Families Can Be Together Forever“In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.’
During the course of my life I have met many people who are not members of my faith, but with whom I share one common dream — that of being with family in the next life. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this is a keystone doctrine. Everything we do in the Church is in support of and for the family unit.
Covenant Marriage Elder Bruce C. Hafen, in a conference address in 1996 teaches about the difference between a contract marriage and a covenant marriage. While some may question the validity of this old and out dated address, these principles are timeless laws and grounded in the eternal laws of God. Elder Hafen taught, ” When troubles come, the parties to a contractual marriage seek happiness by walking away. They marry to obtain benefits and will stay only as long as they’re receiving what they bargained for. But when troubles come to a covenant marriage, the husband and wife work them through. They marry to give and to grow, bound by covenants to each other, to the community, and to God. Contract companions each give 50 percent; covenant companions each give 100 percent. “
(Here’s the link to the whole address in case my embedded video does not work. )