Chapter 29: Families Are Important

"Chapter 29: Families Are Important," Part Eight: Saving Our Families, ()


Why has our Father in Heaven planned for us to live as families here on the earth?

Our Father in Heaven Planned for Us to Live as Families

Our family here on earth is like our heavenly family. We were part of a heavenly family before we came to this earth. We were spirit children of God, who is our Father in Heaven. He loves us and cares about us. He wants the best things for us and wants us to return and live with Him one day.

Our Father in Heaven put together the first family when He gave Eve to Adam in marriage. He told them to have children. This was so that our Father in Heaven’s spirit children could receive bodies of flesh and bones. He told them to give their children the things they needed. He also told them to teach their children the gospel and to help them receive the ordinances of the gospel.

Our Father in Heaven has put us into families for several reasons.

First, from our parents we receive bodies of flesh and bones. We need bodies of flesh and bones to learn the things we need to do so we can live with our Father in Heaven forever.

Second, families can provide the things we need on this earth. Parents can provide food, clothing, shelter, love, and other necessary things for their children. Later, children can take care of their parents when the parents are too old to take care of themselves.

Third, parents can teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to their children. They can teach them to obey our Father in Heaven’s commandments. And they can make sure the children receive the ordinances Jesus has said we must receive.

Discussion

  • Why did our Father in Heaven organize us to come to earth as families?

  • Which was the first family to come to earth?

  • What did our Father in Heaven plan that our families would do for us?

Our Father in Heaven Wants Family Members to Love Each Other

Our family here on earth can be as our heavenly family was in heaven. The family can feel a love that will make them want to help each other and do and say kind things to each other.

The husband and wife in a family should love each other. They should be kind and help each other. They should not say or do anything that would make the other feel bad.

Parents should love their children. They should teach their children to love each other. They should teach them to help and care for each other.

Children should love their parents. They should respect, obey, and help their parents.

Discussion

  • Read Ephesians 4:29–32.

  • How can we help family members love each other?

  • Why does our Father in Heaven want family members to love each other?

The Most Important Thing We Can Do Is Work to Have a Happy and Righteous Family

Working to bring up a righteous family is the most important work we can do. No matter how well we succeed at doing other things, if we do not teach our family to love and obey our Father in Heaven, we have failed in our most important duty. Sometimes, our children may choose not to love and obey our Father in Heaven, but we must do all we can to teach them His ways. If parents do all they can to teach their children properly, our Father in Heaven will not hold them responsible for their children’s wrongdoings. Parents fail only when they stop trying to be good parents.

Our families can give us our greatest happiness in life. We do much good when we work diligently to raise children to become good members of the Church and to become good citizens in the country in which they live.

The family is the most important part of the Church. Our Father in Heaven organized His Church to help families do all they need to do to return to Him. The Church wants to help each family be together forever.

Satan knows how important families are in our Father in Heaven’s plan. He tries to make us do things that will break our families apart.

Discussion

  • How important is your family to you?

Our Father in Heaven Has Told Us How to Have a Good Family

All of us want to have a good and happy family. Here are some of the things that will help the family:

  1. 1.

    The family should pray together in the morning and at night.

  2. 2.

    The parents should pray together each day.

  3. 3.

    The parents should teach the children the gospel.

  4. 4.

    The family should read the scriptures together every day.

  5. 5.

    The family should attend Church meetings together each Sunday.

  6. 6.

    The family should fast together once a month when the children are old enough to fast and understand the purpose of fasting.

  7. 7.

    The family should meet together each week for a meeting of the family called family home evening* to talk about the good things the family has done. They should also discuss how to solve any problems anyone has. In this meeting they can also sing, have a lesson, learn some verses in the scriptures, play games, and have something special to eat or drink.

  8. 8.

    The family should work and read together.

  9. 9.

    The family members should be kind and patient with each other.

  10. 10.

    The family should keep a history of the things they do.

If we remember to pray by ourselves and as a family, our Father in Heaven will be close to us. He will hear our prayers and answer them in a way that is best for us.

Discussion

  • What are some of the things we can do to have a good family?

References

Our Father in Heaven Planned for Us to Live as Families

  • Matthew 19:3–8 (Our Father in Heaven planned for husbands and wives always to remain married.)

Our Father in Heaven Wants Family Members to Love Each Other

  • Genesis 2:21–24 (Our Father in Heaven made Adam and Eve and made them husband and wife.)

The Most Important Thing We Can Do Is Work to Have a Happy and Righteous Family

  • Ephesians 5:25 (The husband is told to love his wife.)

  • Ephesians 6:1 (Children are told to obey their parents.)

  • Titus 2:4 (The wife is told to love her husband.)

  • Mosiah 4:14–15 (Parents are told to take care of the needs of their children and to teach them how to be righteous.)

Our Father in Heaven Has Told Us How to Have a Good Family