Marriage is an essential component to the LDS plan of salvation. When a marriage is sealed for time and eternity in the temple, it can be referred to as an eternal marriage, a temple marriage, or a Celestial marriage. A benefit of fulfilling a Mormon’s divine potential by following the plan of salvation is receiving an eternal family. A single person can attain the Celestial kingdom, but only a married person can reach exaltation, which is the highest level within the Celestial kingdom. A marriage sealed in the temple is not only a sacred and eternal covenant between a man and a woman, but also a partnership with God. By obeying all of the commands and ordinances of the LDS Church, a man and a woman can fulfill their part of the covenant. Their worthiness will dictate whether God will fulfill His part of the covenant and grant them an eternal marriage.
“In our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness, a man and a woman can be sealed to one another for time and all eternity. Those who are sealed in the temple have the assurance that their relationship will continue forever if they are true to their covenants. They know that nothing, not even death, can permanently separate them. The covenant of eternal marriage is necessary for exaltation.” (True to the Faith, p. 98)