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How Can We Have An Eternal Family?

I attended a traditional Christian church with my parents as a young boy.  I later learned that the fundamental precepts of our theology were that marriage and family relationships as we know them were temporary and ended at death. I did like the feeling I got when I went to church but the teachings didn't really make sense

My mother died a month before I turned nine. After her death, I lived with a lingering curiosity about heaven and wondering if there were answers to this mystery of life. The vague concepts of what heaven might be like in traditional Protestantism were not that reassuring.

I later learned that the idea of eternal family relationships was a teaching unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon Church).

As I attended church with some friends and learned about what they believed about life after death it made so much sense. The plan of life and salvation that centers on Jesus Christ and was ordained by our Father in Heaven is centered in …
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