If Marriage Isn’t Eternal…


The other day I was watching a romantic comedy with my wife that was on television. It had the typical characters that were searching desperately for true love which would lead to marriage. After awhile I looked at my wife and said, ‘If love isn’t eternal…its tragedy” What I really meant is that if you find love and its final destination is the grave, the end result is nothing short of an abyss of hopelessness. Is a funeral at the end of every love story? If so, it would be a complete unsatisfactory end to a love that burns brightly within the souls of all of us! Pointless! Heartless and unsatisfactory…and…untrue!

One of the great doctrines of the restoration is the revelation and understanding that not only is love eternal but that marriage and the bonds of a family can also be eternal by being obedient to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. What greater joyous news can be found and proclaimed than this news? It is a doctrine that brings satisfaction to the soul and brings balm to the broken heart when separation comes to two-hearts that are intertwined in the bonds of love. It is a doctrine that should be shouted on the rooftops of the world!

A latter day apostle of God declared:

“Marriage should ever be a covenant to lift husbands and wives to exaltation in celestial glory. Marriage was intended by the Lord to endure beyond physical death. His plan offers eternal perpetuation of the family in the kingdom of God. His plan provides temples and opportunities to officiate therein for the living and the dead. A marriage sealed there launches a husband and wife into that grand order of unity so necessary to the perfection of God’s work.15 (Russell M. Nelson, “Nurturing Marriage,” GC, April 2006)
Marriage and love can be eternal companions. The thought of which soothes my soul, enriches my life, and brings great hope, joy and happiness to my heart! This great doctrine provides the potential happy-ending for each couple that enters into the God-ordained partnership called marriage. The Spirit of God so testifies to my soul!

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