Families Can Be Together Forever
By Maddie
Photo: lds.org

“While I am in my early years, I’ll prepare most carefully. So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.” (“Families Can Be Together Forever,” full lyrics and song here.)

I recently participated in a hike to Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City with my youth group. After the hike, we walked down to Temple Square. It was a long walk, and very tiring, but I enjoyed spending time with my friends. As we walked around temple square, we passed by many beautiful brides and grooms. I couldn’t help but think about how excited I am to be a bride one day. It warms my heart just thinking about standing in the temple, in a beautiful white dress, with a handsome man standing next to me.

Ever since I was very young, attending primary school lessons I have learned about getting married in the LDS temple. But what makes temple marriage different than any other marriage? One word: Eternity. In the LDS faith, we believe marriage continues on past death and into the next life, but only if you are sealed in the temple.

“Families can be together forever, through Heavenly Fathers plan.”
In the teaching guide True to the Faith it says, “In our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness, a man and a woman can be sealed to one another for time and all eternity. Those who are sealed in the temple have the assurance that their relationship will continue forever if they are true to their covenants. They know that nothing, not even death, can permanently separate them.”

I am so very blessed to have parents who are sealed as an example to follow. I try every day to follow the commandments and live righteously so that one day I can find a husband that lives the same way.

I have this quote hanging in my room as a daily reminder to be virtuous so that one day I can find a husband that lives the same way. I have personally prayed to Heavenly Father and asked him to help me live righteously so that I will be worthy of temple marriage, and I have also prayed and asked Him to bless my future husband so that he will continue to stay worthy as well.

Often times in high school, we forget to focus on the future. Sometimes people get caught up in having a relationship and forget that they aren’t likely to marry that person anyway. As long as we focus on living righteously, Heavenly Father will set us up with the perfect spouse in the future, when the time is right.

I am so grateful to say that one day I will be able to get married in the temple to a man that I love, and that we will be able to start a family. Not just an ordinary family, but a family that is sealed for time and all eternity.

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