Nauvoo Temple Sociology

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) have created a unique meaning and structure for marriage over time, because of the churches believes about the afterlife. Unlike other marriages, LDS marriages are held in temples and regarded higher than any other marriage. In the spring of 1841 the temple called Nauvoo was being built overlooking the Mississippi River . During that time Joseph Smith Jr. prophesied at the Nauvoo temple on July 12, 1843 about temple marriages and ceilings. He said onto his people that God has revealed to him the following “Therefore, if a man marry him a wife in the world, and he marry her not by me nor by my word, and he covenant with her so long as he is in the world and she with him, their covenant and…show more content…
This was a statement outlining the LDS Church’s views on marriage and gender roles. The proclamation illustrated that men and women are equal in marriage, but husband must bring structure to the marriage like a bishop and Priesthood holder. This indicates the husband is responsible for all that comes with the priesthood, bible study for the family, and the spatial welling of the family; while the wife is responsible for Primary, Relief Society and the family’s wellbeing. Even though the husband is to lead the wife this does not mean he is a dictator rather he is like Adam who ruled over Eve. The proclamation did not just outline the gender roles, but it also was input into temple marriages. When getting married in the temple the couple must get their endowments. In the endowment ceremony the wife must take place of Eve and the husband in place of Adam. This means as part of their commitment to one another the wife is to submit to the husband at a degree, and he has to lead his family into the glory of the celestial kingdom in heaven. Even though the Family proclamation outlined the Church’s views on marriage and gender roles there is still a couple of steps and process a LDS member must do before getting…show more content…
There is one difference in lesions for the men and woman because the men uphold the priesthood, but what is need for one to marry in the temple are the same. According to the Aaronic Priesthood manual a man must know how to spiritually uplift their spouse and children, but also have a couple steps done before getting married. The first step is having gone to seminary and institute as a young adult. Then has served a mission (this can be looked over or modified if one is a convert, or have a health reason for not going off to a mission) Lastly they can have an eternal marriage and an eternal life in exaltation, while woman do not have to serve a mission to be married, but do need to serve others in their church or around them. Other than the mission work both men and women

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