In The Family: A Proclamation to the World, an official Church document, it states that “the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that life continues after death, that families can live together forever and furthermore, that the marriage relationship can and should be perpetuated beyond the grave and not “till death do us part.” To Mormons, a marriage is eternal. Family is eternal. Sadly, marriages seem to be failing all around us.
With that introduction, I wanted to share with my readers a video from one of the apostles of the Mormon Church, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, which talks about marriage. In it he states that “the weakening of the concept that marriages are permanent and precious has far-reaching consequences.” Indeed, it seems these days that too many couples are willing to part ways after petty differences, rather than stick it out and make things work.
Are you currently struggling in your marriage? Have you contemplated a divorce? Have you fallen out of love? You can work it out! A marriage is work, but it’s so worth it. In fact, it’s part of God’s plan for us.
While Mormon couples are not immune to divorce, a higher proportion of marriages work and last. That’s because of our belief in the importance of family and of marriage, our belief that marriage can continue after death. With that knowledge, it gives us the strength and the willpower to push through difficulties and make a marriage work. As Elder Oaks stated, “A marriage, eternal in duration and god-like in quality, does not contemplate divorce.”
May you and your spouse do everything in your power to make your marriage last. Let your pride down. Be forgiving. Love and serve each other with all your hearts. You and your family will be so much happier and blessed. Ultimately, the way to make your marriage last is to seek the Lord Jesus Christ. If you and your spouse are united in that purpose, the Savior can help you; he can heal you; he can help you make your marriage work. He has for me.