KATIE MCKENNA | Scroll Photography

KATIE MCKENNA | Scroll Photography

During the Saturday morning session of General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about the importance of the sacred family unit.

“The commandment to multiply and replenish the earth has never been rescinded,” Packer said. “Through the righteous exercise of this power, we may come close to our Father in Heaven and experience a fullness of joy, even Godhood.”

Packer said our happiness in mortal life, our joy and exaltation, are dependent upon how we respond to persistent physical desires.

Packer said resisting temptations help love between a man and a wife grow stronger.

“Mature love has a bliss not even imagined by newlyweds,” Packer said.

Packer said true love requires reserving the sharing of that affection until after marriage, which unlocks those sacred powers that are given to His children to multiply and replenish the earth.

“Pure love presupposes that only after a pledge of eternal fidelity, a legal and a lawful ceremony, and ideally after the sealing ordinance in the temple, are those procreative powers released in God’s eye for the full expression of love,” Packer said.