Selected Teachings on Marriage
Helping One Another as Equal Partners

Moses 3:18

And I, the Lord God, said unto mine Only Begotten, that it was not good that the man should be alone; wherefore, I will make an help meet for him.

See The Hebrew Meaning of "Help Meet"

Howard W. Hunter (President)

A man who holds the priesthood accepts his wife as a partner in the leadership of the home and family with full knowledge of and full participation in all decisions relating thereto.... The Lord intended that the wife be a helpmeet for man (meet means equal)—that is, a companion equal and necessary in full partnership. (Ensign, Nov. 1994, 50–51)

Joseph Fielding Smith (Quorum of the Twelve)

[T]he Lord said he would give the man a companion who would be a help meet for him: that is, a help who would answer all the requirements, not only of companionship, but also through whom the fulness of the purposes of the Lord could be accomplished regarding the mission of man through mortal life and into eternity.

Neither the man nor the woman [was] capable of filling the measure of their creation alone. The union of the two was required to complete man in the image of God. (Doctrines of Salvation, 2:70; as quoted in Mark E. Petersen, Adam, Who is He?, p.5-6)

M. Russell Ballard (Quorum of the Twelve)

Men and women joined together in marriage need to work together as a full partnership. However, a full and equal partnership between men and women does not imply the roles played by the two sexes are the same in God's grand design for His children. As clearly stated in the proclamation on the family, men and women, though spiritually equal, are entrusted with different but equally significant roles. These roles complement each other. Men are given stewardship over the sacred ordinances of the priesthood. To women, God gives stewardship over bestowing and nurturing mortal life, including providing physical bodies for God's spirit children and guiding those children toward a knowledge of gospel truths. These stewardships, equally sacred and important, do not involve any false ideas about domination or subordination. Each stewardship is essential for the spiritual progression of all family members—parents and children alike. (Campus Education Week, 19 August 2003)