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Monday, November 30, 2009

Motivational Monday - "Forever Family"

Families are ordained of God and are the most important social unit in time and eternity. Our Heavenly Father’s divine plan of happiness allows family relationships to endure beyond the grave.

The family is the fundamental unit of society and the primary setting in which children develop virtue. God has placed families at the center of His eternal plan for the happiness of His children.

In a family, children learn about love, trust, loyalty, cooperation, and service. They learn how to behave in a community and develop the attributes of good citizenship. The health of any society lies in the strength of its families. Thus, strengthening families will strengthen communities and nations. Home should be a haven, free from the conflicts of the outside world—a place where everyone feels safe, respected, and accepted. Ways to facilitate this feeling of harmony in your home include:

• Loving and serving one another. The Savior Jesus Christ demonstrated perfect love in His unfailing service throughout His life on Earth. Serving others teaches humility, builds self-discipline, creates unity, strengthens work ethics, and leads to greater love and compassion. 

• Spending quality time together.

• Instituting and maintaining family home evening once a week. Family home evening nights should be centered on building and maintaining family relationships. Activities can include games, songs, discussions, treats, short lessons, family stories, and so forth.

• Adopting a family hobby.

• Spending time in wholesome recreational activities.

• Communicating effectively. Good communication skills can help your family express love and respect for one another and develop feelings of confidence and self-worth.

• Consistently building unity with your spouse. The partnership of marriage and the resulting family are central focal points in God’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

• Establishing limits for use of electronic equipment in the home. Agreeing on reasonable time limits for television, computer, video games, and other electronic equipment will facilitate stronger family communication.

• Teaching children about Jesus Christ and helping them follow His example. Children need help in learning to recognize the Holy Ghost. Teaching them how to know what they are feeling is from God will help them to understand right and wrong and will aid them in making good decisions throughout their lives.

• Participating in children’s schoolwork and activities by volunteering to coach, lead, or chaperone; attending sporting events, performances, and any other activities whenever possible; getting to know teachers and coaches; finding out about long-term projects or assignments and assisting with goal setting and planning.

• Taking family vacations.

• Preparing and eating meals together can stimulate conversation.

Information obtained from You can also know more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons) from this link.


The Garden of Egan said...

Beautiful thoughts! Very appropriate. Love the picture. Looks like you're right in my back yard!

Scrappy Girl said...

I really admire the Mormon sense of family.

Zoey said...

Yeah! Wasn't it just great? I am SO excited for them!

Valerie said...

What a great pic!

Rhonda said...

Im so glad you guys were with us. it ment the world to us to have our family there. Son't forget to email me the picts. love ya bunches.

Cherie said...

Great post!
Wondering about the picture - I haven't seen so many people on the outside of the Temple wearing white.
Hope you had a fun Thanksgiving.

Connie said...

We would certainly have a close family if we concentrated on following every point brought up.
Great post!


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