The following section on marriage was prepared while the original Book of Doctrine and Covenants was being compiled. It was read by W. W. Phelps at the general assembly of August 17, 1835 where the assembly of Saints adopted it unanimously by common consent. It is not a revelation. It was section 101 of the 1835 Book of Doctrine and Covenants, section 109 in the 1844 edition. It was cannon for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, included in their version of the Doctrine and Covenants, until removed in 1876. It is still canon for the Reorganized churches as Section 111 of the Community of Chrsit and their offshoots’ Doctrine and Covenants. Their section and verse numbers are after the current verse numbers. Changes made for its use for the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship are in italics.
1 [111:1a] According to the custom of all civilized nations, marriage is regulated by laws and ceremonies.
2 [111:1b] Therefore, we believe that all marriages in this Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints should be solemnized in a public meeting, or feast, prepared for that purpose,
3 [111:1c] And that the solemnization should be performed by a Presiding High Priest (Patriarch or higher) or Presiding High Priestess (Matriarch or higher), High Priest, Bishop, Elder, or Priest or Priestess, not even prohibiting those persons who are desirous to get married, of being married by other authority.
4 [111:1d] We believe that it is not right to prohibit members of this church from marrying out of the church, if it be their determination so to do, but such persons will be considered weak in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
5 [111:2a1] ¶ Marriage should be celebrated with prayer and thanksgiving;
6 [111:2a2] And at the solemnization, the persons to be married, standing together, the man on the right, and the woman on the left, shall be addressed, by the person officiating, as he shall be directed by the Holy Spirit;
7 [111:2ac] And if there be no legal objections, he shall say, calling each by their names:
8 [111:2b] “You both mutually agree to be each other’s companion, husband and wife, observing the legal rights belonging to this condition; that is, keeping yourselves wholly for each other, and from all others, during your lives?”
9 [111:2c] And when they have answered “Yes,” he shall pronounce them “husband and wife” in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by virtue of the laws of the country and authority vested in him:
10 [111:2d] “May God add his blessings and keep you to fulfill your covenants from henceforth and forever. Amen.”
11 [111:3] ¶ The clerk of every church should keep a record of all marriages solemnized in his branch.
12 [111:4a] ¶ All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this church, should be held sacred and fulfilled.
13 [111:4b] Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife; and one woman but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.
14 [111:4c] ¶ It is not right to persuade a woman to be baptized contrary to the will of her husband, or to persuade a man to be baptized contrary to the will of his wife; neither is it lawful to influence anyone to leave their spouse.
15 [111:4d] All children are bound by law to obey their parents; and to influence them to embrace any religious faith, or be baptized, or leave their parents without their consent, is unlawful and unjust.
16 [111:4e] We believe that all persons who exercise control over their fellow-beings, and prevent them from embracing the truth, will have to answer for that sin.
The Fellowship interprets this to state how one should preform a marriage ceremony and other standards for marriage in the Fellowship. It should be read with other revelations on marriage, as the Fellowship neither encourages nor requires polygamy or polyamory, nor does it condemn it. Further instructions on marriage may be found here.
Because this section was sustained by the original Church, it is canon for the Fellowship. There will be a vote to accept the changes. It will be added to the Doctrine and Covenants, placed near similar sections.
Thoughts, comments, and other interpretations are welcome below.