided by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That is an existence I can live with!

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