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Charlie Moore
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PostSubject: I just felt prompted to post this ...   Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:53 pm

The Family

A Proclamation to the World

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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.
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. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped 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 their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. 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.
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. 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.
We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and 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.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
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.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

I realize this is the viewpoint of the LDS church and therefore the viewpoint of Jesus Christ. But I believe the message, whether agreed with or not, should be heard by not only members of the church, but by everyone. The message may not resonate with every person who reads it, but it does with me. We are so concerned about man's view and man's philosophy here on the earth when our time here is a mere microcosm of our eternal destiny. I never worry about what people may call me or what they'll think of me for my stance or my beliefs. I believe if you want to change someone you change their heart (what is in their heart) and when that change happens then the change of their mind will naturally follow. So, I'm posting the proclamation because it is meant for the world.
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PostSubject: Re: I just felt prompted to post this ...   Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:57 pm

Charlie, I appreciate your gumption.  I agree with your proclamation.
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PostSubject: Re: I just felt prompted to post this ...   Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:24 am

What Alice said.
Charlie, information such as you posted is useful.  We are a diverse nation that tries to bring harmony where diversity exists.  We see once again how religion tends to divide rather than unite.  There’s nothing new about that.  History is full of problems and even wars over religion.  Respect for one’s beliefs is easy to say, but difficult to practice.  The first step is to understand the religion in question.  We are now faced with comments about Muslims and the religion of Islam.  How many understand that religion?  How many live their religion?  Even among Christians there are differences.  I respect anyone who lives their religion.  My mother is the only person I know/knew who completely lived her religion.  I find that those who profess a religious philosophy are subject to criticism when their actions don’t match what they profess.  That is true of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.  Many use their religion as a title.  How often have you heard the expression, “trust me?”  My first screwing in business was from a man that said:  “Trust me.  I’m a Christian.”  When I hear the expression “Trust me” that person is immediately suspect in my mind.  Trust must be earned.  Using a title is meaningless. 
Race and religion are at the center of controversy with some of the Candidates for President.  Labeling someone Muslim, even if false, says much about the person using the label.  If Islam is seen as something evil to those living in the West, is it any wonder why Christians are seen as evil to some in the East?  “The Great Satan” has meaning to the country using it.  Taking offense to branding or labelling is normal.  Treating others with respect is easier said than done.  Awareness is something we lack.  If the Golden Rule was used as proclaimed by the Christian religion, much adversity would be eliminated.  Expecting others to adhere to ones religious philosophy won’t happen.  There is always common ground where one can work together even where strong opposition exists.  In politics, that is where diplomacy comes into the picture.  Talking with our enemies, real or imagined, is the right thing to do. Working for peace is the right thing if one declares him or herself to be Christian.
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