Earlier this month, I read an amazing post on Rainstorms and Love Notes about how she doesn't want her marriage to have a happy ending, but instead a sad one. At first that sounded a little strange to me, but as I read the post, it made a lot of sense. This post will make more sense if you've read hers first, so I'll wait here patiently while you do that. :)
When I was reading Ashley's post, I couldn't help but think about my own marriage and my beliefs. In LDS General Conference earlier this month, something from Elder Corbridge's talk stood out to me. He said,
"Marriage and family are not conventions of men until only death do us part. They are intended to be made eternal through covenants we make with God. The family is the pattern of heaven." (See also D&C 132: 5-33)
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I believe that marriages can last beyond this life and into the next. Our marriage ceremonies take place in beautiful temples around the world and although they are similar to other wedding ceremonies, there is one major difference. Instead of being married "until death do us part" we are told and we believe that we are "sealed for time and all eternity".
I love everything that Ashley said about not wanting a happy ending in her marriage, that she wants it to be gut-wrenching and sad when one of them dies. I hope that my marriage is always full of love and that when Joe and I are old and one of us passes away, there is sadness over our brief separation. But I'm also looking forward to our happy reunion on the other side of the veil and the beginning of our eternity together! Knowing that my marriage will last beyond this life is such an amazing blessing in my life. I can't imagine life without my husband and I don't want death to be the end of our love and relationship.
If you are looking for more information on temple sealings, I highly suggest the articles linked to below! You can also feel free to leave your questions in the comments of this post and I will answer them to the best of my ability.