"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."
~Spencer W. Kimball~
The world is constantly changing. There are now far more than two ways, male or female, to define your gender (Which makes no sense to me). There are also multiple sexual orientations you can identify with and there are multiple types of official families now.
The family is being torn open, ripped apart, and being put back together entirely fractured, deformed, and nowhere near the same.
The rest of the world would have you believe that the family is just fine, that all of these changes are simply the family structure evolving and adapting to our changing or evolving world. The world claims that these changes are fine, great even.
The true meaning and purpose of families is lost to today's society. An extreme state of individualism has taken hold upon this country and everything has become about the individual. It's "me, me. I, I" Relationships are ended by a person who feels that they aren't getting anything out of the relationship. I always ask them what they put into the relationship, or what they gave. You can't get anything from nothing.
As a member of the LDS church and as one with an extremely strong testimony and faith in the divine nature and celestial nature of families I feel a solemn responsibility to share what I know with as many as I can. Joseph Smith, an LDS prophet, stated,
"...that when we gain a witness of the truth we will not be content with blessing our family alone, but range through the whole world anxious to bless the whole human race."
In The Family: A Proclamation to the World, it states,
"We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God's 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.....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."
Family relationships to continue after death? I have been taught the principle of families are eternal since I was born. The idea that a great number of people in this world believe there is nothing after death, or that our family relationships are severed after death, is so depressing.
Alan J. Hawkins, a professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, stated,
"There is great value in sharing the principles contained in the family proclamation and great fulfillment to be found in doing so.....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."
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma exclaimed,
"O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!
Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth."
~Alma 29: 1-2~
I express the same sentiment and hope that my words through this blog will reach many who are seeking the truth and even to those who may oppose my belief. May their hearts be opened and may we work together to protect and strengthen the family in its divine form.