Monday, December 20, 2010
The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God's commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God's eternal plan.
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" (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to 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.
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.
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.
This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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This is a cool article that I just read in the March Ensign. Elder Nelson tells a story of one of his experiences as a physician and at the end of the article he sums it up by saying,
"The end for which each of you should strive is to be the person that you can become-the person who God wants you to be. The day will come when your professional career will end. The career that you will have labored so hard to achieve-the work that will have supported you and your family-will one day be behind you.
Then you will have learned this great lesson: much more important than what you do for a living is what kind of a person you become. When you leave this frail existence, what you have become will matter most. Attributes such as "faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, (and) diligence" (D&C 4:6) will all be weighed in the Lord's Balance.
From time to time, ask yourself these questions: "Am I ready to meet my maker?" Am I worthy for all the blessings he has in store for his faithful children?" "Have I received my endowment and sealing ordinances of the temple?" "Have I remained faithful to my covenants?" "Have I qualified for the greatest of all God's blessings-the blessings of eternal life?" (D&C 14:7)
Those who cherish their faith in God-those who trust in him-have been given this scriptural promise: "Let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God.......These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever" (D&C 76:61-62). May that be the ultimate destiny for each of us."
Friday, March 5, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Rule 1 – Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time, for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
Rule 2 – Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair, and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
Rule 3 — Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip though the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.
Rule 4 — Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.
Rule 5 — Over the cooler months of the year, you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
Rule 6 — Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures, and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, and vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
Rule 7 — Be happy to see him.
Rule 8 — Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
Rule 9 — Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first- remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
Rule 10 — Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late, or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
Rule 11 — Your goal: Try to make your home is a place of peace, order, and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
Rule 12 — Don’t complain if he comes home late to dinner, or even if he stays out all night. Compare this as minor compared to what he may have gone through that day.
Rule 13 — Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
Rule 14 — Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
Rule 15 — Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house, and as such, will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
Rule 16 — A good wife always knows her place.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
"Brother Ditchburn, a stake high councilor about our age, spoke in Sacrament meeting this morning, and he recited a poem I hadn’t heard before. Called “The Ones Who Walk beside Us,” it reminded the listeners of the need to be patient and more understanding of those who are around us. Minutes before the meeting began, we had walked in supporting Grandma on both sides. Before leaving the apartment, in an effort to hurry us along, I had predicted we would be late for church. But Grandma needed her eyebrows, her coat, her two tissues, her pen and paper, her glasses, her hearing aides and then a new battery, a piece of toast and banana because she was suddenly hungry, and finally wanted an explanation for why we were leaving “so early” when we were down to twenty minutes and we hadn’t left the apartment yet! I confess to some impatience as we moved to the car. I doubt that the poem was directed specifically at us but it might just as well have been. "
The Ones Who Walk Beside Us
We need a little patience with the ones who walk beside us,
For sometimes they are tiresome and sometimes they are slow,
And we let our speech grow hasty and quick temper override us.
But maybe we’d be different if only we could know
Just the things that they are feeling, and their need of help and healing,
For how long they’ll be beside us is a thing we do not know.
But we’re all so prone to blindness and we waste so much of kindness,
Hiding all our better feelings that we ought to try and show.
Oh, we need to be more patient, and more gentle, and more tender
To the ones who walk beside us, when they’re faltering and slow.
For from many a happy starting comes a swift and sudden parting,
And how long we’ll walk together is something none can know.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
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