Did you know that, although the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are commonly called Mormons, they ask to be called by their correct name Latter-day Saints ?
As well as using the wrong name and not knowing how to call them, there are other doubts about The Church, especially about marriages. Next, we explain what Latter-day Saints' weddings are and what marriage means to them.
How are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marriages?
For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marriage is the union of a man and a woman as equal partners in society. The Bible teaches God s expectations regarding marriage. Beyond a civil contract with legal benefits, marriage also carries spiritual and emotional significance.
For The Church, marriage is an essential part of God s plan, and the relationship between husband and wife is a common theme in scriptures. Latter-day Saints believe that a man and woman married in the temple can be together forever.
Despite everything, Latter-day Saints recognize that not all marriages last forever, not all children are born from married parents, and not all married people are able to have children.
How are the weddings of the Latter Day Saints?
Actually, the temple marriage ceremony lasts less than five minutes, but most weddings have the same ritual:
The couple is asked to be at the temple an hour before the appointed time so that temple officials can check the marriage license and other papers, and prepare the necessary documents.
The bride and groom then proceed to change into her wedding gown and temple robes.
The sealer will talk to the couple, giving them solid advice and counsel about their marriage and their new life together. So they can build a successful relationship in unity and love.
Can Latter-day Saints get married to non-members of the Church?
Of course, members can marry a person who is not a member of the Church but it implies some differences. The most important is that the marriage ceremony cannot be held in a temple.
When a member of the Church marries a person who is not a Latter-day Saint, the ceremony can be held in a Latter-day Saint church, garden, courtroom or any other location. However, marriage ceremonies outside the temple are not considered to be for eternity.
Because every couple is different, the religious practices and traditions after marriage will differ. It is common for an active member to continue practicing the religion and teaching Christ s gospel to their children even if the spouse is not a member of the church.
Spouses of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are welcome and invited to participate in different activities such as daily scripture study, prayer, weekly church attendance, weekly family night, regular recreational activities, regular temple attendance, daily striving to follow Christ, and service in the community and at church.
Where are the temples in the Philippines?
There are only two temples in the country, one in Lahug in Cebu City and one in Manila. The temple in Manila has four ordinance rooms, three sealing rooms and a total area of 2,478.9 m2. As of last year, with approximately 750,000 church members in the Philippines, the temples also serve members for weddings and other ordinances in Micronesia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, India, and parts of Myanmar/Burma.Click here for further information