“Till death do us part.” This phrase is very familiar to most people because of its place in wedding ceremonies.
Mormons believe in the priesthood, which is the authority to act in the name of God. Through this priesthood, sacred ordinances can be performed such as baptism, the sacrament, and marriage. Jesus referred to the priesthood when he told Peter in Matthew 16:19:
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Just as the apostles in Jesus’ time held this priesthood and were able to ‘bind’ things for eternity, there are also priesthood holders today. In Mormon temples, priesthood holders known as “sealers” perform a sacred wedding ceremony known as a sealing. During this ceremony, the bride and groom are promised wonderful blessings if they stay true to their covenants with each other and with God.
What an amazing blessing that husband and wife can be ‘bound’ together forever! When one spouse dies, the other has the comfort of knowing that their bond and love is not terminated. Instead, they can look forever to the time when they are reunited again with their spouse in the next life.
Would you want your marriage to end at death or rather have the opportunity to be together forever?