The Savior referred to this sealing power when he gave his apostle Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven, saying that “whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven” (Matt. In modern times this sealing authority was restored to the earth in the Kirtland Temple on April 3, 1836, by the prophet Elijah, who was the ancient custodian of this power (D&C 1-16).Both ancient and modern prophets have observed that if families are not sealed together in eternal units-if the hearts of the children and the fathers are not turned to each other (as alluded to in Malachi 4:5-6)-then the ultimate work and glory of God are not attained and the highest purposes of the creation of the earth are not achieved.When it lasts, it’s because the couple made it happen. -Spouses are like rough stones rolling that fill each other’s gaps and you fit to your spouse and the relationship over time. – “The only perfect people you might know are those you don’t know very well…Since you won’t find perfection in your partner, and your partner won’t find it in you, your only chance at perfection is in creating perfection together.” (Pres.Even if there aren’t soulmates, once you commit to marriage, your spouse becomes your soulmate. In a marriage, over time, there is only one person for you–there is no one on this other better suited for you. Uchtdorf) -Pres Kimball: “Soulmates are fiction and illusion…Almost any good man and any good woman can have happiness and a successful marriage if both are willing to pay the price.” But the key is that there is CHOICE involved.Even like Nephi, we don’t know exactly where obedience will lead us but we are confident it will be to greater joy than disobedience could ever bring. Although I’ve hesitated in these two years to discuss the elephant in our ward’s room, I’ve realized recently that marriage is a faith issue for most of us too.
This is the authority by which “all covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, oaths, vows, performances, connections, associations, or expectations” can be “made and entered into and sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise” and receive “efficacy, virtue, or force in and after the resurrection of the dead” (D&C 132:7). So, receiving and faithfully keeping all the Priesthood ordinances and covenants is the Lord’s way of preparing us for the culminating and crowning sealing ordinance during a temple wedding.
We both followed the Spirit in many interesting ways to end up in the same neighborhood in Provo and attending the same ward instead of doing other things we thought we probably should have been doing or marrying the people we had been praying about.
As soon as we met, I knew I wanted to marry Denise.
It is illustrated by how my wife and I decided to marry and by what we inscribed in our rings to each other.
We both had had serious dating experiences just prior to meeting and we had prayed continually in those situations to know what the Lord would have us do.
” There is not just “one right person”–not your last chance of happiness in this life.