As you know, John, when you ask the question I can testify that this is
true.  However there is more to the answer than what has been presented.

I would be delighted to discuss this topic with courtesy and good will, if
that would be possible.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John W. Redelfs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 1:28 PM
Subject: [ZION] Official Doctrine #2

> Eternal Marriage Is Essential for Exaltation
> Many people in the world consider marriage to be only a social custom, a
> legal agreement between a man and a woman to live together. But to
> Latter-day Saints, marriage is much more. Our exaltation depends on
> marriage. We believe that marriage is the most sacred relationship that
> exist between a man and a woman. This sacred relationship affects our
> happiness now and in the eternities.
> Heavenly Father has given us the law of eternal marriage so we can become
> like him. We must live this law to be able to have spirit children. The
> Lord has said:
> "In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees;
> And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of
> priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage];
> And if he does not, he cannot obtain it (D&C 131:1-3)."
> ---
> Anyone disagree that this is official Church doctrine?  Our missionaries
> teach it to investigators and it is taught to all new members as part of
> the Gospel Essentials Sunday School class.  Is this controversial, or
> what?  Are any of the Brethren divided on this?
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> "While we cannot agree with others on certain matters, we
> must never be disagreeable. We must be friendly,
> soft-spoken, neighborly, and understanding." (President
> Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2003)
> ===========================================
> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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