Thoughts and Truth from the Impossible Life

Families Can Be Eternal

Gospel Principles
Unit 8: Family Salvation
Chapter 36: The Family Can Be Eternal
Comments and Resources

“Our associations (family) are not exclusively intended for this
life… We live for time and eternity… who are there besides the
Latter-day Saints who contemplate the thought that beyond the grave
we will continue in the family organization?” (Joseph F. Smith,
Gospel Doctrine, p. 277.)

“Among the saints the family is the basic unit of the Church and of
society, and its needs and preservation in righteousness take
precedence over all other things. True family organization is
patriarchal in nature; it is patterned after that organization which
exist in heaven.”
(Ephesians 3:14-15)….

“Eternal families have their beginning in celestial marriage here in
mortality…By obedience to the laws of the gospel, Latter-day Saints
families begin here and now to enjoy much of that peace, joy, love,
and charity which will be enjoyed in eternal fullness in the exalted
family unit” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 273).

During the study of this topic we will learn that the family can be eternal.

Resources:
Gospel
Principles:
chapter
36
A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, chapter 14
The Articles of Faith, Chapter 24, pp. 442-446

Scriptures:

3 Nephi 17:1-3
“1 Behold, now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these
words he looked round about again on the multitude, and he said unto
them: Behold, my time is at hand.
2 I perceive that ye are
weak, that ye cannot
understand all my words
which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time.
3 Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and
ponder upon the things which
I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may
understand, and prepare your
minds for the morrow, and I
come unto you again.”

D&C 68:25-28;
131:1-4;
D&C 132
D&C 68:25-28
“25 And again, inasmuch as
parents have children in
Zion, or in any of her stakes
which are organized, that
teach them not to understand
the doctrine of repentance,
faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the
gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when
eight years old, the
sin be upon the heads of the parents.
26 For this shall be a law unto the
inhabitants of Zion, or in
any of her stakes which are organized.
27 And their children shall be
baptized for the
remission of their sins when
eight years old, and receive
the laying on of the hands.
28 And they shall also
teach their children to pray,
and to walk uprightly before the Lord.”

D&C 131:1-4
“1 In the celestial glory
there are three heavens or degrees;
2 And in order to obtain the
highest, a man must enter
into this order of the
priesthood [meaning the new
and everlasting covenant of
marriage];
3 And if he does not, he cannot obtain it.
4 He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom;
he cannot have an increase.”

D&C 132
“Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo,
Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting
covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant, as also
plurality of wives. HC 5: 501 507. Although the revelation was
recorded in 1843, it is evident from the historical records that the
doctrines and principles involved in this revelation had been known
by the Prophet since 1831.
1-6, Exaltation is gained
through the new and everlasting covenant;
7-14, The terms and
conditions of that covenant are set forth;
15-20, Celestial
marriage and a continuation of the family unit enable men to become
gods; 21-25, The strait
and narrow way that leads to eternal lives;
26-27, Law given
relative to blasphemy against the Holy Ghost;
28-39, Promises of
eternal increase and exaltation made to prophets and saints in all
ages; 40-47, Joseph
Smith is given the power to bind and seal on earth and in heaven;
48-50, The Lord’seals
upon him his exaltation;
51-57, Emma Smith is
counseled to be faithful and true;
58-66, Laws governing
the plurality of wives are set forth.”

Official Declaration -1

Psalms 127:3-5
“3 Lo, children are an
heritage of the Lord: and the
fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that
hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they
shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”

Mark 10:2-16
“2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for
a man to put away his wife? tempting him.
3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement,
and to put her away.
5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your
heart he wrote you this precept.
6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a
man leave his father and
mother, and cleave to his wife;
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more
twain, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath
joined together, let not man
put asunder.
10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.
11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and
marry another, committeth adultery against her.
12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to
another, she committeth adultery.
13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch
them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto
them, Suffer the little
children to come unto me,
and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom
of God as a little child,
he shall not enter therein.
16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and
blessed them.”

Ephesians 5:21-33;
6:1-9
Ephesians 5:21-33
“21 Submitting yourselves
one to another in the fear of God.
22 Wives,
submit yourselves unto your
own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the
head of the wife, even as Christ is the
head of the
church: and he is the saviour
of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the
wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands,
love your
wives, even as Christ also
loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify
and cleanse it with the
washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be
holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that
loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet
hated his own
flesh; but nourisheth and
cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of
his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and
shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be
one flesh.
32 This is a great
mystery: but I speak
concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his
wife even as himself; and the
wife see that she
reverence her husband.”

Ephesians 6:1-9
“1 Children,
obey your parents in the Lord:
for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and
mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers,
provoke not your
children to wrath: but bring
them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
5 Servants, be obedient to
them that are your masters
according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of
your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the
servants of Christ, doing the
will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing
service, as to the Lord, and
not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall
he receive of the Lord,
whether he be bond or free.
9 And, ye masters, do the
same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your
Master also is in heaven;
neither is there respect of
persons with him.”

Abraham 5:14-18
“14 And the Gods said: Let us make an help meet for the man, for
it is not good that the man should be alone, therefore we will form
an help meet for him.
15 And the Gods caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and he
slept, and they took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in the
stead thereof;
16 And of the rib which the Gods had taken from man, formed they a
woman, and brought her unto the man.
17 And Adam said: This was bone of my bones, and
flesh of my flesh; now she
shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man;
18 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and
shall cleave unto his wife,
and they shall be one flesh.”

The
Family: A Proclamation to the World

Topical Guide:
Family,
Children, Duties of
Family,
Children, Responsibilities toward
Family,
Eternal
Family,
Love within
Family,
Patriarchal
Honoring
Father and Mother
Marriage,
Celestial
Marriage,
Continuing Courtship in
Marriage,
Fatherhood
Marriage,
Motherhood
Parent

Bible Dictionary:
Family
Marriage
Patriarch,
Patriarchs

Guide to the Scriptures:
Family
Child,
Children
Father,
Mortal
Marriage,
Marry
Mother

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Moroni 10:4-5
“4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that
ye would ask God, the
Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not
true and if ye shall ask
with a sincere heart, with
real intent, having
faith in Christ, he will
manifest the
truth of it unto you, by the
power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may
know the
truth of all things.”

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