Elder Eran A. Call, who was then a member of the Seventy, shared the following:
“President Harold B. Lee said, ‘The greatest of the Lord’s work you brethren will ever do as fathers will be within the walls of your own home’ [in Conference Report, Apr. 1973, 130; or Ensign, July 1973, 98].
“We should always remember President David O. McKay’s warning from this pulpit 33 years ago: ‘No other success can compensate for failure in the home. The poorest shack in which love prevails over a united family is of greater value to God and future humanity than any other riches. In such a home God can work miracles and will work miracles’ [quoting J. E. McCulloch, Home: The Savior of Civilization (1924), 42; in Conference Report, Apr. 1964, 5].
“The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, whom we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators, two years ago solemnly proclaimed to the world our beliefs concerning marriage, parents, and the family. I challenge each of you to read, study, and live by this inspired proclamation. May it become the guideline and standard by which we live in our homes and raise our children.
“Our homes can be, and should be, a refuge and a sanctuary from the troubled world we live in; may we make them such by striving daily to keep sacred the holy covenants we have made” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1997, 38–39; or Ensign, Nov. 1997, 29).
Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For
Marriage between a man and a woman is essential to Heavenly Father’s plan for the happiness of His children (see
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”; see also Genesis 2:20–24).
Families are strengthened as they live by the inspired principles in the proclamation on the family (see
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”; see also Articles of Faith 1:13).
Church History in the Fulness of Times: Religion 341–43, pp. 631–32.
Suggestions for Teaching
Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Video presentation 21, “The Importance of the Family, Part 1” (11:46), and presentation 22, “The Importance of the Family, Part 2” (9:25), can be used in teaching “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (see Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Video Guide for teaching suggestions).
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Marriage between a man and a woman is essential to Heavenly Father’s plan for the happiness of His children.
Separate the young men from the young women. Have the groups face each other, and ask both groups:
What characteristics do you most want the person you will marry to have?
Why are those characteristics important to you?
What part do these characteristics play when you are deciding who you will date or spend time with now?
Invite students to read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” in the student study guide (pp. 223–24). Have them look for the responsibilities God has given to husbands and wives. Then ask the two groups:
What characteristics would a husband or wife need in order to accomplish the responsibilities God has given them?
How do these attributes compare to the ones you listed as being important in a mate?
Why would it be as important for you to develop these attributes as it would be for your future husband or wife?
Encourage students to live in such a way that they will be a worthy, loving, and responsible husband or wife when the time comes for them to marry.
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Families are strengthened as they live by the inspired principles in the proclamation on the family.
Invite students to read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” in the student study guide (pp. 223–24). Ask:
Which of the doctrines and principles mentioned in the proclamation do you think are most important in order for a family to be happy and successful?
Why would following these principles lead to happiness?
What efforts and sacrifices must a family make to live these principles?
Have students choose a principle or doctrine from the proclamation that impresses them and find a scripture that supports it. A few sample answers are given in the following table:
Invite a few students to share their principle and scripture. Have students write on a piece of paper what they could do to help their family better live the principle or doctrine they chose.
Read the words to