"...marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and...the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children."
In my last post, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," I shared a great document that means a lot to my wife and me and our families. We have a copy of it hanging on the wall of our dining room surrounded by pictures of our family. It's words serve as a reminder to us of what we are striving for (to be disgustingly happy here and be together forever).
The quote at the start of this post is taken from the first paragraph of the actual document, The Family: A Proclamation to the World (yes, I borrowed the name of it for my last post).
I don't plan to begin spouting a bunch of cliches here about homosexuality. The truth is I don't have a problem with it. I do not choose to practice it and I would not encourage others to do so either but we all have agency, the ability to choose, and I know that I make choices that others do not agree with. Like believing in the divine role of families.
I am attracted to one woman, my wife, and know that she is the MOST beautiful woman on the planet. My closest male friends believe that their wives are the most beautiful women on the planet. We are still friends despite the fact that we are attracted to different people. I am attracted to a woman. Being attracted to different people is not wrong in and of itself. This applies to same gender attraction as well.
However, I do firmly believe that marriage is and can only be between a man and a woman for it is divinely appointed that way. Regardless of what mortals decide, God has ordained marriage to be between a man and a woman.
The family is central to God's plan for His children. It is through marriage that children should be brought into this world. It is in a family, where a loving mother and father are present, that all children deserve to be born. A family is the fundamental unit of society. Where the family is weak so is the society and nation and as the family crumbles soon follows that civilization.
What do we learn in families? We learn to communicate, share, and sacrifice. We learn to be patient, forgiving, and kind. We learn to get along with others and compromise. In the family we learn to work as a team, to lead and to follow, and to support and sustain others. Respect, reverence, deference, love, and gratitude are attributes acquired through family life. All of the "soft" skills that are needed to make a society work are taught and learned in the family.
Today we see these lessons being taught in school. We witness examples of disrespecting elders and disdain for authority all around us. In my son's kindergarten class this last year there was a child who walked up and hit the teacher. Thankfully he was five and didn't do any real harm to the teacher but when she asked him why he did it he said he didn't know, he just felt like it. Where do we learn self-control? In our families!
Spirituality is communicated, established, and reinforced in the family. The United States of America was founded on a simple tenet. It is stamped on our money and on our monuments and all Americans know this phrase by heart. Only four little words but their meaning is profound. "In God We Trust." Where do we learn to trust in God? From our families!
No matter your religious creed it is most often in the family that our testimonies are born and grow. Destroy the family and religion goes too.
I declare that the family truly is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. And central to the family is the marriage. If our marriages are strong so too will be our families. If our families are strong we will have strong communities. And strong communities make strong nations and a strong world.
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