Families can be “forever” in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This I realized after 4 years I became member of the Church when my wife, Rebecca and me were “sealed as husband and wife for time and eternity” in the Manila Philippine Temple in September 1984.
Marriage, I know, is a “social custom, a legal agreement between a man and a woman to live together. But in the Church, I knew that it was “much more.” It is the most sacred relationship that can exist between my wife and me for it affects our happiness now and in eternities.
In September 28, 1984, my wife and I were married in the temple. It was a celestial marriage. We knelt at the sacred altar inside the temple in the presence of my five children: Greg, Dona Greece, Genevieve Aura, Gynrey, and Geeree and two special church members as witnesses. We made our marriage covenants before God. We were pronounced husband and wife for time and eternity by a priesthood holder who held the holy priesthood of God and had been given authority to perform the said sacred ordinance (the new and everlasting covenant). We were instructed in the things we must do to receive the blessings, which are dependent on our obedience to the laws of God. This eternal marriage has given us the opportunity to continue as families “forever.”
As we remain in the Church, we grow spiritually. We learn more things about the family. President Spencer W.Kimball, the 12th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1973-1985) wrote “family life is the best method for achieving happiness in this world, and it is a clear pattern given to us from the Lord about what is to be in the next world… The family is the great plan of life as conceived and organized by our Father in heaven… The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has emphasized family life…the foundations of the family, as an eternal unite, were laid even before this earth was created! Society without basic family is without foundation and will disintegrate into nothingness… We know the family to be eternal…when things go wrong in the family, things go wrong in every other institution in society…”(Spencer W.Kimball, Teachings of Presidents of the Church, 204)
Moreover, our present President of the Church, President Gordon B.Hinckley in a general conference of the Church had read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” This reads in part: “The divine plan of happiness enables family relationship to be perpetuated beyond the grave. 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.
"Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children….
"The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His plan… Happiness in family life is mostly to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners….
"Responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to provide those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.” (Ensign, November 1995, 102)