that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. 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."
Months ago we planned a visit to the great Pacific Northwest of the United States. I grew up in Washington state and my parents and younger sister still live there. My wife's little sister and older brother live near where I grew up so it was a great opportunity to be able to see a lot of our family in one trip.
The last eight days have been fantastic! We spent a few with my parents, two sisters, and my nephew. Then we came down to Portland to spend several days with my wife's siblings and their families.
What a privilege it has been the last eight days to spend time with our families. Cami and I have remarked to each other a few times that we are grateful that both sets of our parents chose to have larger families (Cami's family has seven children and mine has five).
Right now I only have one nephew on my side of the family but on Cami's we have five nephews and two nieces with three more little ones due to arrive in the coming months. Added to our four boys Cami's parents have nine grandsons, two granddaughters, and again the three on the way. That's a total of fourteen grandchildren!! And the crazy part is that the last three of their children haven't even married yet and all of us older kids are still having children. Cami and I are going to have at least one more.
There is an excellent chance that there could end up being upwards of thirty grandchildren on Cami's side. Wow.
And let me tell you, just being around eight of them the last couple of days has been crazy. The energy and excitement of having all of the cousins together has led to exceptional levels of insanity here. All of the adults are emotionally and physically exhausted. The cousins are exhausted as well but super happy.
The question that the six of us (the adults) have been asking each other is "how did we end up with so many?" The other thing we're asking ourselves is "can we handle any more?"
When Cami and I take the four kids out in public, especially when it is just one of us with all of them, we get lots of looks and some stares. Then there's the occasional question: are they all yours? Sometimes in response we quip that we only one is ours and the rest we took out of shopping carts as we went around the store. Other times we just smile and say "yep." Probably the most common comment we hear is "looks like you've got your hands full." Ya think?
Emphatically I declare that I love my children, all four of them, and am proud to be their father and grateful that they are my sons. In many ways I wish that we had the energy and the money to have a dozen more. My sons fill my life with a joy and goodness that I could not experience in any other way. And they challenge me and help me learn and grow in ways that I didn't know were possible and didn't know I needed to.
I firmly believe that the blessings Cami and I receive from being parents is because we chose to follow the first commandment: multiply and replenish the Earth.
There is no such thing as overpopulation, at least of the Earth itself. God created an earth that is capable of supporting his children and inspires men and women to understand how to make it produce all of the food and resources that are needed to support the children He sends here.
God is a loving Heavenly Father who stacks the odds in His children's favor to help them be successful in mortality and be able to return to live with Him. The biggest and most powerful way He does that is by sending children to families, composed of a father and mother who love each other and have consecrated that love through marriage.
It is only in and through marriage that children should be brought into this world.
I want to be clear, however, that there are those that cannot have children for one reason or another but if they could they would welcome children into their homes. God knows the intentions of our hearts and will reward and bless us accordingly.
In the same vein I acknowledge that the choice to have children, and how many to have, is a deeply personal decision and is and should be between the husband, wife, and God alone. No one else has a right to dictate to a couple how many children to have or when to have them. Cami and I feel that we should have a larger family, about five children. We have friends and family who feel that they should have more and others who feel they should have less. The decision is entirely theirs.
There are others whose advent into this world was not blessed by a whole family unit where either a father or mother was missing. Both they and their parents are offered the opportunity, through Jesus Christ, to be made whole.
Children are an heritage of the Lord. There is nothing more important in our lives than our families, nurturing our marriages, and raising our children.
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