During the month of October, Traci and I are publishing a post everyday that has something to do with families. Since today is Sunday, I wanted to focus a little on my religious beliefs and what they have to do with families. Please feel free to ask me any questions you have about the church. If you would like to receive a Book of Mormon, free of charge, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this post and I’ll get it sent out to you right away.
I have made no secret that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (commonly called The Mormons). I believe that this church is true, and I know that a lot of my happiness comes from learning and following it’s teachings. I know that anyone who is seeking for truth will eventually be led to this church (is that you, seeking for truth? Maybe that’s how you ended up here!) There is no doubt in my mind that this church teaches truth.
One of the key things that the LDS church teaches about is the importance of families. In 1995, Gordon B. Hinckley, a now deceased Prophet of the church, read what’s know as The Family: A Proclamation To The World. This proclamation has become a key reference point for members of the church. It states the LDS church’s stance on families and their purpose in this life.
It is interesting to me that this proclamation was created in 1995. That is a testament to me that the prophet knew what was coming. In 1995, while the family was under attack, it was NOTHING like it is now. The church released the proclamation in preparation of everything that was to come, so that the members of the church and anyone who reads this proclamation will have no doubt in their mind about the importance and sacred nature of the family.
I just wanted to write out a few of the key points from the proclamation in this post. If you would like to read the whole thing (it’s only about a page long), you can do so here.
The very first line in the proclamation is this: WE, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that 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.
The church has made it no secret that marriage is sanctioned by God and is key to the progression of His children. I know for a fact that the church will NEVER change this stance, no matter how much pressure the world puts on them. Why? Because they can’t. Marriage is between a man and woman. Period. Hate me if you want for saying that, but I didn’t make that rule, God did. It isn’t that way because he wants some people to be miserable. It is that way because he wants everyone to be happy. I believe that in time, we will see more clearly why this is the way it is. It may not be in this life that we understand completely, but we will understand.
The next line is this: 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.
How wonderful is that? We are loved. Each of us. We all have a divine nature and destiny. God has a plan for us. We are loved by Him in ways that I don’t think we can comprehend. I think the thing that comes closest is the love of a parent for a child here on this earth, but I am sure that it pales in comparison to the love that our Heavenly Father has for us.
On to the part about families. One of the next paragraphs states: THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
In a world where child raising can be seen as optional, even as a burden to some, the church made a bold stance by saying this. But it’s true. I believe that all spirits were created before the earth was. All of the spirits need to have bodies. The only way they can get bodies is if those of us who are already here decide to have children. However, it is important that those children be brought into stable homes and into loving families, which is why the church states that the powers of procreation should be used only between a husband and wife.
A little farther down, the proclamation states: 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.
I love this. In order that increase your chances of having a successful marriage and family, you must give your family and yourself a firm foundation. You must root yourself in Christ. I know from experience that when my husband and I are saying prayers together each night and reading scriptures together and on our own, our family runs much more smoothly. We are both more in tune with what our Heavenly Father would have us do. We are quicker to forgive, happier to serve, and more patient with each other.
The proclamation then gives a warning: WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
The world likes to take away consequences. One pill can make it so you won’t get pregnant, even after the deed is done. Immunizations & condoms can make it so you are less likely to get STDs. You can always blame others for what you did and avoid consequences all together. Sunscreen makes it so you can be outside all day long and never burn. Diet pills make it so you can eat all you want and never gain weight. (I’m not saying eating and the sun are bad things here. I’m just saying that the world likes to get rid of natural consequences). But guess what? There will still be consequences for sin. No matter what the world tells you, no matter what kind of product they come up with, no matter what your friends, family, or psychiatrist tells you. Either in this life or the next, all sin must be accounted for. You can hate that idea all you want, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s true. Don’t buy into the lies that the world tries to tell you.
The last line of the proclamation states: WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
It’s a call to action. Strengthen your family and then strengthen the families around you. Build a foundation that is so sure that nothing will crumble it. Stand up for good, and stand against bad. Be someone who can look our creator in the face one day and said, “I did it. I worked will all my might and I did everything I could to protect my family and those around me. I was faithful and I was strong until the end.” Because that day will come.
I would LOVE to hear your comments about how you make your family stronger. How do you fortify your loved ones?Share