Remember how I said that my best friend was getting married in the Salt Lake City temple? Welp, it happened! It was amazing and so incredible to be apart of. Outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or Mormon church) a lot of people wonder what happens inside the temple. And I’m happy to answer what I can on that subject. But before I get into that, let me just say that the reception and wedding was so classy and laid-back (which is the bride and groom 100%). I loved being a “fake” bridesmaid (all of her cute sisters were the actual bridesmaids because she has so many) and being a part of the temple sealing. I loved watching them take pictures, hanging out with their families and friends, catching the bouquet, and sending them off to their honeymoon. It was a delightful night!
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that all out, here is the scoop on the temple! The temple is literally the house of God where we can go to feel his Spirit and where we perform covenants (or promises with God) for those that have passed on after we have made the exact same promises with God ourselves. Does that make sense? I hope it does. Anyway, one of the ordinances that is performed inside of the temple is marriage. The reason for that is because it’s so sacred and special, what better place to have a wedding than in the house of the Lord? And that’s exactly what my best friend (well, I have several best friends . . . Sar is just one of them) did.
Okay, so this is part where I get to brag about how great Sarah is. She’s just one of those friends that I know will be in my life forever and ever. She is kind. She is hilarious, smart, down-to-Earth, loyal, honest, trustworthy, and so much more. But more than anything, she values the Lord in her life above everything else (and if she’s reading this, I hope I’m not embarrassing you!). Her husband (so weird calling him that) Jake is the exact same way. Even though they are both so different in their own ways, they both have put Heavenly Father first in their lives and have finally reached their “for time and all eternity” . . . which is basically “happily ever after” expect 100xs better.
Being sealed means forever.
Being sealed means all of time and eternity.
Until death do we part means once you’ve hit your last breath it’s over.
It means when your six feet under, you’re no longer married.
Who wants to sign up for that?!
I mean, really, why would you not want to commit to someone forever if you truly love them? Call me a hopeless romantic, but I truly believe that if you’re gonna seal the deal that it should be for time and all eternity not until death do we part. Why wouldn’t you want to share forever with the man of your dreams (or woman)? Why wouldn’t you want to laugh, have adventures, learn, grow, and so much more without that person after you’ve gone to the other side?
Something that I absolutely love about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or the Mormon church) is that we believe that since thePreisthood (or the authority to act in God’s name) has been restored through a modern-day prophet named Joseph Smith we have the permission to be with the ones that we love even after death. You may be wondering how this is all accomplished or how it’s even possible (see Mormon.org for the second question–search for “Priesthood”). It’s accomplished by keeping God’s commandments and living them to the best of your ability. That’s it. It sounds easy but we all are human and make mistakes. Thankfully, though, Heavenly Father provided a Savior so we can return back to Him and enjoy all of the blessings of the temple.
I am so grateful for the knowledge of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that through the Atonement that all things are possible and that we can truly be with our families forever. I know that marriage can go even after death. I know that Heavenly Father and that the Savior Jesus Christ loves each of us and that by obeying the commandments we can return back to them. Also, I’m so excited, happy, proud, and more for Sarah and Jake! Congrats for tieing the knot for time and all eternity!
Feel free to ask any questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints and I will do my best to answer them. Also, you can always check out the two church websites: http://www.lds.org and http://www.mormon.org.