“President Kimball taught that the time will come when only those who believe deeply and actively in the family will be able to preserve their families in the midst of the gathering evil around us.” (Successful Marriages and Families) The past twelve weeks I have had the opportunity to learn and understand the Family Proclamation to the world more in depth. I have come to love this proclamation, I have founded my home on these principles. The proclamation is what help me as a mother, wife, daughter, and in my community. The proclamation gives guidance and direction to the family.
One person commented on how the Proclamation brought him great strengthen within his family and helped him after his wife had passed. Another testifies, “I rejoice in the sweet spirit that accompanies that document; it can inspire people of very different background across the world.” (Successful Marriages and Families) The Proclamation not only blesses our individual and family lives it helps us defend families from the attacks from the world.
People have shared this stories as to how the Proclamation talks about marriage between a man and women, that fidelity is to be between husband and wife who are legally married, how gender is essential to Heavenly Fathers plan and how children are born in the image of god, they need to be loved, nurtured and provided for. (Successful Marriages and Families) So much strength is offered to the world in this document. It can strengthen our homes and families if we but read it, live it and believe it.
I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life but my husband had only been a member for just a little over a year. Since I felt I had been preparing for marriage and having a family my whole life I wasn’t concerned about my role in the marriage but my husband was worried about his. We began to pray for guidance and direction on being the type of husband Heavenly Father desired him to be.
Through our prayers we were lead to the Family Proclamation, we were even given one on the day we were sealed in the Temple. This was my first love and understanding of the article. I felt we had found the cliff notes to the scriptures, a cheat sheet preparing us to be the kind of husband, wife, parent, and children our Heavenly Father needed us to be. My husband felt the weight of the world ease on his shoulders. The Proclamation stated the exact role for a husband and father. By “Divine design” he knew he was supposed to provide, protect his family, and bring spirits to this earth.
As a wife, I knew we needed to include Heavenly Father in our decisions in our marriage and how we were going to provide and protect our family. The Proclamation states, “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” We tried to apply these principles the best we could in our home so that we could have the happiness described in the proclamation.
We received a beautiful copy of the Proclamation to hang in our home and then there is sat for a while, just being looked at. About five years ago we got back to our Family Proclamation because our children needed to study it for their Faith in God program. Even though we had it placed in our home and we were living by it, we were not studying it, or teaching by it. As we got back to studying and teaching by the Proclamation I started noticing things about gender and how each gender is important to families and that we need to prepare our children to be good citizens. This helped me in teaching my children about a gender-confused society, how important their gender role was and understanding that gender was even before one comes to earth. That marriage is between a man and a woman, that children are meant to come to a family with a father and a mother.
The cliff notes were back, the cheat sheet to teach my children in a world that taught conflicting views of the gospel was there to help me lead, guide, protect and help my children understand their gender, and role. There to help me and my husband understand our roles. The Family, a Proclamation to the World helps me lead and guide my family in love and righteousness, reminds me that we need to be patient with each other, support, teach and follow Heavenly Father’s plan for us. I know when we study and apply the doctrines taught in the Proclamation we can have a strong family unit and happiness.
Just within twelve weeks I have been strengthened by stories of those whose lives have been changed because of the Proclamation. I myself have found great comfort, a deeper understand and a stronger testimony of the truthfulness of this document. I was reminded to be more patience and understanding with my children. I sought forgiveness from my husband, I supported his role, remembered that I was a child of God and have felt empowered to stand up for the family. “The Proclamation is an inspired document…revelatory and scripture like in its power. It contains timeless truths that will bless not only our lives but also the lives of those around us as we reach out, near and far, to share it. ” ( Successful Marriages and Families) I love the Proclamation and I ask you to please take on the challenge to read it and see how it applies to your family. Take the document one paragraph at a time, break it down and work on one paragraph at a time and see how it strengthens and builds your family. I hope and pray you will take this challenge and share how it has changed you and your family.
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