Paragraph 7

“The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. 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. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these 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.”

In the D&C 68: 25 it states, “And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.”

The responsibilities of parenthood cannot be taken lightly. The word of the Proclamation are clear, “Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.” We are the best source of clarity and understanding for all the conflicting messages our children receive out in the world. We need to be, as Elder Bednard taught, “more diligent and concerned at home” with stewardships we bear as parents. Our children need to know of our love for them, our testimony of the gospel, and they need our time and attention.  

Watch this short presentation of Elder Bednar’s talk More Diligent and Concerned at Home

Elder Robert D. Hales taught, “No matter how evil the world becomes, our families can be at peace. If we do what’s right, we will be guided and protected.”  What a wonderful promise we can put our confidence in as we walk the path of parenthood, with all its joys and challenges, here in mortality. We are doing the work of the Lord. No other position or title we hold will be greater than that of ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad.’ 

To read or listen to Elder Hales’ whole address — you can access it here 


I want to include two links to this post on the topic of parenting.  These articles first appeared in the Ensign (The Church’s adult magazine) in March and then in April of 1975.  What good are articles 40+ years ago, you ask? The reason these articles still hold value today, comes from the timeless truths they contain. Principles of right and wrong do not go out of date. No matter what the world does to distort values, God’s laws will never change. 

This except from part 1 maybe inspire you to read both articles:

 The Lord identified four characteristics of successful parents when he described the Saints who would inherit the earth in these last days. (See D&C 45:56–59.) First, they are wise. Second, they have received the truth. Third, they have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide. Fourth, they have not been deceived. Seventy-three years before the first coming of Christ, the prophet Alma declared that the ministry of the priesthood was to prepare the minds of the people, “that salvation might come unto them, that they may prepare the minds of their children to hear the word at the time of his coming.” (Alma 39:16.)”

“Principles of Parenting” by Neil J. Flinders can be read in their entirety by following the links

Part 1  and Part 2 

Paragraphs 8 & 9

“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.

“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.”

For this section of the proclamation, I am going to post a couple of articles for review and keep my comments brief due the sacred nature of this topic. The words and voices of those who will teach this topic are servants of the Lord. Their counsel is worth deep consideration.

President and Sister Clark  “A Chaste and Virtuous Life”  January 9, 2007

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  “Of Souls Symbols and Sacraments” January 12, 1988

For the youth — Chastity: What are the limits?  –

Just for fun

If you want into a LDS home, chances are you may run across a print of The Proclamation hanging some place in that member’s home.  Just like pictures of the temple and the Savior, this document hold a place of importance in the lives Latter-day Saints.

These are just a few samples of some of the options I have looked at for my home.

Which one is your favorite?

Here’s a place where you can print a ‘‘fun”  copy of the Proclamation for yourself.

Marriage – May it be Eternal

Ephesians 5:25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it


The New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage

In our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness, a man and a woman can be sealed to one another for time and all eternity. Those who are sealed in the temple have the assurance that their relationship will continue forever if they are true to their covenants. They know that nothing, not even death, can permanently separate them.

The covenant of eternal marriage is necessary for exaltation. The Lord revealed through Joseph Smith: “In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; and in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage]; and if he does not, he cannot obtain it. He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase” (D&C 131:1–4).

After receiving the sealing ordinance and making sacred covenants in the temple, a couple must continue in faithfulness in order to receive the blessings of eternal marriage and exaltation. The Lord said: “If a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; … and if [they] abide in my covenant, … it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world” (D&C 132:19; for an explanation of the Holy Spirit of Promise, see page 82). (True to the Faith, 2004, 97-101)


Every time I see this Mormon Message tears fill my eyes and hope fills my heart. I love the tenderness between this couple. It isn’t strange to us as members of the Church. It is something we look for to and long for as covenant keepers. It is something we will every marriage could know.


Marriages Made in Heaven

Marriages Can Be Forever - Strengthen Your
        Families ValuesMost people think of a marriage made in heaven as a rare occurrence in which both parties are deeply in love and highly compatible. We like to think that all our marriages are made in heaven. When a man and woman enters one of our holy temples to be married, they covenant (or promise) they will stay together forever—on earth and in heaven after they die, if they are faithful to each other and their promises to the Lord. A temple marriage doesn’t include phrases like, “Till death do you part” or “So long as you both shall live.” If we keep these promises, our children also become part of this heavenly promise—sealed to us forever.


Not every marriage will last. Sometimes, through no fault of one spouse or the other, the marriage will need to dissolve. However, most marriage troubles can be resolved by following the counsel of Elder Dallin H. Oaks.

Protecting the family


Protecting Our Nestlings

At this time in the world, when the adversary is unleashed and tirelessly working on the destruction of the children of God, we cannot be warned enough to protect our homes and families. In the Church we are blessed to have a prophet, Thomas S. Monson to follow. We know he walks and talks with the Lord and directs the Lord’s church at this time here upon the earth. When the prophet, his counselors, or any of the Quorum of the Twelve  speak — it is wise to listen.

Do you need to add additional protection to your home?

This video comes from part of a 2013 General Conference address. Follow this link to full address by President Packer on protecting the nestlings; These Things I Know

A Final Word…

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.