Hosts David Steele and Linda Hill introduce themselves and talk about their “why” behind the podcast and what it means to them to promote the family. Linda (0:50) is a mother, grandmother, and master up-cycler. David (3:10) grew up on a farm, was a member of BYU’s Vocal Point, and has been married for two years. Though they each have busy lives and responsibilities, they both believe that promoting the family is worth a sacrifice of their time and efforts (5:10). Listen to the full episode here.

What does it mean to promote the family?

Linda: “Even though not every family has an ideal situation, I believe there are principles that every family can implement in their homes that will bring success, happiness and joy. Sometimes the proclamation is viewed differently by different people, there are some people that might feel it might not fit into their life. Even with situations where there is a single parent or out of the ordinary situations, the proclamation provides the truths that can fill in those gaps and still provide these things for your children in any circumstance.”

“The most important thing is that everything in the proclamation points to the Savior. He is the one who ultimately fills in the gaps where we fall short. There’s no such thing as a perfect family. But there are perfect principles, perfect doctrines and perfect truths that can help anyone at any stage of life.”

What was a turning point for you? Why did you decide to do this podcast?

David: “I went to BYU and I remember one time my wife came home from one of her classes and she told me they had gone around the room and talked about what they were going to do after they graduated and what their career was going to be. When it came to my wife, she said that she was going to move to Idaho with her husband, raise sheep, and start a family. The response she got from her fellow classmates was shock and disbelief. They said, “No, really, what are you really going to do?”

“We all grew up with the family proclamation, and everyone in that classroom knows about the family proclamation fairly well, but everybody sees it differently; everyone has their own perception about what the family proclamation means. When she told me that story, it impacted me. I felt like maybe the family does need some promotion and some truth taught around it. That’s the main reason why I am doing this.”

“I want every child to have the opportunity to grow up in the best family that they can have. I know there aren’t going to be perfect families, but there can be really great families that can raise really great people. That’s what my wife and I are trying to do. We’re trying to build a family and I want to do everything I can to help others do that as well.”

David Steele
Co-Host, “The Raising Family Podcast”

Why this website dedicated to “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”?

Linda: What is there to support the family? What is there to tell people that the family is good? What kind of tools do we have out there to help families become successful and happy? If every child could have a home where they felt secure and loved, where they were taught correct principles and where there were positive expectations, I think the world would be a very different place.

David: Let’s strive for that. Let’s shoot the highest we can to have the ideal family, even though that’s a hard task. But we can get close. We can get really close to having the ideal family.

Listen to the full episode here.

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