The Family: A Proclamation to the World
The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
President Henry B. Eyring, President Thomas S. Monson
Back Row - Richard G. Scott, Robert D. Hales, Jeffery R. Holland, David A. Bednor. Quentin L. Cook, D. Todd Christofferson, Neil L. Andersen,
Front Row - Boyd K. Packer, L. Tom Perry, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard
LeAnn and Roger -
Married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 1967
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.
Our Great Granddaughters - Lilly and Jadyn ~
Our newest Little Great Grandson - Sagan September 2012
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped 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 their divine destiny as heirs 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 Salt Lake Temple~The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife.
Adam and Eve ~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” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.
Baby Clara and her cousin Averi, our granddaughter ~
Our Great Granddaughters - Jadyn and Lilly~Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The family is ordained of God.
All of our Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. July 2012Marriage 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.
Our Granddaughter, Dana and Grandson, Jacob with their new little one ~
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,
Our Great Granddaughter Jadyn at 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.
LeAnn & Roger with their new little Great Grandson, Sagan~
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.
I believe that the family is the fundamental unit of society and that we need to teach our families the importance of this Proclamation to the World.