The proclamation was given to the world by Prophets who receive revelation for the whole earth. The Proclamation is a warning, a prophecy, and a blessing about the importance of families and how we can have a strong family unit. Since the world has changed its view so much on families Heavenly Father presented His proclamation to the whole earth to warn us what we will be accountable for. The Proclamation was given to the world to strengthen families and help families have joy.
A family will be so blessed by following the counsel of the Proclamation. Families will be happy, and couples will be happy when they live the Lord’s way. If the family does not follow the world’s way but clings to this spiritual gift, the Proclamation, it will help them raise, protect, and have an eternal family. They will also receive the eternal blessings Heavenly Father has in store for them.
This semester I am taking a family course and I would like to share how important families are. I was recently reading a book called “Successful Marriages and Families” and in that book, there are several stories regarding the blessings that come from reading the Proclamation. One story shared is shared by a father who lost his wife and was trying to take on both role of father and mother, it says, “I found that as a mother I always fell short. At first this made me frustrated, sad, angry, and discouraged. No matter how hard I had tried, I always fell short. There were things to feel guilty about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. My weaknesses required me to swallow my pride and humbly learn from others. With time, things started to get a little better…I marveled at the numerous specific and personal ways the proclamation has blessed me and my family since that Saturday night about 15 years ago when I first heard it. It has changed our lives forever.”
The proclamation has blessed my family too. When my husband read, “HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.” This helped to understand his role as a father. He didn’t have a father figure growing up and this helped give him the guidance and direction he wanted so he could be a good spouse and a father. From the beginning my husband knew he needed to take care of our small growing family. We continue to seek guidance and direction from this wonderful proclamation.
We must let others know and understand that there is hope in the family. Principles contained in the Family A Proclamation to the World “Will bless not only our lives but also the lives of those around us.” Boyd K. Packer Please tell us how important your family is too. Help others understand the important role of having children, being loving, nurturing parents who provide and raise their children to be contributors to society.
Please check out this link: The Family A Proclamation to the World
Image: Family Picture
Book Source: Successful Marriages and Families