Celestial Marriage is Vital for Exaltation
Marriage is not just a social custom between men and women. For Latter-day Saints Marriage is an essential covenant and ordinance. Men and women who are sealed together for time and all eternity have the opportunity for their marriage continue after death. This blessing is predicated upon their righteousness. If they will remain true to their covenants nothing, not even death, can permanently separate them.
In order to attain the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom men and women must have a Celestial Marriage
Joseph Smith revealed the Lord’s will concerning Celestial Marriage: “In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; and in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage]; and if he does not, he cannot obtain it. He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase” (D&C 131:1–4).
After making sacred marriage covenants, being sealed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and continuing to live faithfully, the blessings of an eternal marriage are made available. The Lord said: “If a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; . . . and if [they] abide in my covenant, . . . it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world” (D&C 132:19).
Eliza M. Partridge shared her feelings about Celestial Marriage: “Then let us rejoice my Sisters, that we are numbered with the People of God, that we have embraced the Celestial Order of Marriage, and happy shall we be in a coming day if we have never spoken lightly of sacred things.”
– In what ways does Celestial Marriage differ from the world’s view of marriage?
– Why must a person enter into Celestial Marriage in order to obtain the highest of the Celestial Kingdom?