For a quarter of a century, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” has been a foundational, doctrinal declaration on God’s pattern of marriage and the family for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The bringing forth of this prophetic proclamation could also be considered a hinge point in the history of the Church. Because it was issued by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, it is a unified and prophetic statement that has and will continue to stand as a powerful beacon of truth in an increasingly confusing world.
In just 600 words, the family proclamation outlines what President Dallin H. Oaks declared as “the Lord’s reemphasis of the gospel truths we need to sustain us through current challenges to the family … [it] is a statement of eternal truth, the will of the Lord for His children who seek eternal life. It has been the basis of Church teaching and practice … and will continue so for the future.” (link)
Oftentimes we hear about the importance of defending the family. However, the unique thing about “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” is that it is not only about defending the family, but also about defending the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Why? The two are linked together by statements of eternal truth, namely 1) we believe the prophet speaks for God and that apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ to all the world; and 2) their unified words in the family proclamation are truth.
That’s why throughout this site, you’ll find that we’re not aiming to debate the family proclamation but, rather, support it. Because it’s a statement of eternal, unchangeable truth that is the basis of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the proclamation is not up for debate. In other words, when it comes to eternal truth, there is no debate because eternal truth is just that: eternal, unchanging truth. This is a bold statement, to be sure, in a world where we’re encouraged to speak our own truth. But when you make the connections between the foundations of the church (see The Articles of Faith), prophets and apostles and the plan of salvation (centered on the family), it’s easy to see why the family proclamation is so much more than 600 words on paper. It’s truth because it came through the mouthpieces of God.
The family proclamation begins with a unified, stage-setting declaration: “We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This is important because it tells us who is declaring these words and by what authority they are doing so. These are prophets, seers and revelators speaking to the world about the truths of the family. Of this apostolic authority, Elder Neuenschwander of the Seventy says:
The fundamental responsibility of prophets, seers, and revelators, all of whom bear apostolic authority, is to bear certain testimony of the name of Jesus Christ in all the world. This basic call to be a special witness of His name has remained constant whenever Apostles have been on the earth. …
We sustain 15 men not only as prophets and revelators but as seers also. The presence of seers among us is not much spoken of, yet the ability to see beyond the present lends power and authority to apostolic testimony and teaching. …
Our sustaining support of prophets, seers, and revelators is not in the upraised hand alone, but more so in our courage, testimony, and faith to listen to, heed, and follow them. (link)
It’s our hope that by spending time on this site, you and your loved ones will be able to understand the importance of prophets and apostles for our day and make a stronger connection to our Heavenly Father’s teachings on the family. These 600 words are God’s blueprint for creating happy marriages and families. We hope that you’ll see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” in a new light and as a tool for helping you to have the desire to create, strengthen and heal your marriage and family.