A basis for Mormon beliefs on marriage
Before going into this topic, I want to encourage you to read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” This is a document that the Mormon church released several years ago, and it answers many questions concerning how Mormons feel about families and marriage. You can read it online here:
The Family: A Proclamation to the World
If you take the time to read the above document all the way through, you’ll quickly see why Mormons feel marriage is worth protecting: We believe it was instituted by God, and that it is a central part of His plan for us on this earth.
God has a Plan for His children
So many people have asked themselves, “Why am I here?” We are here on earth for a reason, and that reason is part of what Mormons call “the Plan of Salvation.” Here is short quote from LDS.org on this Plan:
We are now experiencing mortal life. Our spirits are united with our bodies, giving us opportunities to grow and develop in ways that were not possible in premortal life. This part of our existence is a time of learning in which we can prove ourselves, choose to come unto Christ, and prepare to be worthy of eternal life. It is also a time when we can help others find the truth and gain a testimony of the plan of salvation.
In a nutshell, our life on earth is a time to learn and grow. We are created in God’s image, and He wants us to become more like Him. He has commandments, or rules, that He knows will help us achieve that goal.
Life after death, and families after death
Part of our life on earth is death, or the separation of our spirit and mortal body. Our body dies, but our spirit continues on, and returns to our Father in Heaven. Mormons believe that an important part of God’s plan for us is the opportunity for our family relationships to continue on, even after this life. We believe that families can be together even after this life is over, and after the resurrection.
When you take this larger picture into account, you can start to see why marriage is so important and sacred to the Mormon people. Marriage is not just about unions between people, it is about eternal bonds between husbands, wives, and children: marriage is about families.
Honoring marriage in society
In the link at the top of this article, you will read that:
individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
Those who believe in God, and believe that He has given us commandments, also believe that breaking His commandments will bring consequences. This is not because God is harsh, but often a simple reality of choice and consequence; action and reaction. When we tell our children not to touch a hot stove because they’ll get burned, we are not threatening to burn them, but only warning them of a natural consequence.
It is impossible to overstate how important God’s laws concerning the marriage relationship are. Immorality, child-abuse, and the disintegration of the family are not light matters, and they do not carry light consequences.
Marriage is worth protecting
Mormons believe that marriage between a man and a woman is worth protecting. It is not a technicality, nor is it simply a title: marriage is an eternally important union. I know that if we as a nation continue to uphold the importance and sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, we will continue to enjoy the blessings that come from honoring that union. It is my sincere hope and prayer that we do so.
If you have questions or thoughts on marriage or any other topic, please feel free to ask here.