Thursday, December 1, 2011

Marriage Covenant

Choice #1 (section 132):
“That which is wrong under one circumstance may be and often is, right under another. … This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted—by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire” (Teachings of the Prophets Joseph Smith, p. 256).
Read and ponder the quote above. Then, complete Step 1
Step 1    
Read the Historical Background in the student manual for Section 132. Then write a sentence or two to explain why Doctrine and Covenants 132:1–33 are more relevant for us today than the remaining verses in the section.

The reason why verses 1-33 are more applicable than the other verses in our lives at the current time is because we do not practice plural marriage anymore. These verses emphasize the importance of marriage through the covenant. One must marry in the temple to be sealed for all time and eternity. One cannot be a king or queen if not having had that celestial covenant of marriage.

The other verses are not relevant to us right now because the practice of plural marriage has been banned by the church for a long time now. 
Step 2    
Choose 4 of the remaining activities that are most pertinent to you to study so that you can better understand this important doctrine

Activity 1. Read Doctrine and Covenants 132:1–6. Also read the student manual commentary for “Doctrine and Covenants 132:3–6. ‘If Ye Abide Not That Covenant, Then Are Ye Damned’” (p. 327), and for “Doctrine and Covenants 132:4. Will Those Who Do Not Have the Opportunity to Marry in This Life Be Damned?” (p. 328). Then write responses to the following:
• What is the meaning of the “new and everlasting covenant”?

The meaning of the new and everlasting covenant is when a man and a woman get married and sealed in the temple. They make the everlasting covenant. 

• Explain in a few sentences why those who understand this law must abide by it to progress eternally.

This law when partaken of it has to be taken very seriously. Its not like you can get married in vegas and the next day get divorced. It is a serious covenant that two people promise to make and not brake. They are sealed forever and through this they can become kings and queen in the celestial kingdom. 

• How can an individual who does not have the opportunity to marry in mortality claim the blessings of “the new and everlasting covenant”?

Those who do not marry on earth during this time still have an opportunity to receive the blessings of the everlasting covenant. They will not be punished and will be rewarded according to their good deeds.

Activity 2. Read Doctrine and Covenants 132:7–14 and the student manual commentary for “Doctrine and Covenants 132:7. What Does It Mean to Be ‘Sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise’?” (pp. 328–29). Write a paragraph that explains what the Holy Spirit of Promise has to do with marriage and every ordinance in the Church. In your paragraph, also explain what a married couple would need to do to have their marriage “sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise.”

To be sealed by the holy spirit of promise means to be approved by the lord. It means that everything that has been sealed in the church through it has synonymously  been approved by the lord. One a couple is married they have to:

If a couple—
Then they will—
1. Are married in accordance with the Lord’s law
1. “Inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths” ( v. 19 )
2. Are married by one who has the keys of the priesthood
2. “Pass by the angels” to their exaltation ( v. 19 )
3. Have their marriage sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise
3. Be gods for all eternity (see v. 20 )
4. Abide in the covenant
4. Have a “continuation of the lives” ( v. 22 )"
 Activity 3. Read Doctrine and Covenants 132:15–18. Then write answers for the following:
• What is the situation described in Doctrine and Covenants 132:15–17 that would lead to a 
marriage lasting only for mortality?
A marriage that is lasting only in mortality is a marriage that has not happened in the temple or has been sealed by the holy spirit. However is they have been married but not worthy of the covenant they remain in the world. 

• Doctrine and Covenants 132:18 describes a marriage between a man and a woman that, although performed in the temple, “is not valid neither of force when they are out of the world.” Referring to what you learn from this verse, explain the conditions that can keep a temple 
marriage from being valid for eternity.
 "18 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity, if thatacovenant is not by me or by my word, which is my law, and is not sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, through him whom I have anointed and appointed unto this power, then it is not valid neither of force when they are out of the world, because they are not joined by me, saith the Lord, neither by my word; when they are out of the world it cannot be received there, because the angels and the gods are appointed there, by whom they cannot pass; they cannot, therefore, inherit my glory; for my house is a house of order, saith the Lord God."
They must keep the covenant to keep this marriage worthy. 

• How does your response to Activity 2 of this assignment help you understand the meaning of Doctrine and Covenants 132:18?
It makes me understand that not only do you need to marry in the temple but it has to be seales by the holy spirit of promise too. 

Activity 4. Read Doctrine and Covenants 132:19–25 and the student manual commentary for “Doctrine and Covenants 132:19–22. How Does an Individual Obtain a Fullness of God’s Glory?” (pp. 329–30). Then write a paragraph that explains in your own words the eternal possibilities that await those who righteously enter into and live according to the “new and everlasting covenant” of eternal marriage.

As i read these scriptures i was able to understand better on the blessings that one will receive from the everlasting covenant. Me and mu husband read verses 19-25 and figured out that if one wants to be a king or queen and have thrones to must follow the covenants you make in the temple. You must stay worthy and then you will be able to be an eternal couple. My husband through it was weird that as a king you will have angels and servants, i thought too and that made me think too, what determines who will be a king/queen or servant/angel? Hmm. Good study lesson though. One of my favorite things to do is to speculate of what wil happen in the future.

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