On September 23, 1995, in a general Relief Society Meeting, President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” This proclamation has become the Church’s definitive statement on the family. It states, “The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In those sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.”
I am thankful for the wisdom and guidance of the leaders for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know this proclamation was truly inspired and was a revelation given to our Church leaders by God. My family is the most important thing to me and I have a testimony that the words in this proclamation are true. How grateful I am to have this proclamation to help me be the best spouse and parent I can be. Life can be confusing and hard at times, but we are given direction and we are taught in the ways of our loving Father in Heaven.
*If you would like to read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” in its entirety, please visit www.lds.org