New Word for Marriage Between a Man and a Woman

A new word has been appointed for traditional marriage between a man and a woman: Adahmeve. Why should we need a new word for this ancient family organization? Some Western countries have legalized the use of the word “marriage” to include same-gender relationships licensed by government. But God himself organized marriage in the beginning as between male and female. The word “adahmeve” is now available to avoid confusion, for it only refers to the traditional formal relationship between husband and wife.

From “The Family, a Proclamation to the World,” from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

“. . . marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. . . . All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”

Young family right after an LDS baby blessing in Southern California in 2013

Family form organized by God: husband, wife, and children



What is this word “adahmeve?” . . . we must have a word specific to the traditional marriage of a male  husband and a female wife.


Definition of Marriage

The natural direction of growth for the English language is to add a word to our vocabulary when we find something new that we value. How unnatural to officially dilute a word, so that it refers to additional things, not originally intended!


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