The Mormon Faith & Black Folks
Question #20

Q. Why do Mormons believe in Marriage in Heaven when Jesus said there was NO Marriage in Heaven?

A. Jesus said there was “NO” marriage in Heaven for the “children of THIS world”! His own disciples were NOT the “children of THIS world”, but the “Children of Light”.

The Sadducees, who were under the Law of Moses, came to Him and told him of a Sadducee woman with seven husbands, and asked Him which husband she would have in the Resurrection. This was not a sincere question on their part. They had heard that Jesus was teaching marriage in Heaven, and they thought they could trap Him in a snare by pointing-out a woman who had seven husbands. But Jesus told them that all of them, the woman and her seven husbands, would be like the Angels in Heaven, and would not be married. He said:

The children of this world  marry, and are given in marriage;

35. But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection of the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage:

36. Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” (Luke 20:34-36)

Under LDS Doctrine, even Sadducees will go to Heaven after the Day of Resurrection , but they will go there are Ministering Angels; not as Immortals (like Adam and Eve). Under Catholic and Protestant doctrine, the Sadducees will burn in Hell forever; because they did not accept Jesus. But under LDS Doctrine, those who have not heard the Gospel in this life will have a chance to hear it and accept it in the Spirit-World (the existence between death and the Resurrection of the Dead). The Catholic and Prostestant interpretation cannot be correct; since Jesus told the Sadducees that the Sadducee woman and her seven husbands would be “angels in Heaven”, and not burn in Hell forever. Only the Mormon interpretation can be correct. Jesus was not referring to His own disciples, but was specifically asked about the Sadducee woman and her seven dead husbands.

Jesus never referred to His disciples as the “children of this world”. He referred to them as:

The Children of Light (John 12:36)

The Children of the Bridechamber (Luke 18:29)

The Children of the Kingdom (Matt. 13:38)

In one of His parables He said:

“And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” (Luke 16:8)

The Children of this World and the Children of Light are not the same! The latter are the Elect of God. The former refer to everyone else.

Jesus also said of His disciples:

“They are not of this world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 17:16)

“The Children of this World” refers to non-Christians, and not to “The Children of Light”. Jesus was not saying that there was no marriage in Heaven for His disciples, but for the “children of this world”. This is perfectly consistent with LDS doctrine!

Since both Catholic and Protestant (including Evangelical) theology teaches that Sadducees who have died before Jesus or who did not accept Jesus as their Lord will spent eternity burning in Hell, it means that for their interpretation to be correct, Jesus must have been lying, or was confused by their question; mistakenly thinking they were asking about the fate of His disciples, and not their own members of the Sadducee sect.

Remember, the Sadducees were not asking about the fate of His disciples, but a woman and her seven husbands who were Sadducees! Jesus said, “They shall be like the angels in Heaven”. This contradicts all belief-systems; except for Mormonism!

LDS Doctrine agrees with Jesus; that under the Law of Moses, a man and woman were bound or loosed only on earth; not in Heaven. But under the Priesthood of the Son of God, men and woman could be bound on earth and in Heaven as well; as well as loosed. Only faithful Latter-day Saints who are sealed in the Temple and remain faithful and worthy all of their lives (endure to the end) are eternally married, or bound in Heaven as they were on earth. They shall become Immortals, receive the honorary title of “God”, and  beget and raise children in the Eternal Worlds; while all others shall become Ministering Angels; eternally single, celebate, alone, and without posterity.

In a revelation from the LORD to Joseph the Seer, it says:

“Therefore, if a man marry him a wife in the world [while they are alive], and he marry her not by me [not in the Temple] nor by my word [priesthood], and he covenant with her so long as he is in the world and she with him, their covenant and marriage are not in force when they are out of the world [dead], therefore, they are not bound by any law when they are out of the world.

16 Therefore, when they are out of the world they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are appointed angels in heaven, which angels are ministering servants, to minister to those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory.

17 For these angels did not abide my law [eternal marriage covenant]; therefore, they cannot be enlarged [exalted]; but remain separately and singly, without exaltations, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and form henceforth are not gods, but are angels of God forever and ever.


