The Eternal Family (REL C 200)

Readings selected from publications of the Religious Studies Center

The Eternal Family and the Nature of God

  • James T. Duke, “Eternal Marriage,” in Latter-day Saint Essentials: Readings from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. John W. Welch and Devan Jensen (Provo, UT: BYU Studies and Religious Studies Center, 2002), 105–8.
  • Samuel Morris Brown, “The Olive Leaf and the Family of Heaven,” in You Shall Have My Word: Exploring the Text of the Doctrine and Covenants, ed. Scott C. Esplin, Richard O. Cowan, and Rachel Cope (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2012), 182–91.

The Plan of Salvation and the Eternal Family

  • Gerald N. Lund, “Plan of Salvation,” in Latter-day Saint Essentials: Readings from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. John W. Welch and Devan Jensen (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2002), 85–90

The Roles of Prophets, Seers, and Revelators in the Teaching of the Eternal Family

Gender Is an Essential Characteristic

Eternal Covenants and Ordinances

  • David Rolph Seely, “The Restoration as Covenant Renewal” in Sperry Symposium Classics: The Old Testament, ed. Paul Y. Hoskisson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2005), 311–36.
  • Don F. Colvin, “Spiritual Blessings,” in Nauvoo Temple: A Story of Faith (2002), 106–26.
  • Richard J. McClendon and Debra Theobald McClendon, "Commitment to the Covenant: LDS Marriage and Divorce," in By Divine Design: Best Practices for Family Success and Happiness, ed. Brent L. Top and Michael A. Goodman (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2014), 93–116.

Dating and Courtship

  • Bruce A. Chadwick, Brent L. Top, and Richard J. McClendon, “Dating and Marriage,” in Shield of Faith: The Power of Religion in the Lives of LDS Youth and Young Adults (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2010), 219–46.

The True Nature of Love

  • James T. Duke, “Eternal Marriage,” in Latter-day Saint Essentials: Readings from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. John W. Welch and Devan Jensen (Provo, UT: BYU Studies and Religious Studies Center, 2002), 105–8.

The Law of Chastity

Intimacy in Marriage

  • Kent R. Brooks, “Paul’s Inspired Teachings on Marriage,” in Go Ye into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles, 31st Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2002), 75–97.

Sanctity of Life

Principles of Happiness in Family Life

  • Bruce A. Chadwick, Brent L. Top, and Richard J. McClendon, “Family Life,” in Shield of Faith: The Power of Religion in the Lives of LDS Youth and Young Adults (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2010), 247–64.
  • Mark D. Ogletree, "Healing the Time-Starved Marriage," in By Divine Design: Best Practices for Family Success and Happiness, ed. Brent L. Top and Michael A. Goodman (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2014), 51–92.
  • Brent L. Top and Bruce A. Chadwick, "A House of Faith: How Family Religiosity Strengthens Our Children," in By Divine Design: Best Practices for Family Success and Happiness, ed. Brent L. Top and Michael A. Goodman (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2014), 223–255.

By Divine Design—Partnership in Marriage

  • E. Jeffrey Hill and David C. Dollahite, "Faithful Fathering," in By Divine Design: Best Practices for Family Success and Happiness, ed. Brent L. Top and Michael A. Goodman (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2014), 193–221.
  • E. Jeffrey Hill, "Finding Life Harmony as We Struggle to Juggle," in By Divine Design: Best Practices for Family Success and Happiness, ed. Brent L. Top and Michael A. Goodman (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2014), 1–22.

Parenting Principles

Providing for Temporal Needs

Promoting and Defending the Family