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Why is temple marriage important?

In our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness, a man and a woman can be sealed to one another for time and all eternity. Those who are sealed in the temple have the assurance that their marriage will continue forever if they are true to their covenants. They know that nothing, not even death, can permanently separate them.

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you study these scriptures and other resources about temple marriage, look for things that would help the young men feel how important it is to marry in the Lord’s temple.

D&C 49:16–17 (Marriage helps fulfill the purpose of the Creation)

D&C 131:1–4; 132:15–21 (Celestial marriage is required for exaltation)

The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129

L. Tom Perry, “Why Marriage and Family Matter—Everywhere in the World,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 39–42

David A. Bednar, “Marriage Is Essential to His Eternal Plan,” Ensign or Liahona, June 2006, 82–87

Richard G. Scott, “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 94–97

Marriage,” True to the Faith (2004), 97–101

Video: “Elder and Sister Bednar—Love”

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask each young man to think of a question that last week’s lesson answered, and then invite each young man to ask his question to the other members of the quorum. Take a few minutes to answer the questions.
  • Have the young men make a list of important life decisions. Have them identify the decisions they think will likely have the greatest impact on their eternal destiny and explain why they made their selections. If possible, show a picture of you and your wife on the day you were sealed in the temple. Share your feelings about your wife and the eternal importance of your temple sealing.

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand the importance of temple marriage. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Bring two or three objects (or pictures of objects) that demonstrate different levels of durability (for example, a plastic spoon and a metal spoon). Ask the young men to discuss why the more durable object is better than the less durable object. How does this relate to marriage? Ask the young men to read, watch, or listen to portions of Elder L. Tom Perry’s talk “Why Marriage and Family Matter—Everywhere in the World.” Ask the young men why they want to have a temple marriage.
  • Invite a quorum member to teach a portion of this lesson. He could do this as part of his Duty to God plan to learn and teach about eternal families (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
  • Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “Marriage Is Essential to His Eternal Plan” describes two reasons why marriage is essential and three guiding principles about the doctrine of eternal marriage. Assign each quorum member to read one of the reasons or principles and then teach someone else in the quorum what he learned about marriage from what he read. What experiences can they share that illustrate the importance of what Elder Bednar teaches?
  • As a quorum, read D&C 131:1–4 and “The New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage” in True to the Faith (page 98), looking for answers to the question “Why is temple marriage important?” If necessary, help the young men define any unfamiliar words or phrases. Ask quorum members to list some things that might keep young men from marrying in the temple. What can they do now to make sure they marry in the temple?
  • Give each young man a copy of Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage.” How did Elder Scott feel about his eternal companion? What impresses the young men about his relationship with his wife? Ask them to ponder what it would take to achieve a relationship like Elder and Sister Scott’s. Young men might also enjoy watching the video “Elder and Sister Bednar—Love” to learn about Elder and Sister Bednar’s marriage.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand the importance of temple marriage? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Bear his testimony about the importance of temple marriage and his desire to marry in the temple.
  • Challenge members of the quorum to commit to marrying in the temple someday.