We declare that these keys of priesthood authority were directly restored by Peter, James and John n May of 1829. Here is a video of one of the modern day apostle and prophet describing this event:
Elijah the Prophet apparently held specific special keys of authority pertaining to eternal family relationships also and his return prior to the Second Coming of Christ was promised in the last two verses of the Old Testament:
His return, and the specific keys of priesthood authority were so very critical to the Lord’s plan, that without it, the earth would be “smitten with a curse” or as is stated by the angel Moroni, who delivered the ancient records from which The Book of Mormon was translated. On his initial visit, he paraphrased this same passage, but put it in some different terms::
1 BEHOLD, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
2 And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers.
3 If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 2:1 – 3)
Elijah did appear to the prophet, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery April 3, 1836 as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants:
13 After this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:
14 Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—
15 To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—
16 Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 110:13 – 16)
This “turning of the hearts of fathers to the children and the children to the fathers” has generated a massive undertaking of microfilming records around the world and indexing them into a computer database for genealogical research and the development of the online tool: <https://familysearch.org/
This highly important work is so critical to the Lord’s plan, because, it involves identifying our ancestors (and before the thousand year millennium is completed, it will identify every one who has ever lived on the earth) so that those who did not live in times and places where they could have a chance to accept or reject the gospel of Jesus Christ and choose to follow him or not could have the essential ordinances of salvation, such as baptism, performed in their behalf by proxy. The gospel being taught in the world of spirits (see 1 Peter 4:6), then, provides that every last child of God will have had a chance to accept the gospel and will have been able to have their earthly ordinances performed for them in the sacred temples . That work is now proceeding in over 130 temples around the world. Without this offering to all of God’s children, his purposes would be “utterly wasted at his coming”.
Now, why am I explaining this work? Well, because the binding of families together is part of it, but it is done only under the auspices of those special priesthood keys held by Peter and restored specifically by Elijah.
HOWEVER; the promises associated with this binding or sealing of families are contingent upon entering and keeping the promises made as part of the covenant and keeping those promises which involve living righteously. According the Lord, relatively few would enter this path:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14)
It is not generally understood what the Lord meant by the word “life” but it was clarified to the Prophet Joseph in July of 1843:
9 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.
20 Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.
21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.
22 For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me.
23 But if ye receive me in the world, then shall ye know me, and shall receive your exaltation; that where I am ye shall be also.
24 This is eternal lives—to know the only wise and true God, and Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent. I am he. Receive ye, therefore, my law.
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 132:19 – 24)
Mark, we are criticized and even mocked because we adhere to this doctrine. It is said that we are bringing God down to our level, when the reality is that he, as our Father is offering all that he has and is to those of his children who are willing to prepare to CARRY ON THE NEXT GENERATION. Those who mock this doctrine seem to ignore the passages referring to our being the “offspring of God” (Acts 17:29) such as:
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;
if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
(Romans 8:16 – 17)
As joint heirs with Christ, we stand to inherit “all things”, and to me that implies all knowledge, all power and capacity to procreate spirit children.
1 GOD, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
See also Revelation 3:21:
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Please note that those who do not prepare for this royal eternal role, one of carrying on the next generation, so to speak, will not be in hell as it is commonly taught, but will inherit a degree of glory for which they have prepared.; however, this is another discussion. Those who are not involved in the “continuation of lives” will not be able to have increase in the form of spirit children and will not be married, for their marriage was promised only “until death they part”. Jesus is quoted in Matthew 7:13 as describing the alternitive: “…and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:” which would be better understood if the translation had said “… leadeth to damnation” referring to not participating in the eternal continuation of families.
Well, this is a long way to lead up to the answer to your question about potential plurality of marriages in the hereafter. Obviously, Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness relating to his eternal posterity is limited to the relatively few who are serious in seeking the true purpose of this life. Clearly, there will be cases where some worthy men will be sealed to more than one woman and as difficult as it is for most of us to imagine that kind of eternal marital bliss, it surely will, in that divine atmosphere, not create the kinds of jealousy or discomfort that it seems to do for us mortals it this life. That is the only way it can be explained, and I agree, that is difficult to understand for us who are subjected to the perceptions of the flesh.
Let me know what you think and if you have additional questions. I would love to share my beliefs with you further.