There are some speculations I learned about by all the sermons to the contrary. When I was much, much younger, I read a lot of sermons and essays and excerpts. One thing that struck me was the number of talks by Prophets and Apostles who spent a lot of time lecturing that speculation born of the mores of the day was wrong and that women were equal to men and to be treated as equal partners in marriage, not treated as property or subservient.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve constantly run across speculation to the contrary. That proves just how dense some people are and explains why the huge mass of preaching correcting that conclusion. It is obvious that some people just don’t get the message about what the doctrine really is and what the scriptures should mean, out of all the possibilities. My thoughts, on realizing that point, were wondering what in all the sermons I had probably missed (just like those guys missed the point) and I got to wondering about my own blind spots.
Rather than leave you guessing, I am going to engage in some speculation so you won’t have to wonder where my blind spots are. Don’t worry, I’ve more than enough mistakes for a lot more posts.
Consider, we know that the Church approves of some people fully cohabiting with each other who can never be sealed to each other. How do we know that? Because it approves of cohabitation between people who are married and sealed to other people. There is no question that widows and widowers, when sealed to others, can still be married for time or joined in civil unions without any disapproval and with official Church sanction. Apparently if your spouse is just far enough away (as in Paradise, rather than just on a mission or to another country) cohabiting with someone else is considered appropriate.
Think about the implications for theory and practice. Obviously I’ve a blind spot there or you would have had many other essays in the bloggernacle in favor of weddings involving people who theology currently does not allow to be sealed using that point.
Go ahead, explain my mistakes on this point and other points I’ve made. Comments are open 😉