“This is a sacrament that will help in the healing process,” he added.
“The Sacrament is a special, sacred rite, it’s called the sacrament of marriage.
It’s very, very important.”
According to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the sacrament was ordained by Joseph Smith in 1830, but was never officially instituted until 1917.
“The sacrament of Jesus’ death was administered to Joseph Smith as a means to heal the sick and to open the heart of the sick to the truth,” the LDS Church said in a statement.
“It was never an official formality.
The only way for Joseph Smith to have administered the sacrament would have been for the sick person to come and partake of it.
Joseph Smith never intended to administer it in person.”LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy said the church is “not aware of any case” of a person getting married without having been administered the church’s sacrament.”
There is no practice of administering the sacrament as part of marriage ceremonies,” Purdy wrote in an email to ABC News.
“There is also no evidence that there was any practice of dispensing the sacrament by the Prophet Joseph Smith until after the institution of the Nauvoo temple.
The doctrine of the Restoration of the Priesthood was restored to the LDS church by Joseph Fielding Smith and is the only formal formality of marriage to be administered by the church.”
However, some legal experts say the church still needs to formally institute the sacrament in a marriage ceremony to make it a legal marriage.
“It’s a matter of when the church needs to formalise the sacrament,” said Jennifer E. Schaffer, a professor of law at New York University.
“If there is a formal declaration that there is no need for the ceremony and the church formally recognises that, then it’s a legal and legally binding marriage.”
The issue has been a contentious one in Utah, with many saying it should be made legal.
The state’s Supreme Court upheld a 2011 Utah ruling allowing for civil unions in 2015, but last month a federal judge overturned that ruling.
The Church of Christ of the Latter-Day Saints has since filed a motion to overturn the Utah ruling, arguing that the church was not required to recognize marriages performed by other denominations.
The church, however, maintains that the decision is the result of a lack of transparency.
“We believe the church should be able to officiate marriages.
We believe that there should be an official church endorsement,” Schaffer said.”
If the church wants to officiated by other ministers, it should do that and it should follow the law.”ABC News’ Tom Hays contributed to this report.