Lessons about The Family Proclamation
The Family Proclamation to The World by The First Presidency and The Council of The Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is full of eternal principles and truths that can help you and your family understand the true nature and destiny of each individual and family. These principles, once applied, will act as a light that will illuminate each member of the family and, in a progressive way, will lead us to integrate other related values and principles which will strengthen family relationships.
I would say that almost every sentence teaches a principle, but here are some of them: Marriage is ordained of God, 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, His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience, The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities,
How early is too early to start teaching your children about these principles? If you have young children, you can simplify each principle and add an activity to solidify what was taught by an activity.
Jocelyn wrote a wonderful blog post about how she taught her children (ages 4- 1) about The Family Proclamation. They actually memorized the whole Proclamation one line at a time, every day for 30 consecutive days. Each day, they also did a craft or an object lesson to help clarify the lessons being taught.
Whether you do the same or you just pick and choose a couple of activities for your Family Home Evening is up to you.
Here is a short list of some of my favorites:
To see the full list of 30 activities for 30 days, visit Jocelyn’s blog at http://beinglds.blogspot.com/p/family-proclamation-lessons.html
You will need to have a different approach for your older children. First have them read The Proclamation and ask them if they have any questions. Talk about each paragraph and explain the principles contained in it.
You can ask them questions like: Did you know that you can help change the world during your teenage years? You have the power within you to stand up for eternal truths that are being attacked every day.
You can help standing up for the family through your actions and in your conversations at home, in the community, and even online. Here are several ways you can defend the family every day.
1. Put family time first. Don’t underestimate the way you can defend the family unit just by participating in your family.
2. Strengthen your family members. Look for ways to make life easier for your siblings and parents.
3. Be an example of good family life. Let your friends know about successes your family shares.
4. Stand up for the family in your conversations. When conversations come up in school, work, and other activities—or even in text messages, e-mails, social networking sites, or online articles—where truths about the family are attacked, have the courage to defend the doctrines about Heavenly Father’s plan for families.
5. Beware of how the media defines families. Much in the media today does not support God’s definition of marriage and families.
6. Do temple work (12 years and older). Many of your ancestors have not received the essential ordinances that seal them together as families. You can strengthen your family ties with them.
7. Develop habits today that you want in your future family.Even if you don’t come from a strong family, you can make your future family strong as you prepare for and worthily marry in the temple and seek to raise a righteous family of your own.
Sister Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, has said to the young members of the Church, “This generation will be called upon to defend the doctrine of the family as never before” (“Teaching the Doctrine of the Family,” Ensign, March 2011, 17)