Marriage between a Man and a Woman Is Ordained of God

1 Corinthians 11:11

11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.

President Gordon B. Hinckley said:

“How wonderful a thing is marriage under the plan of our Eternal Father, a plan provided in His divine wisdom for the happiness and security of His children and the continuity of the race.

“He is our Creator, and He designed marriage from the beginning. At the time of Eve’s creation, ‘Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: . . . Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh’ (Gen. 2:23–24).

“Paul wrote to the Corinthian Saints, ‘Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord’ (1 Cor. 11:11).

“In modern revelation, the Lord has said, ‘And again, verily I say unto you, that whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man’ (D&C 49:15). . . .

“Surely no one reading the scriptures, both ancient and modern, can doubt the divine concept of marriage. The sweetest feelings of life, the most generous and satisfying impulses of the human heart, find expression in a marriage that stands pure and unsullied above the evil of the world.

“Such a marriage, I believe, is the desire—the hoped-for, the longed-for, the prayed-for desire—of men and women everywhere.”

(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley [2016], 155–56.)

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