Monday, June 20, 2011

Families Can Be Together Forever

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons. Each Sunday, I discuss some things related to my faith and what I believe. Regardless of your own beliefs, I hope this gives you a chance to get to know me and my religion a little better. For previous installments, click here.

Happy Father's Day!

I was all set to talk about God as our Eternal Father, but it seems I already did that in February. So! Today I'll be discussing another of my favorite doctrines - eternal families.

We believe that when married by the proper Priesthood authority in the proper place (the temple), a husband and wife and all children born to them can be together forever in this life and in the eternities to come as long as they are worthy. This ordinance is called a sealing. In some countries, this counts as a legal ceremony, though in others the couple is wed civilly before their sealing. A sealing can also performed after an already married couple joins the church or when an adopted child joins the family.

I actually discussed this, briefly, once before, but that's just how much this means to me. The blessing of being with my current family and any family and husband that are yet to be is such a wonderful promise, full of hope and good things to come.

Does this mean that we're going to be living in one big house together, sharing bathrooms and space for always? Or what about those who don't have as wonderful an immediate family as I do? I'm not entirely sure. Sometimes, I think that it means we'll be living with our spouse, who is a person of our choosing, wherever it is we live after this life, but have access to our family any time we'd like.

It certainly sounds good to me.


Giggles said...

I think it is knowing this, truly truly know this, that helps me have the calm in my soul that I have.

LeAnn said...

It all sounds good to me too. In fact, I want to work hard to make it happen.
Blessings to you!