1 The Family a Proclama Tion To The World The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to and the Council of the Twelve e, W The FirST PreSidenCy - teach them to love and serve one another, observe the com Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a husbands and wives—mothers and fathers— they live. woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of his children. will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations. humAn beinGS LL —male and female—are created in the A he FAmiL each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of image of God. T y is ordained of God. marriage between man and heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and his eternal plan. Children are entitled woman is essential to to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual a father and a mother who honor marital vows with com - premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose. plete fidelity. happiness in family life is most likely to be n reALm, i spirit sons and daughters knew The Premor TAL achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord and worshipped God as their eternal Father and accepted - Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are estab his children could obtain a physical his plan by which lished and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repen - body and gain earthly experience to progress toward per - tance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and fection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of wholesome recreational activities. by divine design, fathers eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family are to preside over their families in love and righteousness relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it - mothers are primarily respon protection for their families. possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and - in these sacred re sible for the nurture of their children. for families to be united eternally. sponsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one that God gave to Adam and another as equal partners. FirST he eve T disability, death, or other circum - CommAndmenT stances may necessitate individual adaptation. pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and extended his children wife. We declare that God’s commandment for families should lend support when needed. to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We that individuals who violate covenants of WArn e W further declare that God has commanded that the sacred chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to ful- powers of procreation are to be employed only between fill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife. before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of W e deCLAre the means by which mortal life is created to be the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern importance in God’s eternal plan. prophets. WiFe have a solemn responsibility to love responsible citizens and officers of gov- And uSbAnd h W e CALL uPon ernment everywhere to promote those measures designed and care for each other and for their children. “Children to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a unit of society. sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, 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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