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“Why marriage, why family” by D. Todd Christofferson

DIXON HERZOG | Scroll Photography

DIXON HERZOG | Scroll Photography

During the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on marriage and family.

Elder Christofferson said to understand how a marriage between a man and a women show their love for each other and create happiness, they need to go back to the beginning.

“Prophets have revealed that we first existed as intelligences, and that we were given form, or spirit bodies, by God, thus becoming His spirit children —sons and daughters of heavenly parents,” Christofferson said.

Elder Christofferson said the plan of salvation was designed to allow us a path to be perfected and become like our heavenly father.

Elder Christofferson said four things were needed in order to perfect this plan: the creation of the earth, the condition of mortality, the redemption from the fall and being born again into the Kingdom of God.

“He ordained that parents should establish families and rear their children in light and truth,” Elder Christofferson said.

Elder Christofferson said nothing is more important that physical birth and spiritual rebirth along with understanding why we left the presence of Heavenly Father.

“A family built on the marriage of a man and woman supplies the best setting for God’s plan to thrive,” Elder Christofferson said.

Elder Christofferson said the role of the family is not based on social sciences, but but on truth that they are God’s creation.

“To declare the fundamental truths relative to marriage and family, is not to overlook or diminish the sacrifices and success of those for whom the ideal is not a present reality,” Elder Christofferson said.

Elder Christofferson said the atonement of Jesus Christ will compensate for everyone’s circumstance and that no one is predestined to receive less than anyone else.

“May marriages flourish and families prosper, and whether our lot is a fullness of the blessings in mortality or not, may the Lord’s grace bring happiness now and faith in sure promises to come,” Christofferson said.

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