by Maurice L. Draper

Marriage, as a social institution, is subject to the influences of social change. If the underlying principles based on divine purpose are to be preserved, they must be constantly reiterated in terms of current circumstances.

The Church, from time to time, has taken note of the need of the Saints for guidance in the interpretation of the divine purpose in marriage. On occasion there has been inspired instruction through the prophet; at other times the World Conference has adopted specific committee reports or council studies; and there have also been official policy statements by the Standing High Council in addition to interpretative articles, sermons, and manuals for the edification of the membership.

This book attempts to summarize the basic historical understandings and teachings of the Church in order that there may be a clearer view of the Church's position on marriage and the Christian principles involved in protecting and encouraging stable covenant relationships in marriage.