Families Can Be Together Forever

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Family relationships can last forever—not just for this life.

Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family associations, the loss of a beloved family member can be a source of our deepest sorrows.

Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever when He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).

Death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2).

Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. These ordinances seal a husband and wife together for all eternity and children to their parents as an eternal family. (See: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”)

I am so grateful that Paul and I were married for Eternity in the Holy Temple of our Heavenly Father.  Having an eternal perspective has kept us focused when difficult days in our marriage overwhelmed our hearts.  Accepting the many trials we have faced together and then working through each issue as it has shown up has contributed to a feeling of safety and strength as we have weathered the storms of life together.

If you are curious to know more about eternal families and would like to be taught by young people who are dedicating themselves to sharing the gospel, please contact your local LDS meetinghouse or go to THIS WEB SITE to ask for Missionaries to contact you personally!

Our two oldest sons are currently serving missions in central america and we could not be happier with the sacrifices they are making to share the gospel.  It has been pure joy to watch them mature into firm testimonies of the work of Heavenly Fathers Kingdom on the earth.

Jenny Hatch

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