Doctrine & Covenants - Church History
Lesson 45
“The Family Is Ordained of God”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand the eternal importance of the family and inspire us to strengthen our families.

Scripture references for study:  Class Member Study Guide and “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”
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The Family - A Proclamation to the World

  1. In September 1995, President Gordon B. Hinckley addressed the Relief Society Conference. He spoke to the sisters about the challenges of our time.  President Hinckley: "I need not remind you that the world we are in is a world of turmoil, of shifting values. Shrill voices call out for one thing or another in betrayal of time-tested standards of behavior. The moral moorings of our society have been badly shaken. So many of the youth of the world, and likewise so many of their elders, listen only to the seductive voice of self-gratification. You single young women face tremendous challenges, and we know it is not easy for you. I cannot say enough of appreciation for your determination to live by the standards of the Church, to walk with the strength of virtue, to keep your minds above the slough of filth which seems to be moving like a flood across the world. Thank you for knowing there is a better way." (Ensign, Nov 1995, p98)

The Family Is Central To God's Plan

  1. "We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children." (Proclamation, paragraph 1)
  2. READ D&C 49:15-17. Marriage is ordained of God.
  3. "All human beings—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." (Proclamation, paragraph 2)

Families Can Be Together Forever

  1. "In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life." (Proclamation, paragraph 3)
  2. "The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally." (Proclamation, paragraph 3)
  3. AS WE UNDERSTAND THESE GREAT AND WONDERFUL PRINCIPLES REGARDING THE ETERNAL NATURE OF THE FAMILY, HOW SHOULD THAT KNOWLEDGE AFFECT THE WAY WE TREAT FAMILIES MEMBERS NOW?

Children Are A Heritage of the Lord

  1. "The first commandment 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." (Proclamation, paragraph 4)
  2. "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." (Proclamation, paragraph 4)
  3. WHAT CAN WE DO TO REMAIN PURE AND TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE MORALITY?

A Sacred Duty To Care For Each Other and to Teach Their Children

  1. "Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children.... Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations." (Proclamation, paragraph 6)

A Solemn Warning

  1. "We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets." (Proclamation, paragraph 8)
  2. WHAT CAN WE DO?


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. Record your thoughts on the principles discussed in this lesson. What specific things can you do to contribute to and strengthen your family?


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