19 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of Promise, by him who is anointed [temple sealer/High Priest], unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of the priesthood; and it shall be said unto them–Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection, in the next resurrection, and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms , principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths–then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder wherefore to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby ye shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant [the High Priest who is the Temple Sealer/Eternal Marriage officiator] hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity, and shall be in full force when they are out of the world [dead]; and they shall by pass the angels, and the gods [Aeons], which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fullness and a continuation of the seeds [their posterity] forever and ever.

20 They shall be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.

21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except you abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.” (Doctrine and Covenants 132:16-21)

A man and a woman who are sealed in a Mormon Temple by a High Priest (called a “Sealer”) who has been anointed with the sealing power, the same power that Jesus gave to Peter to ‘bind on earth what shall be bound in Heaven’, shall, if they abide in the Law of Christ (i.e. obey His commandments) and do not shed innocent blood (all other sins can be repented of and exaltation not lost except for this sin) shall receive, in the Resurrection, or Day of Judgment, a reward and station higher than that of the angels of God. They shall become Immortals (like Adam and Eve), and shall receive the adoption of God, and shall inherit all things; which are Eternal Life, and the title of god . This means they shall be given dominion over their own world (planet); just like Adam and Eve were given dominion over this world (until they lost it to Satan because of sin).

Immortality does not mean “to live forever”, but it means the state of an Immortal! To become an Immortal means to receive immortality. To become an Immortal means to receive Eternal Life; the kind of life belonging to an Aeon (Eternal Being) It means to inherit four things:

1. Thrones

2. Dominions

3. Principalities

4. Powers

What are these thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers? These are divine offices that spirits receive. They are offices higher than those of the angels.

A Throne is a divine title or office that a man and a woman receive as a reward for their faithfulness in this life. It is for those who have been sealed in the Temple, have  overcome all the temptations  and  tests of mortality, and who have endured to the end.

In the ancient mystical Jewish book of Baruch, who was the scribe of the prophet Jeremiah, it says that Baruch was praying one day and the Angel Sutuel appeared to him in a vision. The angel showed Baruch the Heavenly Jerusalem. There Baruch saw a huge gate, and within the gate there were people in glorious white garments sitting upon thrones. Baruch asks the angel who were the people who had entered through the gate and sat upon the thrones. The Angel Sutuel replied:

“Blessed are these who enter through this gate. (Here) the husband remains with his wife, and the wife remains with her husband.” (Baruch 5)

The Greek Orthodox Church teaches this about Thrones:

“The Thrones are called ‘God-bearing’ not according to essence but according to grace, given for their service, which is mystically and incomprehensibly to bear God in themselves.” (Orthodox Life, Nov./Dec. 1968, p.1 online)

A Dominion is something one receives as a part of the inheritance or reward for becoming Exalted. Adam and Eve received this planet, the Planet called Earth, as a dominion. The reason why this planet is so wicked and evil is because Satan has dominion over it. Anyone who has dominion over a planet, or a solar system, or a galaxy, or a cosmos  is called a “god”. To be a “god” means you have dominion over something. The LORD said to Moses, “I will make thee a god to Pharaoh” (Exodus 7:1). Pharaoh didn’t worship Moses, but the LORD gave Moses dominion over Pharaoh; power and control over him and all he had authority over.  The Almighty God has dominion over all things. Only He has universal dominion. Thus He is called the One True God, because only HE truly has dominion. Every other Aeon is His servant and deputy; acting under His authority and power and command.

The Apostle Paul calls Satan “the god of this world” ( 2 Corinthians 4:4 ) because he currently has dominion over it. This is why this planet is so evil.   But this will change; when Christ returns, and Adam and Eve are again granted dominion over it; under the Son of God.

Those who are not sealed by the Priesthood shall become angels in Heaven; ministering servants to those who are exalted. As the gods are the servants of the Most High God, so the angels shall be the servants of the gods.

Angels in Heaven are single and celebate for all eternity. Immortals are man and woman together for all eternity; in Gardens of Eden, with the ability to continue their seed and ‘multiply and replenish the earth’. The power to propagate our seed after death and to lay down and take up our own life as Jesus had the power to lay down and take up His are among the powers that Immortals receive. They also receive principalities and thrones. Angels do not receive such things, but are everlasting servants to others who inherit Eternal Life.

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