Thus did the false prophets and teachers of religion declare both celibacy and virginity
superior above every other estate; making even the marriage of men and women suspect;
making both the husband and wife continually dissatisfied and filled with remorse;
Having their passions seared with a hot iron, being devoured from within and consumed
from without, by all manner of doubt and guilt; causing that both husband and wife
should be filled with shame while yet they are married.
7. Hear then, my children, and be you wise and filled with stillness; make all hush
the soul within...
8. For in the marriage of men and women have the teachers and preachers of religion
greatly erred, not knowing in themselves the mind of God regarding the coming together
of both the man and the woman.
9. For they which sit in the uppermost seats of all the differing churches, do teach
the precepts of men and not God; proclaiming with stern admonitions that both the
man and the woman should refrain altogether from such sexual communion as would rise
and flourish most naturally between them, even till they be married and strongly
bound according to the laws of men;
10. Causing in itself that the marriage of men and women should be founded on that
which is less and not that which is greater; establishing in the heart of each, the
seeds of offense and misunderstanding regarding such passions and desires as might
exist between them.
11. And all of this because of such doctrines of sin and guilt as the teachers and
preachers of religion would bind most harshly on all who hear; hoping in themselves
that by so doing they might be free of those similar passions which do afflict them
also; yet are they likewise not free.
12. Thus are there even now many men and many women who enter marriage for the sake
of sex only; hoping that in so doing they might free themselves of such guilt and
shame as retards the affections of both the husband and the wife together.
13. Yet, for all these things is it rightly spoken: “What marriage have you except
that the husband should love his wife tenderly, and likewise the wife should love
her husband, and both with all their hearts?
14. For it is love and not the law which binds together the man and the woman whereby
they are made to become as one heart, one mind, one soul and one flesh; even forever
15. Consider therefore, the true nature of that marriage which even God would ordain
for your joy; for no marriage should be lightly entered into, seeing that God would
establish in the man and the woman together, the beginning of some great equality
wherein both might be mutually benefited by reason of great love and devotion.
16. Let the man and the woman reason rightly in themselves regarding the purpose
and nature of marriage; thinking most constantly in themselves concerning such goodly
things as they might do for the sake of the one they love;
17. Putting away from the soul the cravings of the self, but to give themselves instead
to some faithful devotion unto each the other, whereby they might draw from the soul
the heartseed of some greater love;
18. Building in the soul of both the man and the woman the beginnings of some far
more noble estate wherein the man and the woman are sealed together even as the Gods
whereby they might become as the Fathers and Mothers of great glory and light.
19. Know therefore, that in marriage did God ordain that the man and the woman should
bring forth children unto themselves; that through such love as they might bear for
their children, might both Father and Mother find for themselves still some greater
love for each the other.
20. Therefore, my children, be wise in the days of your sojourn upon the earth, and
entangle not yourselves any longer in such precepts as the teachers and preachers
of religion would foist upon you; for even as a loving Father would I counsel you
concerning such marriage as you would enter into.
21. For I would not have you ignorant of such conditions and understandings as God
would cause me to establish between that man and that woman who would desire to enter
the covenants of marriage for the sake of bringing forth children unto themselves.
22. For marriage is holy and filled with promise, giving to both the man and the
woman that special estate wherein they might imitate the Father and Mother which
dwell above; becoming in themselves both father and mother to the children they love;
23. That such experiences as do most naturally arise in the midst of all your families,
being most sacred throughout all acquaintances, familiarities and intimacies of family
life; being found most constantly between father and mother, parent and child; cause
that there might well up from deep within, that greater love which would seal forever,
both the husband and the wife together.
24. Let not your marriage, therefore, be founded upon that lesser portion whereby
you should equate sex with marriage only; being ever hopeful that therein you might
free yourself from the darkening gloom of guilt and shame; for you are free already,
and are at liberty before God to love and cherish whom you will, and this with all
25. Say not, therefore, that you will refrain from such sexual desires and expressions
as do arise most naturally within you till you are married; but say you rather among
yourselves that you will refrain from bringing forth children until you are altogether
entered into that covenant which even God has established for your joy.
26. Neither marry you another whereby you might seek to possess in bondage the one
you claim to love; for in marriage do both the man and the woman come forth together
in covenants of love and joy, being made equal in all and through all.
27. Holding for each the other a tender regard and an open acceptance toward all
those things which God would establish for your good; becoming unto each the other
the fulfillment of all desires and goodly expectations.
28. Therefore, when you marry, think not to satisfy your own desires and expectations,
but rather seek you most faithfully to fulfill the wishes and longings of the one
you love; and this with all manner of tender words and loving gestures.
29. For marriage is the greatest of unselfish acts, and if you would enter into it,
then must you be free of selfish cravings, but seek instead most earnestly and attentively
the happiness of the one you love.
30. For it is they and not some other who will lay upon the bed beside you, being
hopeful and desirous of bringing forth children; therefore, give of yourself in constant
devotions, and the love you bear for each the other shall daily grow, even until
you receive a fullness in the kingdom of God’s glory.
31. Only be you wise and ever watchful in the bringing forth of children, let wisdom
guide the passions of the body and spirit together; for if you bring forth more children
than you are able to bear, then shall your life be made heavy and filled with labor,
causing that there should come a breach between the husband and the wife, the parent
and the child.
32. Thus in the coming together of the husband and the wife in the midst of their
desiring, let there be love and music commingled together in fiery passions; for
children are best fashioned in the midst of love, being shaped and formed in the
womb by such emotions as come most readily between the father and mother together.
33. Open therefore the doors of your heart, that there may enter into the very soul
of you such wisdom as I would give regarding the coming together of the man and the
woman in marriage, wherein you might bring forth children unto yourselves.
34. For even I would have you know that in the covenant of marriage are you become
as partakers with God in bringing forth into mortality the spirit children of your
Heavenly Father and your Heavenly Mother, whereby they might seek for themselves
that greater portion while yet they dwell in tabernacles of flesh and bone.
Therefore, let the husband revere his wife with true affection, and let the wife
revere her husband also, for this is good and profitable. For marriage is ordained
of God, that you might become as fathers and mothers unto the children of God.