The Family Proclamation

September 23, 2021 08:51 AM MDT
"While our own families are our most important responsibility, every family on the earth is in need of the vital blessings that come from living true principles."
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November 18, 2020 12:30 PM MST
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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September 23, 2020 10:29 PM MDT
September 23, 1995, was a historic and unforgettable date in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Exactly 25 years ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley revealed “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
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September 01, 2020 08:07 PM MDT
Although having children had never been a priority for her, Carena Kastello was devastated when she was faced with infertility. Becoming angry and resentful, Kastello felt like she couldn’t fulfill her duty as mother as was discussed in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
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February 14, 2020 04:00 PM MST
Editor's note: Our weekly Friday column “Found in the Footnotes” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
May 14, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
After Jesus fed the 5,000 with the loaves and fishes, He instructed His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” So if you’re one of those people who scrupulously saves every last penny, nickel, and dime, you’re actually following Christ’s example. It’s true that as the dollar value shrinks, spare change increases in insignificance, but reading this list of 10 church products that a few coins can buy might just reinflate your motivation to penny-pinch.
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December 26, 2018 01:46 PM MST
When you were married, you pledged your fidelity and gave your commitment to do your best as your wife’s husband and as the father of her children. These are sacred trusts, responsibilities that cannot be fulfilled casually or without considerable effort on your part.
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By  Erin Jones
June 01, 2018 08:32 PM MDT
Get the entire FHE lesson series on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
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By  Erin Jones
May 25, 2018 08:29 PM MDT
Get the entire FHE lesson series on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
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By  Erin Jones
May 18, 2018 08:21 PM MDT
Get the entire FHE lesson series on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
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By  Erin Jones
May 11, 2018 08:19 PM MDT
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By  Erin Jones
May 04, 2018 08:15 PM MDT
Get the entire FHE lesson series on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
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By  Erin Jones
April 27, 2018 08:10 PM MDT
Get the entire FHE lesson series on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
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By  Erin Jones
April 20, 2018 08:10 PM MDT
Get the entire FHE lesson series on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
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By  Erin Jones
April 13, 2018 08:03 PM MDT
Get the entire FHE lesson series on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
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By  Erin Jones
April 06, 2018 08:01 PM MDT
Get the entire FHE lesson series on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
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By  LDS Living
October 16, 2017 05:47 PM MDT
In his October 2017 general conference address, Elder Dallin H. Oaks shared the importance of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," saying, "The restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the inspired family proclamation. . . are essential teachings to guide mortal preparation for exaltation."
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July 05, 2017 07:29 PM MDT
Satan is laboring mightily to impede the progress of the Kingdom. If you had been assigned by him to decide where to attack in order to lessen the power of the Church, where would you focus your efforts? Which doctrines or organizations would you be most determined to undermine? Elder Boyd K. Packer named the number one target on Lucifer’s hit list.
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Fun
November 14, 2016 09:30 AM MST
One of the most cliché phrases in sports is “defense wins championships.” However, there is great truth to it, which is why it became so verbally repetitive in the first place. It doesn’t just apply to sports, though. It can also be applied to the gospel of Jesus Christ, specifically the doctrine of the family. Defending our families can lead to the greatest championship of all—eternal life with our Heavenly Parents. Our families can become celestial through the merits, mercy, and grace of our Savior Jesus Christ.
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By  LDS Living
October 07, 2016 09:25 AM MDT
The visiting teaching message for October 2016 highlights the line from "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" that states, "The family is ordained of God." Sister Carole M. Stephens and Elder L. Tom Perry explain the heavenly pattern of families.
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January 19, 2016 10:00 PM MST
Conference Talk: For more information on this topic read "Strengthen Home and Family," by Mary N. Cook (Ensign, Nov 2007, 11-13).
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By  LDS Living
January 08, 2016 09:42 AM MST
Of the general Relief Society meeting in 1995, when President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) first read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, said: “We were grateful for and valued the clarity, simplicity, and truth of this revelatory document. … The proclamation on the family has become our benchmark for judging the philosophies of the world, and I testify that the principles set forth … are as true today as they were when they were given to us by a prophet of God nearly 20 years ago.”
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October 08, 2015 07:52 PM MDT
This video celebrates the 20th anniversary of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" and features an LDS family as they share their testimony of this wonderful counsel from our Heavenly Father.
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October 01, 2015 08:50 AM MDT
A lot has happened in the world and within the Church since last general conference—from the US Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage to the death of three Apostles to the dedication of four new temples. It's incredible to think just how much can change over six short months. Take a look!
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September 23, 2015 03:45 PM MDT
Wednesday marks the 20-year anniversary of the release of an important document. In 1995, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints put forth a set of principles that would help strengthen families and communities throughout the world. Those time-tested guidelines came in the form of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Virginia H. Pearce, daughter of late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, was serving in the Church’s auxiliary leadership at the time. She shares her thoughts on the moment she heard the proclamation and her feelings today.
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September 02, 2015 01:48 PM MDT
The World Congress of Families IX announced on September 1 that Elder M. Russell Ballard will be a keynote speaker for this global gathering, set to begin October 27, 2015. It will be the first time the event will take place in the United States and will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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August 06, 2015 07:59 PM MDT
Last summer, Bethany Paterno, a member of the Oak Ridge Ward, Spring Texas Stake, was reading an article in the Church News to her husband, Marcus, about some of the Latter-day Saint women who were being recognized by American Mothers, Inc. as the Mother of the Year for their states. “I told [my husband], ‘Wow, what an amazing honor. That is really cool,’” Sister Paterno recalled. A year later, she cried and jumped up and down when she learned she had been chosen as the 2015 Texas Young Mother of the Year.
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December 26, 2014 10:00 PM MST
Not too long ago, there was an apostle by the name of Bruce R. McConkie who gave us some of the most doctrinally rich sermons we have in the Church. Some of you might remember him!
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June 07, 2012 04:21 PM MDT
The traditional family—father, mother, and children—is in rapid decline, though “children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows,” a Church leader warned at the World Congress of Families held in Madrid on May 25–27 (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2010, 129). Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the Seventy addressed the audience at the opening plenary session of the congress. He was introduced by Sister Mary Ellen Smoot, former Relief Society general president.
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February 03, 2012 03:38 PM MST
Last week we wrote about the importance of distinguishing between people who are "interested" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and should be invited to have the missionaries and those who are merely "curious" and need a thoughtful and well-worded answer to a question they have. Often the quality of our answers to questions can determine whether someone comes to view the church favorably; and sometimes a clear and accurate answer can even help curiosity turn into interest.
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