UK House of Commons Speaker’s Chaplain and MP from Northern Ireland Receive Family Values Awards

Contributed By the Church News

  • 19 December 2016

Family Values Awards at UK Parliament. From left to right, Elder Patrick Kearon, Rev. Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, and Elder Clifford Herbertson.  Photo by Pater Blanchflower.

Article Highlights

  • 2016 UK Family Values Awards were given from the Church to two recipients.
  • The first recipient is a member of parliament for Strangford in Northern Ireland.
  • The second recipient is chaplain to the speaker of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons.

“I do believe that within our society, within our community, that family is the central building block.” —Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the speaker of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons

Jim Shannon, member of parliament for Strangford in Northern Ireland, and Rev. Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the speaker of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons—and a chaplain to HM the Queen—received the 2016 UK Family Values Awards from the Church at an event held at Parliament in London on December 6.

The Church in the United Kingdom presents Family Values Awards annually to individuals in the public eye whose work and influence have a significant impact on family life within society.

Elder Patrick Kearon, a General Authority Seventy and President of the Church’s Europe Area—who was accompanied by his wife, Sister Jennifer Kearon—praised the vision and influence of the 2016 award recipients:

“Jim Shannon reflects family values in his approach to his own life and to the leadership he shows on topics of vital importance to the national and international community. You demonstrate firsthand that ‘family’ is indeed the basis of strong and stable societies—nationally and globally.”

Particular emphasis was also placed on the outstanding work Jim Shannon undertakes with respect to supporting freedom of religion and belief.

“Rose Hudson-Wilkin has championed family values and Christian ethics in her personal life and in her public roles. As the 79th chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons, she has displayed a steady spiritual influence amidst the often turbulent life in the House of Commons.”

Jim Shannon said that when he heard he was about to receive the award “it was certainly an encouragement to me.” He added that he hoped it would also be an encouragement to others in their own family circumstances: “That somebody was trying to help them, to make their lives a little bit better.”

“I do believe that within our society, within our community, that family is the central building block,” remarked Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin. She continued: “I will use all my time, all my energy, for praying not just for our family and our children but for all our families, all our children.”

Elder Clifford Herbertson, Area Seventy, speaks at the Family Values Awards at UK Parliament. Photo by Pater Blanchflower.

Elder Clifford T. Herbertson, an Area Seventy, concluded the awards ceremony by addressing the challenges to family life, as well as potential solutions: “As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we want to join with like-minded individuals in strengthening the family—within the walls of the home itself and in broader society. We believe in family.”

Family Values Awards were first presented by the Church in the United Kingdom in 2001. David Rutley, member of parliament for Macclesfield, hosted this year’s luncheon at the House of Commons. The 2016 Awards event was attended by 14 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum.

Sandra Shannon and Jim Shannon accept the Family Values Award at the UK Parliament. Photo by Pater Blanchflower.

Members of the UK Parliament were among prominent guests, along with religious leaders and others, at the United Kingdom 2016 Family Values Awards. Photo by Pater Blanchflower.

Family Values Awards at UK Parliament. From left to right, Elder Patrick Kearon, Sister Jennifer Kearon, Rev. Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Jim Shannon MP, Sister Julie Herbertson, Elder Clifford Herbertson. Photo by Pater Blanchflower.

Elder Patrick Kearon, Europe Area President, speaks at the Family Values Awards at the UK Parliament. Photo by Pater Blanchflower.

Jim Shannon speaks at the Family Values Awards at UK Parliament. Photo by Pater Blanchflower.

Rev. Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin at the Family Values Awards at UK Parliament. Photo by Pater Blanchflower.