The family is the most fundamental and important unit in society. Even Christ was born into this mortality into a family. LDS/24012505
Family is perhaps the most important part of our earthly life and is at the centre of Heavenly Father’s plan, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
this modern mortal world of uncertainty and turmoil, and where disaster and
unrest dominate our newsfeeds, our relationship with our family, and even our
relationship with our Heavenly Father, should be treasured and nurtured.
establishment of the family in this world goes back to the six periods of
creation. On the sixth day of creation God created man (Genesis 1:26-28), Adam
being the first male. However, the creation was not complete until after he
created woman, Eve being the first female, and commanded them to “be fruitful,
and multiply” and have dominion over all that is living on the earth. Only
after mankind was charged with having families was the periods of creation
and families are ordained of God. Although not everyone will be able to have
children in this mortal life, everyone is a precious member of God’s family,
regardless of what our individual circumstances may be.
Joseph F. Smith, who
served as the sixth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saint, said: “There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart
from the home, and every effort made to sanctify and preserve its influence is
uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for its establishment. Men and women
often seek to substitute some other life for that of the home; they would make
themselves believe that the home means restraint; that the highest liberty is
the fullest opportunity to move about at will. There is no happiness without
service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into
a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life.”
Family 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 …. In (their) 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.”
family is the most fundamental and important unit in society. Even Christ was
born into this mortality into a family. I can think of no labour more
honourable than the righteous effort we put into our families.
David O. McKay said: “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.
The poorest shack in which love prevails over a united family is of greater
value to God and future humanity than any other riches. In such a home God can
work miracles and will work miracles.”
around the world, family-centred priorities cut across any political, economic,
or religious differences. We are all the same when it comes to the hopes,
worries, and dreams for children, and the love of spouse.
Family Proclamation also gives us a warning and a calling: “We warn that the
disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and
nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. 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
we focus on strengthening families, we are also strengthening our communities,
and fulfilling the charge our Heavenly Father has given us. Furthermore, if we
cherish the family relationships we have, we must expand our perspective
heavenward. Our focus should shift from the short-term and temporary towards a
more long-term and eternal perspective. As we think heavenward, or think
“celestial,” our hearts will turn to our families. We will not want the family
relationships that we cherish to end when “death do us part”. An eternal family
is built upon living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
we do more to strengthen families. May we each reflect on what we can do better
to honour our parents and ancestors, and cherish the family relationships we
have. And may our efforts in our families strengthen our commitments to living
the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.