Gospel Doctrine D&C Lesson 31: "Sealed... for Time and for All Eternity"

Ramus, Illinois, situated twenty miles due east from Nauvoo, was the site of several significant visits from the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1843. Ramus was nearly exclusively LDS and reached a population of five hundred inhabitants at its peak. Benjamin F. Johnson, younger brother of Joel (founder of Ramus), lived there and was a favorite of Joseph's. In his home, in the spring of 1843, Joseph taught the Saints the items of instruction found in D&C 130 and 131. Also, as noted in the section heading, though Joseph received D&C 132 in 1831, at Hyrum's urging, he formally recorded this revelation in the summer of 1843 in Nauvoo.

Marriage from the Beginning

Sections 131 and 132 contain doctrines relative to the eternal nature of holy matrimony. These were not new doctrines. The Lord instituted marriage as the wholesome and perfecting relationship between men and women in the Garden of Eden (see History of the Church, 2:320; also Matt. 19:4-6).

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