GPC36: The Family Can Be Eternal, Gospel Principles Comments and Resources

Gospel Principles
Unit 8: Family Salvation
Chapter 36: The Family Can Be Eternal
Comments and Resources

"Our associations (family) are not exclusively intended for this life...  We live for time and eternity...  who are there besides the Latter-day Saints who contemplate the thought that beyond the grave we will continue in the family organization?" (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p. 277.)

"Among the saints the family is the basic unit of the Church and of society, and its needs and preservation in righteousness take precedence over all other things.  True family organization is patriarchal in nature; it is patterned after that organization which exist in heaven." (Ephesians 3:14-15)....

"Eternal families have their beginning in celestial marriage here in mortality...By obedience to the laws of the gospel, Latter-day Saints families begin here and now to enjoy much of that peace, joy, love, and charity which will be enjoyed in eternal fullness in the exalted family unit" (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 273).


During the study of this topic we will learn that the family can be eternal.

Resources:
Gospel Principles: chapter 36
A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, chapter 14
The Articles of Faith, Chapter 24, pp. 442-446

Scriptures:

3 Nephi 17:1-3
  "1 Behold, now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked round about again on the multitude, and he said unto them: Behold, my time is at hand.
  2 I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time. 
  3 Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again."

D&C 68:25-28; 131:1-4; D&C 132
D&C 68:25-28
  "25 And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.
  26 For this shall be a law unto the inhabitants of Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized.
  27 And their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands.
  28 And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord."

D&C 131:1-4
  "1 In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees;
  2 And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage];
  3 And if he does not, he cannot obtain it.
  4 He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase."

D&C 132
"Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant, as also plurality of wives.  HC 5: 501 507. Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, it is evident from the historical records that the doctrines and principles involved in this revelation had been known by the Prophet since 1831.
1-6, Exaltation is gained through the new and everlasting covenant; 7-14, The terms and conditions of that covenant are set forth; 15-20, Celestial marriage and a continuation of the family unit enable men to become gods; 21-25, The strait and narrow way that leads to eternal lives; 26-27, Law given relative to blasphemy against the Holy Ghost; 28-39, Promises of eternal increase and exaltation made to prophets and saints in all ages; 40-47, Joseph Smith is given the power to bind and seal on earth and in heaven; 48-50, The Lord'seals upon him his exaltation; 51-57, Emma Smith is counseled to be faithful and true; 58-66, Laws governing the plurality of wives are set forth."

Official Declaration -1

Psalms 127:3-5
  "3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
  4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 
  5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate."

Mark 10:2-16
  "2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?  tempting him.
  3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
  4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.
  5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
  6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 
  7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
  8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one fresh. 
  9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
  10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.
  11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
  12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
  13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
  14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
  15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
  16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them."

Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-9
Ephesians 5:21-33
  "21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
  22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
  23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
  24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
  25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
  26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
  27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 
  28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
  29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
  30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
  31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one fresh. 
  32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 
  33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."

Ephesians 6:1-9
  "1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
  2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
  3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 
  4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
  5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
  6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
  7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
  8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. 
  9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him."

Abraham 5:14-18
  "14 And the Gods said: Let us make an help meet for the man, for it is not good that the man should be alone, therefore we will form an help meet for him.
  15 And the Gods caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and he slept, and they took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in the stead thereof;
  16 And of the rib which the Gods had taken from man, formed they a woman, and brought her unto the man.
  17 And Adam said: This was bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; now she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man;
  18 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh."

The Family: A Proclamation to the World



Topical Guide:
                            Family, Children, Duties of
                            Family, Children, Responsibilities toward
                            Family, Eternal
                            Family, Love within
                            Family, Patriarchal
                            Honoring Father and Mother
                            Marriage, Celestial
                            Marriage, Continuing Courtship in
                            Marriage, Fatherhood
                            Marriage, Motherhood
                            Parent

Bible Dictionary:
                                Family
                                Marriage
                                Patriarch, Patriarchs

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Family
                                             Child, Children
                                             Father, Mortal
                                             Marriage, Marry
                                             Mother

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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