Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

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er and thanksgiving; and at the solemniza tion, the persons to be married, standing to gether, the man on the right, and the woman  on the left, shall be addressed, by the person  officiating, as he shall be directed by the holy  Spirit; and if there be no legal objections, he  shall say, calling each by their names: “You  both mutually agree to be each other’s com panion, husband and wife, observing the legal  rights belonging to this condition; that is,  keeping yourselves wholly for each other, and  from all others, during your lives.” And  when they have answered “Yes,” he shall  pronounce them “husband and wife” in the  name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by virtue  of the laws of the country and authority vest ed in him: “may God add his blessings and  keep you to fulfill your covenants from hence forth and forever. Amen.”
3 The clerk of every church should keep  a record of all marriages, solemnized in his  branch.
4 All legal contracts of marriage made be fore a person is baptised into this church,  should be held sacred and fulfiled. Inas much as this Church of Christ has been re proached with the crime of fornication, and  polygamy: we declare that we believe, that  one man should have one wife; and one wo man, but one husband, except in case of death  when either is at liberty to marry again. It  is not right to persuade a woman to be bap tised contrary to the will of her husband, nei ther is it lawful to influence her to leave her  husband. All children are bound by law to [p. 439]
er and thanksgiving; and at the solemnization, the persons to be married, standing together, the man on the right, and the woman on the left, shall be addressed, by the person officiating, as he shall be directed by the holy Spirit; and if there be no legal objections, he shall say, calling each by their names: “You both mutually agree to be each other’s companion, husband and wife, observing the legal rights belonging to this condition; that is, keeping yourselves wholly for each other, and from all others, during your lives.” And when they have answered “Yes,” he shall pronounce them “husband and wife” in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by virtue of the laws of the country and authority vested in him: “may God add his blessings and keep you to fulfill your covenants from henceforth and forever. Amen.”
3 The clerk of every church should keep a record of all marriages, solemnized in his branch.
4 All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptised into this church, should be held sacred and fulfiled. Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife; and one woman, but one husband, except in case of death when either is at liberty to marry again. It is not right to persuade a woman to be baptised contrary to the will of her husband, neither is it lawful to influence her to leave her husband. All children are bound by law to [p. 439]
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