President Henry B. Eyring in an address in 1998, three years after the first reading of The Family, A Proclamation to the World, made this important clarification about this document:
“Three things about the title are worth our careful reflection. First, the subject: the family. Second, the audience, which is the whole world. And third, those proclaiming it are those we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators. All this means that the family must be of tremendous importance to us, that whatever the proclamation says could help anyone in the world, and that the proclamation fits the Lord’s promise when he said, “Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38). “
I hope this blog will give you a small taste of the many wonderful resources that are available to study the doctrine on the family. If I can suggest a challenge to get your family together, start at the beginning with my first post. Follow each of the paragraph posts, reading each of the talk or devotional links and watching the videos. It’s a great Family Home Evening opportunity, that I believe will strengthen each family member.
I hope you’ll take a moment to watch this video The Family Is Ordained of God
I have loved the in depth study this semester on The Family, A Proclamation to the World. I have gained a deeper understanding of this important document and have a stronger testimony of it. I have studied some amazing conference and devotional talks on this topic. I have studies scriptures and watched some of the best videos on the family. I have come to know my Savior even more as I have asked for His help this semester and as I have pondered the assignments for this class. I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for the plan of salvation. I am grateful for my family of birth. I was born to goodly parents. They taught me the gospel as they were commanded to do and set a beautiful example for me to follow. I am grateful for my husband, children and now grandchildren. I am richly blessed. I have a loving Father in Heaven who has provided for me and my family and for all family members of the world to have a way to return to live with him. God loves all his children, of this I have no doubt. The trials of mortality, though many feel unbearable at times, are to help us learn to be like him. Of this I have no doubt. I have experienced this training and tempering in my own life. Peace can be found within The Church of Jesus Christ, joy and love can be found within the family unit. Families can be together forever. Of this I bear my witness, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.