You Can Be a Family Forever
Families are a big part of God’s plan for our happiness. We are born into a family. We aspire to build strong family relationships. Home can be a place where we feel support, safety, and love. God does not want family ties to end when we die. Because of temples, we can be reunited with our families in the next life.
Till Death Do You Part?
When Latter-day Saints get married, they understand that marriage is meant to last forever. Marriage ceremonies in temples contain the words “for time and all eternity,” not “till death do you part.” But it isn’t the words that make eternal marriage possible—it’s the power of God.
God’s Power to Join Together
In the Bible, Jesus gave the Twelve Apostles the sealing power, or sealing “keys.” That power meant that marriage, and many other wonderful blessings, could last forever. The “keys” lock the marriage together. Nothing can break that lock except unfaithfulness to spouse or to God.
When God restored His Church through Joseph Smith, He also gave him the sealing power. When couples are married in a Latter-day Saint temple, the person performing the ceremony has been given permission to use that power.
Sealing Power Extends to Children
Children born to couples married in temples are automatically “sealed” to their parents. Families who join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints later in life can also go to the temple to be sealed together.