Monday, May 11, 2015

My Family

"..the family is central to the Creator’s plan 
for the eternal destiny of His children."                                                                                                 This last week two great things happened to me:
First, last Sunday my Mexican family 
came all the way from Atlixco 
to Puebla to say goodbye. 

Second, I was able to speak with my
American family for the last time
while her in the mission.

What a blessing. It has been so incredible to be able to leave my family for a year and a half, only to find a whole new one. 
My time as a missionary has helped me to really understand and appreciate the organization 
of the family. 

President Ezra Taft Benson, thirteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, taught:

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints views the family as the most important organization in time and all eternity. The Church teaches that everything should center in and around the family. It stresses that the preservation of family life in time and eternity takes precedence above all other interests. There can be no satisfactory substitute for the home. 
Its foundation is as ancient as the world. Its mission has been God-ordained. No nation ever rises above it's homes. This Church will never rise above it's homes. We are no better as a people than are our firesides, 
our homes... The good home is the rock foundation, the cornerstone of civilization. It must be preserved. It must be strengthened.
Some people ask me as Church leader why we place so much emphasis 
on the home and family when there are such larger problems around us? 
The answer is, of course, that the larger problems are merely
reflection of individual and family problems." 
(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, chapter 14)

"The family [is] the most important organization in time and all eternity." 

Wow. The mission is important. Work is important. Church is important, 
but the family is the MOST important.
Not only do we know that all of lives problems can be solved from the front steps of our own homes, but we also know that the relationships we form here in our families do not have to have an end. We know that the "same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy." 
(Doctrine & Covenants 130:2)
God loves us. That's why he has given us families.
I invite you all to think about that a little bit this week. 
What are you doing to cherish your family? 
How do you show them you love them? 

Love you family. 
Con amor, Hermana Jones

click here to read "The Family: A Proclamation to the World"

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