In 1995 the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a proclamation that supports the doctrines taught in section 83. This proclamation reads in part:
“Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. …
“… By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).
Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For
Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, pp. 179–80.
Suggestions for Teaching
Doctrine and Covenants 83. Husbands have the responsibility to provide for their wives and children. Church members are to help care for widows, orphans, and the poor.
Invite a few of your students’ parents and priesthood leaders to class to participate in a panel discussion. Tell them in advance that you will be teaching Doctrine and Covenants 83, and provide them with a list of questions like the following.
Questions for Parents
What do you most enjoy about being a parent?
What is one of the most difficult challenges you face as a parent?
How does your responsibility described in Doctrine and Covenants 83:4 make you feel?
What is needed to provide this “maintenance” for a family?
What suggestions do you have for youth in the Church as they prepare for parenthood?
Questions for Priesthood Leaders
How does the Church help take care of widows, orphans, and the poor?
What could the youth do to help the “Lord’s storehouse” today?
Aside from financial help, how can the youth help widows and orphans?
How does your responsibility described in Doctrine and Covenants 83:5 make you feel?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 83, and ask the parents and priesthood leaders to respond to some of the questions. Invite students to ask them any questions they might have about parental and priesthood responsibilities. After the panel discussion, encourage students to write thank-you notes to their own parents, priesthood leaders, or both for their help, support, and love.