What happens in a Latter-day Saint temple sealing?
To Latter-day Saints, a temple sealing is one of the most meaningful promises that can be made.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that marriage and families can be eternal. This differs dramatically from the common wedding vow, “til death do we part.”
In temples of the Church of Jesus Christ, promises are made between the man and woman getting married and God. In this ceremony, the couple promises that they will continue to be a family unit forever, thus binding the children with their parents and the husband with their wife for the eternities. It is known as sealing because it seals families together for this life and the next.
Did you know?
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prefer not to be called “mormons” anymore? The term “mormon” is a nickname comes from a book of scripture called “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Christ.” Learn more.
The word Mormon is fine to use in proper names, like the Book of Mormon, or in historical expressions like the Mormon Trail. But we ask that you refer to us as “Latter-day Saints” or “members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ.”
Who can Participate?
Only worthy members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are able to participate and view these ceremonies within temples. However, it is a common practice for these couples who have family that cannot enter the temple to also practice a civil marriage so that they can participate, as well.
Only Latter-Day Saints are allowed to enter due to the sacredness of the ceremony.
Proxy for the dead
This sealing ceremony is also performed for ancestors that have already passed. Volunteers in the temple act as a proxy and seal families together one at a time. Those that have passed on and have a sealing performed on their behalf then have the opportunity to accept or reject that sealing and the associated promises.
There are thousands of temple sealings that take place in the Oakland Temple every single year.
Temple sealings are beautiful ceremonies that unite families for all of eternity. It allows members of the Church to celebrate an endless life with those that they love. This ceremony is one of the most sacred that takes place within the temple and is cherished among the Latter-Day Saints.
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