An Important Purpose of Life Is to Live in Families and Be Sealed to Them through Temple Ordinances

Doctrine and Covenants 131:1–4

1 In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees;
2 And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage];
3 And if he does not, he cannot obtain it.
4 He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase.

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said:

“Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and . . . the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. . . . The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.”

(“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129.)

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