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The God Given Pattern for Marriage

Today we are living in a time of great unhappiness and societal deterioration. Our society has turned away from traditions and societal norms that have been practiced since the beginning of time. We have turned away from the very purpose that we were created.

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. There is no other way to fulfill the measure and purpose of our creation and life on earth than by getting married and having children and creating a family. It is the only way to accomplish our eternal destiny and experience a fullness of joy!

God gave us a true pattern for happiness and for strong and sustainable families and societies when He created the first family. He created our father, Adam, then our mother, Eve, and placed them in the Garden of Eden and commanded them to multiply and replenish the earth. In keeping this commandment, Adam and Eve fulfilled the measure of their creation as husband and wife as they used their power of procreation to create life, or children; the family of the whole earth. Adam and Eve provided bodies and earthly experience for their children, that they might learn and progress to become like them. By following God's Plan, they would experience a fullness of joy and realize their full potential as sons and daughters of God. Whenever God's children keep God's commandments and follow His Plan, families and societies are strengthened and blessed.

Recently gay marriage was legalized in the United States and continues to be legalized throughout the world. Though this is a law, it is not God's law, it is man's. When mankind seeks to create laws that are contrary to the Creator's laws, they always eventually lead to unhappiness and a break down in society. They also frustrate God's plan and purpose for His children. Unlike the natural family, homosexual couples cannot create life and cannot provide the masculine and feminine balance children need for a successful life. In God's Plan, children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by both a father and a mother who honor their marital vows with complete fidelity. The natural, traditional family is a proven pattern and model that has created and nurtured life and provided the strong, sustainable foundation of societies for millennia.

Conversely, homosexuality leads to great unhappiness, suicide, death and disease among people who live this lifestyle. Whenever we live in a manor that is contrary to God's Plan, we always experience guilt from our conscience, the Light of Christ, that we are each given when we come to this earth. It is a gift that God designed within each of us that helps us discern between right and wrong, truth and error. Though it can be very difficult to choose the right, or to live God's Plan and keep His commandments, it always leads us to greater peace, happiness, and joy. God's purpose for marriage is not to satisfy sexual desires (though it can fulfill this), but to create life and families.

What a blessing it has been for me to be raised in a home with a father and a mother who honored their marital vows with complete fidelity! Though their marriage always had its ups and downs and certainly wasn't perfect, my parents were committed to each other and to their children, not just until death, but for all eternity. Their commitment and example have been a great source of peace and strength to me.

Another great blessing to me growing up was having grandparents and great grandparents who were also committed to each other and to their children. Their examples and wisdom are a great

strength and gift to me and my children that has added even more peace and stability to my life. Because of generations of committed parents in my family line, and the attendant blessings that come through strong families, I am committed to my marriage and family forever.

Though marriage and family take great commitment and sacrifice, they lead to greater happiness and success in life, and a fullness of joy that can only be achieved through the God given pattern of marriage and family life.

Strong marriages and families provide a strong foundation for society, nations and the world. In our current society, we see the disintegration of the family as a result of the breakdown of the traditional family. If we want to heal and repair our societie

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