Sunday, August 3, 2014

Family - Our Sacred Responsibility

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

8 comments:

  1. Today we are witnessing an unending assault on marriage and the family. They seem to be the adversary’s prime targets for belittlement and destruction. In a society where marriage is often shunned, parenthood avoided, and families degraded, we have the responsibility to honor our marriages, nurture our children, and fortify our families.

    Loving, protecting, and nurturing our children are among the most sacred and eternally important things we will do. Worldly belongings will vanish, today’s number-one movie or song will be irrelevant tomorrow, but a son or a daughter is eternal.

    “The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). Therefore parents and children must work together in unity to fortify family relationships, cultivating them day in and day out. W. Douglas Shumway

    My family is the most important thing in my life. They come first and foremost.

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    1. I really like the part where you said "They come first and foremost". I don't have children yet, but I have a loving husband. Sometimes I put a favorite show or a favorite book over spending some quality time with him. I realize that I need to do a better job at making him feel like he is the most important thing in my life. I don't want to risk hard/sad feelings over trivial matters like a show or a book. I can avoid irritation if I change spending so much time doing stuff I love to do and instead do something WE like doing or taking the time to do something he likes doing.

      In the long run, I want my husband and my future family to love and care for me. I don't want my short-term passions get in the way of quality time with my family. Thank you for your comment!

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  2. The family unit is an eternal principle. The relationships and responsibilities will not end with this life. That simple fact changes the way we should value parenting our children. Our children will be ours forever. Hopefully, this perspective will encourage us to be a little more patient, loving and invested in rearing our children in a way that is acceptable to God. I know the principles of building eternal relationships are found through living the commandments and keeping the covenants I have made with God. It is living by these principles that we can both be happy in this life, and be together in the next life. What a great thought!

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    1. Through prayers and reading our scriptures as a family. We are sending a positive message to satan we will not be moved by his deception. If we keep our covenants and live the Gospel Families are Forever

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  3. This helps put things into perspective. Reading “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” always helps me relax and not let minor things distract me from what I know is important.

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  4. This is excellent to keep in mind. The family is so essential to the whole purpose of our being here on this earth. We need to remember to continually shore up our families to the corrosive nature of being in the world. It is our duty to keep them safe and provide all the help, love, and knowledge that we can to provide them with the needed skills to combat the forces of Satan. Once they are out on their own they will need to rely on their own testimonies and continue the "fight" for their families when the time comes and remembering these simple truths about what makes a family a family will aide.

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  5. Families have a large scope of influence. I learn much from an individual who sets a good example, yet I learn far more from the synergistic strength produced by a righteous family.

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  6. I really appreciate the section from "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" that states that "Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities." Since none of our families are perfect, these are elements that can help us to all become better family members to each other.

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