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Dear Gramps;

What can you tell us about the marriage, the wives, and the children of Jesus?

Sally

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Dear Sally,

There is no place in the scriptures that explicitely states that the Savior was married. However, there is also no place in the scriptures that indicates that he was not married. Although he was the only person to live on the earth without sin, he nevertheless subjected himself to the ordinance of baptism, which is administered for the remission of sins. Although he did not need to be baptized for the remission of sins, he instructed John to perform the ordinance for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. The Savior demonstrated that he was not above the law, and subjected himself to all the laws and ordinances of the gospel, and thus became the exemplar of obedience to the Father.

Those who live in accordance with the covenants made at baptism are worthy to inherit the celestial kingdom. To achieve exaltation in the celestial kingdom it is necessary to enter into the new and everlasting covenant of marriage. It would be against all logic and reason to suppose that the Savior would not subject himself to the essential ordinance for exaltation in the celestial kingdom having complied with the essential ordinance to enter the celestial kingdom.

Several of the Brethren have stated the Jesus was married, and have expressed the opinion that he was the bridegroom at the wedding in Cana where he performed his first recorded miracle by changing water into wine to be used at the wedding feast. B. H. Roberts quotes Orson Hyde as follows:

“We say it was Jesus Christ who was married (at Cana) to the Marys and Martha, whereby he could see his seed before he was crucified.”-Apostle Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses, volume II.” (H. Roberts, Defense of the Faith and the Saints, Vol.2, p. 272.)

 

“To see his seed before he was crucified,” means that he would have had children. In another reference, Orson Hyde recorded the following:

 

“It will be borne in mind that once on a time, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and on a careful reading of that transaction, it will be discovered that no less a person than Jesus Christ was married on that occasion” (Journal of Discourses, Vol.4, p.259, Orson Hyde.)

 

Gramps

 

 

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