REL 200 - The Eternal Family

Ratifying an Eternal Marriage
Reading Assignments for the course
REL 200 - The Eternal Family
Prof.  Marcus H. Martins, Ph.D.


"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

Doctrine and Covenants 131:5-6 Doctrine and Covenants 132:6-27, 49
Dr. Marcus H. Martins - Marriage & Eternal Marriage: The Analogy of the Concrete Slab (2015)

Seals and the Sealing by the Holy Spirit of Promise (2017)

Why Aspire to an Eternal Marriage? (video - 2020)

                                            Remarks on Sealings (video - 2020)
Dr. Roy W. Doxey - Accepted of the Lord: The Doctrine of Making Your Calling and Election Sure

Elder Richard G. Scott

Elder Bruce R. McConkie #1

The Prophet Joseph Smith #1

Elder Bruce R. McConkie #2

Dr. Marcus H. Martins

The Prophet Joseph Smith #2
Sealing Ordinance Must be Sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise

The Holy Spirit of Promise

Definition of Salvation

Having One's Calling and Election Made Sure

Possible Scenarios Under the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage

The Unpardonable Sin

Calling and Election - Synonyms

Elder Richard G. Scott
Sealing Ordinance Must be Sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise

Conference Report, April 2009
Realize that a sealing ordinance is not enduring until after it is sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise. Both individuals must be worthy and want the sealing to be eternal.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie  #1
The Holy Spirit of Promise  (read Doctrine & Covenants 132:7-14)
Mormon Doctrine,  p. 361
The Holy Spirit of Promise is the Holy Spirit promised the saints, or in other words, the Holy Ghost.  This name-title is used in connection with the sealing and ratifying power of the Holy Ghost, that is, the power given him to ratify and approve the righteous acts of men so that those acts will be binding on earth and in heaven. ...

To seal is to ratify, to justify, or to approve. Thus an act which is sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise is one which is ratified by the Holy Ghost; it is one which is approved by the Lord; ... The ratifying seal of approval is put upon an act only if those entering the contract are worthy as a result of personal righteousness to receive the divine approbation. ... If they are not just and true and worthy the ratifying seal is withheld.

The Prophet Joseph Smith  #1
Definition of Salvation
Teachings, pp. 297, 357,  May 14, 1843

Salvation is nothing more nor less than to triumph over all our enemies and put them under our feet. And when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world, and a knowledge to triumph over all evil spirits in the world to come, then we are saved, as in the case of Jesus, who was to reign until He had put all enemies under His feet, and the last enemy was death. ...

Knowledge saves a man; and in the world of spirits no man can be exalted but by knowledge.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie   #2
Having One's Calling and Election Made Sure
Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol. 3, pp. 331-332
To have one's calling and election made sure is

Possible Scenarios Under the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage
(As outlined in Doctrine and Covenants section 132)

        Scenario #1:
         Righteous couple, married "till death do us part"
         but not married by the Lord's word, i.e. the NECM (D&C 132:15-17)

        Scenario #2:
        Somewhat righteous couple, married for time and eternity
        but without ratifying seal of the Holy Ghost (D&C 132:18)

        Scenario #3:
        Righteous couple, married by the Lord's word
        and ratified by the Holy Ghost (D&C 132:19-20)

        Scenario #4:
        Unrighteous couple, married by the Lord's word
        and previously ratified by the Holy Ghost (D&C 132:26)

The Prophet Joseph Smith  #2
The Unpardonable Sin
Teachings, p.358,  April 7, 1844

All sins shall be forgiven, except the sin against the Holy Ghost; for Jesus will save all except the sons of perdition.

What must a man do to commit the unpardonable sin? He must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto him, and know God, and then sin against Him. After a man has sinned against the Holy Ghost, there is no repentance for him. He has got to say that the sun does not shine while he sees it; he has got to deny Jesus Christ when the heavens have been opened unto him, and to deny the plan of salvation with his eyes open to the truth of it; and from that time he begins to be an enemy. This is the case with many apostates of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

When a man begins to be an enemy to this work, he hunts me, he seeks to kill me, and never ceases to thirst for my blood. He gets the spirit of the devil -- the same spirit that they had who crucified the Lord of Life -- the same spirit that sins against the Holy Ghost. You cannot save such persons; you cannot bring them to repentance; they make open war, like the devil, and awful is the consequence.

1) Which aspects of this topic did you find most interesting?  Did you find any aspects to be hard to comprehend or to accept?

Be prepared to present your understanding about this topic to your classmates, and see if you have additional questions to ask me.  I'll be glad to answer them.
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