Last night I couldn't sleep, I picked up the October 2009 Ensign and really liked this part out of Elder Hales article called, Blessings of the Temple.
The Doctrine and Covenants teaches
us: “Whatsoever you seal on earth shall be
sealed in heaven; and whatsoever you bind
on earth, in my name and by my word, saith
the Lord, it shall be eternally bound in the
heavens” (D&C 132:46).
When a couple is kneeling at the altar, as a
sealer I am aware of my role as a representative
of the Lord. I know that what is sealed
on earth is literally sealed in heaven—never
to be broken if those being sealed remain
faithful and endure to the end.
I have observed over the years many
couples who have been able to maintain
strong and vital marriages as they remain true
to the covenants they take upon themselves
in the temple. These successful couples have
several things in common.
First, these couples know individually
who they are—sons and daughters of God.
They set eternal goals to once again live
with our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus
Christ. They strive to leave the ways of the
natural man behind (see Mosiah 3:19).
Second, they know the doctrine and the
importance of the saving temple ordinances
and temple covenants and their necessity in
achieving eternal goals.
Third, they choose to obtain the eternal
blessings of the kingdom of God rather than
the temporary possessions of the world.
Fourth, these couples realize that when
they are sealed for time and all eternity, they
have chosen an eternal companion—their
days for courting others are over! There is no
need to look any further!
Fifth, these couples think of one another
before themselves. Selfishness suffocates
spiritual senses. Communicating with the Lord
in prayer, they grow together and not apart.
They converse with each other, thereby never
letting little things become big things. They
talk early about the “little hurts” with little fear
of offending. In this way, when the pressure
in the kettle builds and the whistle goes off,
there is no explosion of bitter feelings. It is
so much better to let off a little steam before
the top blows off the pressure cooker. They
are willing to apologize and ask forgiveness if
they have hurt the one they love. They express
their love for each other and become closer.
They lift and strengthen one another.
(Really I only added this to my blog, so it would be included in my printed up blog book one day.)