Question box: Can a Mormon marry a Christian?

May 12, 2011

Question: Can a Mormon marry a Christian?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: First of all, Mormons are Christians, but I’ll respond to the question: can a Mormon marry a non-Mormon?. The answer is yes, but that’s not the whole story. Mormons can marry whomever they please in a legally-binding ceremony, and it will be recognized by the church as as valid marriage. But Mormons also have a ceremony unique to Mormonism called a “sealing”, where a Mormon couple can be married “for time and all eternity” (no “till death do you part” involved). These ceremonies are performed in temples, and like all temple ceremonies are only available to active Mormons. Being sealed is a very important thing in our religion, so interfaith marriages are usually the exception rather than the rule.

More on the subject of Mormons and marriage:
I’m in love with a Mormon: what now?

Can Mormons get divorced?

Why temple marriage?

Jeff Lindsay’s Love, Dating, Marriage, and Morality: The Latter-Day Saint Way

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5 Responses to “Question box: Can a Mormon marry a Christian?”

  1. ivan

    Can you direct me to the scripture yall take this belief from? I only ask because I thought that Jesus told the pharasiese (spelling) that there was no marriage in heaven. I ask this in the most honest and non judgemental way.

  2. Cindy

    Matthew 22, “29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”
    That doesn’t mean that we can’t be with our spouses or loved ones in heaven though.  The Bible describes how our dependence on Christ assures our eternal life with God: ” But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
    Belief is receiving; a personal reliance, or dependence on what God has done, so each person who places his or her faith in what God has done for us through Christ can be assured of eternal life with God and all other believers in Christ!


  3. Plus Mormons are Christians.

  4. One key to understanding the scripture you refer to is to understand who was asking the question and why, as well as who “they” are who do not marry nor are given in marriage.

    Firstly, those who asked the question (the Sadducees) who didn’t believe in the resurrection at all. They weren’t asking that question because they really wanted to know the answer. They were asking to mock Jesus’ belief in the resurrection. Jesus was answering this mockery of the resurrection more than he was teaching them about marriage.

    Secondly, we (as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) don’t believe that those who are married temporally will be married in the afterlife either. The “they” referred to are those who marry temporally, as the people used in the Sadducee’s example were married temporally.

    To the sealing power, which the LDS church understands to include eternal marriage, there is plenty of Biblical reference. For a few examples, Matthew 16:19 references the power to bind in heaven <I>and</i> on earth. Also Mark 10 talks about marriage, saying “what therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder,” indicating that God has the ability to join a man and woman together permanantly and eternally. Thirdly, teaching about the proper use of head coverings of the time, Paul in 1 Corinthians 11 mentions that in the Lord, man and women are one, neither without the other. This also indicates that there is some form of eternal binding of man and woman. There are similar mentions in Genesis, Mark, and Ephesians, as well as the Book of Mormon as a second testimony of Christ.

  5. Cindy

    Jesus was teaching the Sadducees about BOTH resurrection and marriage.  You know not about the scriptures NOR the power of God.
    Believers in their glorified bodies will be like the angels, (He did not say people will become angels) for angels do not reproduce themselves. There will be no need for marriage in the next life because there will be no death. Therefore it will not be necessary to bear children to replace those who die. When the crowds heard His teaching they were impressed (v. 33).