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Making connections between our culture & the gospel in everyday life.

Bringing “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”

into your world.

We know there are a lot of challenging cultural issues in our day. We also know it can be sometimes difficult to make sense of things from a Christian worldview.

We’re here to work through it together and help find ways the family proclamation relates to us all.

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Why Seeing Christ as an Unborn Baby Will Change Your Christmas Forever

How marriage and family are "the order of heaven"

Paragraph 1: Marriage is Ordained of God
Paragraph 2: Gender
Paragraph 6: Parents & Children
Paragraph 3: God’s Plan of Happiness
Paragraph 7: Successful Families, Mothers & Fathers
Paragraph 4: Procreation & Sexual Intimacy
Paragraph 8: Warnings & Accountability
Paragraph 5: Sanctity of Life
Paragraph 9: Family Advocacy in Community & Government

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Week 45: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 45: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

It’s easy to see how the family fits in to this week’s Come Follow Me lesson as we learn of forever families and eternal marriage. The principles discussed correlate with doctrine in "The Family: A Proclamation to the World". What might not feel so easy, is...

Week 44: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 44: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Loved ones beyond the veil of death are not lost to us. “Families are the basic organizational unit of the eternal realms, and so He (God, our Father) intends for them also to be the basic unit on earth.” (Pres. Eyring, April 2017) In this week’s Come Follow Me...

Week 43: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 43: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Nauvoo is a reminder that whatever the circumstances, we can build. Build a community, a temple, a home. This week’s lesson focuses on the Nauvoo period and much of what happened there. With all that is happening in the world around us, it could be tempting to fear...

Week 42: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 42: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

More than once we may have used D&C 121 as an excuse for our own “pity party”. But reading this week’s lesson, we may read it differently. Joseph wasn’t having a pity party, although he had every right to one. He was praying for others, the Saints as a whole! His...

Week 41: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 41: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

How important is a name? President Nelson called it “a matter of great importance” (Nov. 2018) and this week’s lesson in D&C 115:4–6 the Lord is very specific in designating the name of His church.  If the name of the Church matters, what about the names and...

Week 40: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 40: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

The family is “central to the Creator’s plan” but could it ever be used to lead someone away from God? In this week’s Come, Follow Me lesson we are reminded of the importance of humility and how a lack of it can lead to terrible trouble; leaving us vulnerable to...

Week 39: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 39: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

How much does it matter that we love and know our ancestors? In this week’s Come Follow Me lesson we learn how the work restored by Elijah in the Kirtland temple is intended “to turn​ the ​​​hearts​ of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers”...

Why Does God Care So Much About Chastity and Sexual Intimacy?

Why Does God Care So Much About Chastity and Sexual Intimacy?

In the August 2020 Ensign, Elder and Sister Renlund wrote a landmark article about the why’s behind some of the most talked about (and potentially confusing) subjects: human sexuality and sexual intimacy. Here are a few main takeaways from the Renlunds on why these things are such a big deal–and why they play such a big role in paragraphs 7 and 8 of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

Week 38: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 38: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

The parallel with this week’s lesson is the importance of roles. The blessings and responsibilities of each office/each role that come from God. One is not less important than the other, they all have specific duties and specialties of service, and blessings that come with the assignments to help us perform them. Some mothers may not feel very nurturing. Some fathers may struggle to provide. But continually practicing those roles, with the ideal as a guide, we can learn and grown into them.

Week 37: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 37: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Because every human being “is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny” it is God’s intention that all are cared for. In this week’s lesson, we learn of an “everlasting order” also called the “United...

Week 36: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 36: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

If you ask someone older how they felt when “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” was announced, they will likely say “I didn’t think much of it, it seemed like, ‘duh, of course’.” Today, the sentiment for some, is different. Some would say it is filled with “hot...

Week 35: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 35: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

The Lord instructed how to build, in this case, temples. But these instructions can apply to building a home, a family, and a person as well. We can build our lives “not after the manner of the world” (95:13) but after the way the Lord has designed. What are some of...

Week 34: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 34: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

“And now a commandment ... if you will be delivered ... set in order your own house.” With so much happening around us, much that we seemingly can do so little about, this commandment (D&C 93:43,50) is timely and empowering. “... set in order [our] family; and see...

Week 33: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 33: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

The Word of Wisdom is “a principle with promise”—and the promise includes wisdom, knowledge and physical health. (Doctrine and Covenants 89:3,19). This week’s lesson reminds us that it’s given to us as individuals, but the outcome of obedience (or disobedience) can...

Week 32: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Week 32: Finding the Family in Come, Follow Me

Feeling chaotic? Needing a sense of order? A house of order.... for most people that means clean, tidy, organized. Verse 119 of section 88 in this week’s Come Follow Me lesson, directs us to organize and prepare ourselves. It calls, among other things, for a house of...

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