It has been 17 years this month since President Hinckley stood up in the General Relief Society Meeting and read the document that so many have grown to know and love—The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
Since then, the Family Proclamation has been a fixture and a guide in teaching and learning about the earthly—and eternal—nature and importance of our families. It has been spoken of, quoted, memorized and recited.
Three years ago, a pair of LDS bloggers, Montserrat of Chocolate on my Cranium and Jocelyn of We Talk of Christ, began a web event celebrating the Proclamation. This year they are being joined by co-hosts Stephanie of Diapers & Divinity and Middle-aged Mormon Man.
This year’s celebration will be running from Monday, September 17, to Sunday, September 30. During that time there will be daily posts on all four blogs from the hosts and other guest bloggers. There will be doctrine, art, humor, crafts, and lesson ideas—all inspired by the teachings of the Family Proclamation.
A few of the dozens of scheduled contributors this year will be:
Shawni @ 71 Toes
DeNae @ My Real Life Was Backordered
Crystal @ Crystal's a Pistol
Paul @ A Latter-day Voice
Mormon Guy @ (Gay) Mormon Guy
Steve @ Mormon Wookiee
Kristin @ Inkablinka
Melanie @ Sugardoodle
There are also “blog hops” scheduled, where anyone can participate by sharing their ideas on the Proclamation on their own blogs.
• Wed. September 19: Share an FHE lesson or Craft about The Family Proclamation
• Sun. September 23: Share your personal thoughts or experiences with any aspect of the Proclamation
• Wed. September 26: Family Proclamation Photo Essay - pair photos of your family with different phrases from the Proclamation. Check out photo essays from past celebrations here and here for ideas.
Everyone is invited to be a part of the celebration. Oh, and there will be some giveaways as well.
The purpose of the Proclamation Celebration is to have a safe place where those who desire can express their appreciation for these wonderful teachings. The hope is that by focusing on the Proclamation and really digging in, all can understand its teachings better and learn how to better incorporate them into relationships with spouses, children and God.
You can find more information on the Proclamation Celebration on any of the four above-mentioned blogs or on Twitter. Use the hashtags #CelebrateFamily and #FamilyProclamation.