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Question #16216 posted on 07/02/2005 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am reading an LDS book (I'm not an member of the church) and I came across an issue in which I wasn't as familiar as I thought. I assumed marriage in the temple WAS a sealing. Apparently you can be married or sealed? Could you clarify this for me? Thanks!

- Curious

A: Dear curious-

Usually, it is. It's likely that the story is referring to a "for time and all eternity" marriage--a sealing. The terms are often used interchangeably.

Under specific circumstances, though, it won't be a sealing. If this is a remarriage, they may already be "sealed" to other people, so the marriage may be "for time," meaning that the marriage is only for the remainder of their lives.

-The Franchise