Elder Bednar gave two reasons why marriage is essential: “Reason 1: The natures
of male and female spirits complete and perfect each other, and therefore men and women are
intended to progress together toward exaltation. . . . Reason 2: By divine design, both a man and
a woman are needed to bring children into mortality and to provide the best setting for the
rearing and nurturing of children" (Ensign, June 2006).