"In the culminating temple ordinance-eternal marriage--bride and groom are promised that, if they are faithful, they will enjoy a family union with one another, with their children, and with the Lord throughout all eternity. It is called eternal life."Elder Robert D. Hales, Blessings of the Priesthood, General Conference, October 1995
"May all Latter-day Saint fathers and mothers see to it that they teach their children the sacredness of the marriage covenant. Let them impress upon their children that in no other way than by honoring the covenants of God, among which the covenant of eternal marriage is one of the greatest and most mandatory, can they obtain the blessings of eternal lives."Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.2, p.75
"Eternal love, eternal marriage, eternal increase! This ideal, which is new to many, when thoughtfully considered, can keep a marriage strong and safe. No relationship has more potential to exalt a man and a woman than the marriage covenant. No obligation in society or in the Church supersedes it in importance."Elder Boyd K. Packer, Marriage, General Conference, April 1981
"Thumbing through the catalog beyond the basic required courses that begin with 100, we find an overwhelming selection of courses with numbers of 200, 300, 400, 500, etc. The University of Mortality is going to offer us an abundance of electives to bring beauty into life and opportunities to improve talents. There will be courses offered in helping us improve our appreciation for the cultural arts, music, paintings, dance, and drama. There is a large section on career choices that will give us variety in the work-a-day world. Yes, and there is even one section on the characteristics to look for in our selection of an eternal companion, the most important choice we will make while attending the University of Mortality"Elder L. Tom Perry, "The Universe of Mortality", BYU Speeches of the Year, 7 February 1988
"One of the things that concerns us as General Authorities about marriage, and particularly about temple marriage and sealing, is the light-mindedness with which some of our Church members enter into this holy and eternal order. It appears that too many people now enter into temple marriage with the idea that it is pretty much like any other type of marriage. People today tend to regard all marriage lightheartedly without remembering that a civil marriage is an arrangement invented by man, which therefore includes man's imperfections. A temple marriage, on the other hand, is performed under special priesthood authorization and with authority from God. It is therefore a holy ordinance that should be taken very seriously. It is an eternal marriage meant to last forever."Elder Theodore M. Burton, "Love and Marriage", BYU Speeches of the Year, 3 June 1986
"We cannot overemphasize the value of temple marriage, the binding ties of the sealing ordinance, and the standards of worthiness required of them. When parents keep the covenants they have made at the altar of the temple, their children will be forever bound to them."Elder Boyd K. Packer, Our Moral Environment, General Conference, April 1992
"Those commitments in a temple are total and permanent--involving the whole person, as is, for the whole journey. Neither will remain as he or she is, of course; they will both grow and develop in a multitude of ways. But this marriage ceremony is without condition or reservation, save only the faithfulness of those who make it. On this solid foundation the newly formed family joyfully undertakes to learn how to live happily forever, to build a strong and loving union that will grow more wholesome and more glorious everlastingly."Elder Marion D. Hanks, Eternal Marriage, General Conference, October 1984
"It is important for us to understand, as we can learn from the scriptures, that God is eternal, that his creations are eternal, and that his truths are eternal. Therefore, when he gave Eve to Adam in marriage, that union would be eternal. Marriage as ordained of God and performed in his holy temples is eternal-not just until death." - N. Eldon Tanner, "Celestial Marriages and Eternal Families," Ensign, May 1980, p. 16
"First, an eternal marriage is eternal. Eternal implies continuing growth and improvement. It means that man and wife will honestly try to perfect themselves....
"Second, an eternal marriage is ordained of God. This means that the parties to the marriage covenant agree to invite God into their marriage, to pray together, to keep the commandments, to keep wants and passions within certain limits that the prophets have outlined....
"Third, eternal marriage is a kind of partnership with God....
"Most of all, I think eternal marriage cannot be achieved without a commitment to make it work....
"Eternal marriage is just like that. We need to treat it just that way." - F. Burton Howard, "Eternal Marriage," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.92
“No eternal blessings will be denied to worthy individuals. May I hasten to add that no blessing, including that of eternal marriage and an eternal family, will be denied to any worthy individual. While it may take somewhat longer-perhaps even beyond this mortal life-for some to achieve this blessing, it will not be denied.” – “The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter,” edited by Clyde J. Williams, p. 140
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