Men and women were created with a specific and vital purpose: to be in a partnership with Heavenly Father in creating physical bodies for His spiritual children; which is a vital part of His eternal plan of happiness. As husband and wife, we unite in matrimony and when we do, we “are no more twain, but one flesh (Matthew 19:6).” Meaning that we are now one in purpose, in heart and in commitment. The proclamation states, “THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.” Our role is “essential to His eternal plan.” Those words bring joy and humility! Heavenly Father trust us, his mortal children, that He has given us an essential responsibility in his perfect and eternal plan. And that “essential” part we have is to bring children to this world. That’s why He has created us male and female, because we have unique, divine and essential characteristics necessary to procreate. Like Lynn D. Wardle said, “Men and women are different in a universe of complementary ways and aspects, and their union creates a uniquely valuable relationship much greater than the sum of the parts.”
As we can see, marriage is more than a simple word, it is a small word with eternal meaning. And here are a few things we should know about this small word.
WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS:
- Marriage is not only for husbands and wives to show their love and affection, “marriage is essential in preserving social stability and perpetuating life (Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948).”
- Marriage “is not just a word or a “piece of paper.” It is the oldest social institution in the world.”
- Conjugal marriage contributes more to society than other forms of intimate adult relationship.
- Marriage establishes the moral core of family and the moral baseline and standards for society.”
- Marriage is the most critical bridge and bonding connection in society.
- In marriage we learn to sacrifice for the welfare of others.
- In marriage we learn to nurture, to give, to express love, to forgive and be one with others.