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The Lord provided us families to have joy in this life.


These days, when marriage and the family are always under constant attack by the adversary, it seems that the family values and the family unit itself are hopeless. In a time when people put less and less emphasis on the family in favor of pursuing advances in technology and endless business opportunities, we may sometimes ask “What does a family truly mean?” Or a more critical question, ”How do I treat the family?”

Indeed, the Lord saw this coming. He knew that there will come a time when people’s values of family and marriage would start to disintegrate because of false teachings and relativism. But the Lord’s views on these two important units still remain and He wants His children to remember the importance of marriage and family in His Great Plan of Happiness. To protect the family against Satan’s “fiery darts”, the Lord revealed, through his Prophets and Apostles, a revelation on the family entitled, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints receive guidance and reminders from this proclamation especially in this time of great confusion. The Proclamation teaches the doctrine of families, their place in Heavenly Father’s eternal plan, and how to build and maintain strong, Christ-centered family relationships.

In fact, the whole world, Latter-day Saint or not, are invited to follow the pattern set by the Proclamation. Elder M. Russel Ballard, member of the latter-day Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and one of the leaders of the LDS Church, said that this blueprint from God “remains a clarion call to protect and strengthen families.” The principles found in the proclamation also carry a promise. Elder Robert D. Hales, another Apostle of the LDS Church, said, “Fulfilling these obligations is the key to protecting our families in these last days.”

The Family: A Proclamation to the World is like a guide, a literal blueprint from God, to fight many temptations and adversities faced by families everywhere. It is a proof of the Lord’s strong regard for the family. It is the blueprint of the Lord for the family.

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