Why is marriage so important to Mormons?

With the recent election, California has voted to ban same-sex marriage. Mormon’s were encouraged to contribute to the effort to pass that law, as were many other faiths in that state. I have had people ask me why I care who gets married, as long as it doesn’t affect me. The problem is, redefining marriage does affect everyone.

The LDS (mormon) church website has put together a list of resources to help people fully understand why the Mormons were so involved in working to ban same-sex marriage. The website is here:

http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/commentary/same-sex-marriage-and-proposition-8

One of the links is to the Proclamation on the Family, which states that:

“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

Two things stand out to me: “eternal destiny” and “eternal identity and purpose”. So many people are so focused on everyone being “equal”, that we sometimes forget that we are all unique individuals, with unique purposes here on this earth. We are not all “the same”, nor are all ideas of the same value in the eternal perspective.

I invite you to examine the link above for a lot more information on the Mormon church and our position on marriage between a man and a woman. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have as well.

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