If I were to offer you something that you could have for a limited number of years and then the same thing that you could enjoy for ETERNITY, I think most of you would jump at the opportunity to have something for longer, especially if that something in question was a strong and faithful relationship with someone you love and adore.
I remember really learning about the concept of Temple Marriage in Young Women’s and thinking, “who would NOT want a Temple Marriage that promises you eternity?” It was also then that I tried to understand the concept of eternity and how it goes on literally forever, which my small brain still cannot process, but that’s a conundrum for another day.
In The Family: A Proclamation to the World, we read that, “The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.” It’s important to note that it doesn’t say, “Marriage between man and woman is essential to your Earth life.” Although marriage is fundamental to our time here on Earth because it’s the beginning of our life with this companion, it’s just the opening act. Our marriages have the potential to span the eternities and those blessings are found in the House of the Lord.
This is the plan that our Heavenly Father has intended for us. He wants us to find a love here on Earth that we can build on and desire to make that an eternal thing with our spouse.
My husband is a convert, baptized in 2014. Since we had to wait a year to be married in the temple, we unintentionally kept putting off the temple classes until after our son was born. When my husband and I got married in the Chicago Temple, there was no better feeling in this world than seeing my little guy dressed all in white at the altar with us. He was very distracted, and my mom took his little hands and put them near ours. It was so incredibly special and a day I will never forget. I feel so lucky and blessed that I can always be with my little family by honoring the covenants we made in the temple.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said in a devotional with BYU students, “I remind you that the association you now enjoy as students is probably the best time of your lives to find your own “Beloved Eternal Companion.” Do so with a prayer in your heart. It will be the most important decision you will ever make. It will influence your life from now through all eternity.” (Hinckley, 2006)
The choice of who and where you marry is truly so important and sets the tone for the rest of your married life.
Hinckley, G. (2006, October) Experiences Worth Remembering, https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/gordon-b-hinckley/experiences-worth-remembering/
The Family: A Proclamation to the World. (n.d). https://www.lds.org/topics/family-proclamation