Marriage between a man and woman is essential to God's Eternal Plan. Salvation is an
individual and personal quest that requires faith in and a covenant relationship with Jesus
Christ. But exaltation and eternal life with God is a joint quest; it requires a man and a woman
to make and keep eternal covenants with each other and with God. The only way to inherit all
that God has and is requires the uniting of the opposite sex, male and female, which is required
to multiply or create a posterity. God's work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and
eternal life of His children. As we progress to become like Him, we too will be engaged in the
same work; to bring to pass our immortality and eternal life, and that of our posterity. We glorify
God, by progressing and increasing in our glory; in light, truth, knowledge and power. He
cannot increase in His glory without us increasing in ours.
At the end of our mortal probation, we will be judged by God. If we were evil in this life, we will
dwell in the least glorious kingdom; the Telestial Kingdom or Hell. If we lived honorable lives but
did not receive the ordinances of Salvation; baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, we will dwell
in the more glorious Terrestrial Kingdom. And if we received the ordinances of Salvation and
kept our baptismal covenants, but did not enter into the New and Everlasting Covenant or
eternal marriage, authorized by the holy priesthood of God, we will dwell with God in the most
glorious kingdom. This Celestial Kingdom consists of different degrees of power and glory.
Little children who died without being baptized will also live in this kingdom. In order to obtain
the highest degree in the Celestial Kingdom we must enter into the highest order of the
priesthood; the New and Everlasting Covenant, or eternal marriage. If we do not, we cannot
obtain it. We may enter into the others, but that is the end of our kingdom; we cannot have an
increase or posterity.
We enter into the new and everlasting covenant of marriage in holy temples, in ceremonies
performed by those who have God-given priesthood authority to seal together marriages and
families on earth during this mortal life and throughout all eternity. This sealing ordinance and
order of matrimony gives the husband and wife equally important, but different roles in the
family organization. It bestows the married couple with power and glory to become as God is.
God, our Heavenly Father, entered into this same covenant with His eternal companion, our
Heavenly Mother, long ago. As we do the same, we increase in our glory, and we increase their
This is the path of godhood and our divine destiny and inheritance. It is our purpose for coming
to earth; receiving our bodies and being tested. Mortal life is the curriculum to become a God.
It is where we develop the knowledge, experience and character necessary to become heavenly
parents. Our heavenly parents experienced their own mortal lives; they learned the same
earthly curriculum, and developed and increased in their own light, truth, knowledge and power.
And they continued to increase in power and glory until they received a fullness; they became
omniscient and omnipotent almighty Gods.
Immortality and eternal life requires an evolution of man to God; it is one perpetual and eternal
round. This is why the divinely designed family is ordained of God and is central to His plan for
the eternal destiny of His children. We are the children and posterity of Gods, destined to
become as They are; powerful and glorious, immortal and eternal parents to a numberless
posterity and eternal family . What a glorious destiny and work we are a part of!