I grew up as "mainstream" Christian and had been told that the Bible taught that marriage and family relationships as we know them were a temporary thing and ended at death. I liked the feeling I got when I went to church but the teachings didn't make sense. I discovered that this teaching wasn't necessarily in the Bible but was really just the opinion of Bible scholars.
My mother had died when I was eight. From that time on I lived with a lingering curiosity and was seeking answers to this mystery of life until my teenage years. The answers weren't there in the mainstream Bible teachings.
When I first heard the saying, "Families are Forever", I learned that it was a teaching unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon Church). I was interested in knowing what it meant.
As I learned more about the Mormon Church and its teachings I found answers about Jesus Christ and how his plan for our happiness was cent…