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LDS Church view on Divorce?


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#1 Hyena

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

The church from all I've seen is very family oriented and places God's desires and dictates well above its own. So where does that leave the Church in its official stance on the divorce of members? Is this allowed, yet frowned upon? Or does the Church have a policy against divorce sternly? How is this complicated (or not) by sealing? I'm not married, but my mind was thinking of things that could potentially happen in the future.

#2 Just_A_Guy

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

The LDS Church does not prohibit divorce; but it naturally warns that divorce is a last resort to be tried after using every possible measure to save the marriage. (Obviously, in some cases - e.g. abuse - this just won't be possible.) Theologically, a "sealing" will only be valid in the eternities if both parties have honored their covenants during this life--so if a couple breaks their marital vows and divorces, the bond between the couple will be erased. However, as an administrative matter, the Church will usually leave the record of the sealing "on the books" until one party to the marriage or the other remarries, at which time they can apply for a "cancellation of sealing" prior to marrying the new spouse.

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