CELESTIAL MARRIAGE (Teachings of Joseph Smith)

Must Be Married by the Proper Authority in This Life — William Clayton (May 16, 1843)

He said that except a man and his wife enter into an everlasting covenant and be married for eternity while in this probation by the power and authority of the Holy priesthood they will cease to increase when they die (i e) they will not have any children in the resurrection, but those who are married by the power & authority of the priesthood in this life & continue without committing the sin against the Holy Ghost will continue to increase & have children in the celestial glory. 

Instruction, 16 May 1843, as Reported by William Clayton, pp. 14-15, The Joseph Smith Papers.

Refusal to Make Eternal Contracts on Earth Results in Being Single in Eternity — Franklin D. Richards (July 16, 1843)

All contracts in view of this Life only terminate with this Life. Case of the woman & 7 husbands Luke 20-29 &c

Those who keep no eternal Law in this life or make no eternal contract are single & alone in the eternal world (Luke 20-35) and are only made Angels to minister to those who shall be heirs of Salvation never becoming Sons of God having never kept the Law of God ie eternal Law

Discourse, 16 July 1843, as Reported by Franklin D. Richards, p. 22, The Joseph Smith Papers; underline and parentheses in original.

Everlasting Covenant of Marriage Necessary to Claim Wife in the Next Life — William Clayton (July 16, 1843)

He showed that a man must enter into an everlasting covenant with his wife in this world or he will have no claim on her in the next. He said that he could not reveal the fulness of these things untill the Temple is completed &c.

Discourse, 16 July 1843, as Reported by William Clayton, pp. 65-66, The Joseph Smith Papers.

Everlasting Covenant a Necessary Precedent for Eternal Marriage between Husband & Wife — History Draft (July 16, 1843)

. . . slightly touched upon the subject of the Everlasting Covenant, shewing that a man & his wife must enter into that Covenant in this world, & or he will have no claim on her in the next world; but on account of the unbelief of the people, I can not reveal the fulness of these things at present.

History Draft [1 March–31 December 1843], p. 56, The Joseph Smith Papers.

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