Happiness in this life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.” Thus begins the landmark declaration “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” issued in 1995 (see Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).
Indeed, our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness is reflected in our homes and in our families. As children, it is under the guidance of our parents and through interaction with our sisters and brothers that we first learn to love, to give, to grow, and to live. We experience the joys and pains of life within the circles of our families.
The proclamation on the family goes on to declare that “happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”
Whatever the makeup of your family, these divine doctrines remain constants for success—foundations for happy lives. The following artwork by Latter-day Saint artists depicts various families as they teach, learn, and live gospel principles.
Gospel progression, love, respect, compassion, example, teaching, and learning all happen within our families. These are some of the principles illustrated in the following works.
Wholesome recreational activities play an important part in a healthy and happy family life.