—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."
This post is the third in a series on the family and what Cami and I believe regarding the family. If you haven't already you may want to read the first post and the second post along with this one. It will help you better understand where I'm coming from.
The family is the fundamental unit of society and the marriage is the family's foundation.
I firmly believe that the stronger our marriages are the better our world is. As we invest more time and energy into our marriages our neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries will improve. Core to understanding why marriage is so important is understanding why God instituted families and how He intends for them to function.
The paragraph at the top of this post is the third paragraph in an amazing document titled "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" published in 1995.
All men and women are created in the express image of God. He made us to be like Him because we are His children. He loves us beyond our ability to comprehend and desires for us to live up to our divine heritage and fulfill our divine potential.
To help us do this we are blessed with strengths and weaknesses as well as our gender. Our gender plays a significant role in who we are and who He intends for us to be. To assert otherwise is foolish and mocks He who created us.
I am a man. My dear wife, Cami, is a woman. Our genders help us to understand who we are and what our responsibilities are as well as some of our strengths and weaknesses. I have observed in my own life and in the lives of those that are happily married around me that spouses complement each other. I tend to be impatient and arrogant. Cami is infinitely patient and humble. She helps me have empathy for emotional struggles that others go through. I encourage her to be a little bit more assertive and share her thoughts and opinions. Where she has weaknesses I often am strong and where I am weak she strengthens me.
In happy marriages husband and wife complement each other. A part of my divine nature and destiny is to be Cami's husband (and the best one she could ever want!) and the father to our four sons. A key part of her divine nature and destiny is to show the world, through our boys, that she is an amazing mother and by putting up with me an endlessly loving and kind wife.
We are in no way limited to being only a husband and father and a wife and mother but these are core aspects of who we are and who we are supposed to be. He has ordained this so to be. Cami is also a writer, a chocolate connoisseur, and a subtle yet powerful teacher. In addition to being a husband and father I am also a blogger, entrepreneur, and amateur academic.
We are children of God, created in His image because He loves us. Gender is an essential characteristic of who we are and plays a significant role in our divine nature and destiny.
Now, I need to go because it is WAY past my son, Caleb's, bedtime and he just invited me to catch fireflies. How can I pass on an invitation like that? Wish me luck!
(Read The Family: A Proclamation to the World in it's entirety)
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