Can children who are sealed to their adoptive parents in the Mormon temples get un-sealed to them and then be sealed to their natural parents?

Posted on January 30, 2007 at 7:18 pm

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Dear Gramps,

When children, who were adopted get sealed to their adoptive parents for eternity in the Lord’s temple, is it possible for them to later on get un-sealed from them? Do they still have a chance to be with their biological parents in heaven? Even if their biological parents were not members nor baptized in the Church? What if they are in Spirit Prison?

C.H., from California

Dear C.H.

You would probably be surprised at how much mis-information is floating around about temple sealings. For instance, if you were to access the Ask Gramps site and under “Search Ask Gramps” write in “sealing,” over 30 articles would come up that address such questions as yours. Nevertheless, let’s try it one more time. First, what types of sealings are performed in the holy temples? –two types. Wives are sealed to their husbands, and children are sealed to their parents. Period.. Secondly, who may enter the temple to participate in the sealing ordinances? To enter the temple, one must have a temple recommend which is issued after searching interviews by the person’s Bishop and Stake President. These interview are conducted to verify the worthiness of the person to participate in the sacred temple ordinances. These ordinances involve covenants that the participants make with the Lord to be obedient to the Lord’s specific commandments that are revealed in the scriptures. If a person is not in compliance with those commandments and in the temple certifies that he is in compliance, that would be a lie directly to the Lord. Such a person should not be put under the obligation to be put in such a compromising position. Thus, the temple recommend is a safeguard and a protection to the person desiring to enter the temple.

Concerning the sealing of wive to husbands–candidates must come to the temple with valid marriage licences issued by the controlling government agency that legalizes marriages. They may be different in different States and different countries. But a marriage in the temple must comply with all the appropriate laws of the land. Now, what is the significance of a temple marriage? If the participants live in accordance with the temple marriage covenants of obedience to the laws of God, as the scriptures say—

And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood;…. it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever. Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory. For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me. But if ye receive me in the world, then shall ye know me, and shall receive your exaltation; that where I am ye shall be also (Doctrine & Covenants 132:19-23).

The concept in the above latter-day scripture that men may become gods is undoubtedly looked on as blasphemy by the sectarian world. However, it is a doctrine that is amply and unequivocally taught in the Holy Bible, and if a person does not believe that through obedience to all the laws and ordinances of the gospel men can be exalted by the father to become gods with Him in the eternities, in spite of their protestations to the contrary, they simply do not believe in or understand what is written in the Holy Bible. If you would like to review the bible references to this subject, enter in the search box under “Search Ask Gramps” in askgramps.org the phrase, “human beings can become gods.” In doing so, please don’t enter the quotation marks, just the words.

Such people referred to in the Bible and in the Doctrine & Covenants will be exalted in the celestial Kingdom of God, living with Him in the eternities as heirs with the Savior of all that the Father has, as taught by Paul in his epistle to the Romans—

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together (Romans 8:16-17).

Children born to those who have been sealed as husband and wife in the temple will belong to their parents for eternity. It is said of them that they are “born under the covenant,” meaning the marriage covenant of their parents. If the parents are sealed together in the temple after their civil marriage, and they already have children, those children must be sealed to their parents by the power of the holy priesthood. They are then treated in every way as though they had been born under the covenant. If the child is not the naturally born child of the parents, the child must be legally adopted to comply with the laws of the land before it can be sealed to its parents.

I think that this rather verbose explanation should help answer the questions that you pose.

Gramps

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When children, who were adopted get sealed to their adoptive parents for eternity in the Lord's temple, is it possible for them to later on get un-sealed from them? Do they still have a chance to be with their biological parents in heaven? Even if their biological parents were not members nor baptized in the Church?

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