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October 16, 2007

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

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The Family: A Proclamation to the World

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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.

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. 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. 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.

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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30 Comments »

  1. I knew there was a reason I visited this blog aside from your pretty face. HA!

    So this is an official proclamation from the leadership of the Mormon church?

    Comment by totaltransformation — October 16, 2007 @ 4:03 pm |Reply

  2. Yes it is an official proclamation, not just to members of our church but to the world!

    Thanks for the compliment 🙂

    Comment by steffielynn — October 16, 2007 @ 4:10 pm |Reply

  3. I am a seventh generation Mormon, and I worry about first and second generation
    Mormons, who may not even be particularly familiar with the details of Mormon History.

    So I started a site in July on a hunch, on the Mountain Meadows Massacre. I doubt that Brigham Young had anything to do with the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Among his tactical advantages, the Massacre would have been the last he would have chosen. What a letter from Brother Brigham Young needed to give was permission to give food for the journey. To set out onto the low desert
    for months. Realistically, they would have been worn out and in no position
    to refuse the Church’s help.

    This was in time of war. Utah had become a Territory after the questionable Doctrine
    of President Monroe. Brother Brigham was very bright. Joseph Smith was the Prophet Joseph–the Brother of all.

    I don’t believe Brigham Young had a mystical bone in his body. Each of the Presidents of the Church had his own
    style of Revelation and leadership.
    Brigham was a masterful manager of
    his very complex Church which was in forced migration. He could not only
    see the way up ahead, but how to
    get there.

    He was sometimes wrong. He told Ellis Shipp not to marry Milton Shipp, a man formerly married and divorce. She was
    being educated by Karl Maeser, the first President of BYU, who was hired to educate Brigham Young’s children. Ellis’
    mother was dead and she was studying
    for her exams on her own and he paid for some of her University expenses for Medical School.

    She did marry Milton, and go to Medical
    School, her sister wife Maggie joined her
    and they practiced Pediatrics, particularly
    Ear, Nose and Throat, delivered babies
    and trained Midwifes for the Inter mountain West.

    The Premise of September Dawn is that
    Brigham Young was a Bloodthirsty Dictator who ordered the massacre of
    more than a Hundred people. Since
    Utah was a territory and he its Governor
    he was the head of the State Militia. He had an Militia which was overextended.
    Did he foresee or order the Massacre?

    It is the right task of any serious writer to
    fully understand their subject. There is the common idea that writers must be fully objective. They must be fully engaged–a subject must be embraced. Accuracy is an end product of this process.

    When you can see through all your character’s eyes, you can see what they see–their journey and how they got there. From what I’m hearing, I don’t think the writers working on September Dawn even mastered the trivia.

    Go to the Last entry if you read my blog,
    where I put the most important material.
    I need to line edit it. I have a neuro-muscular disease that effects my eyes. You can tell morning from evening posts by the number of small errors.

    Kathleen Matheson Weber

    Comment by Kathleen — October 16, 2007 @ 5:11 pm |Reply

  4. Kathleen thank you for you comment, I wonder if you could answer some of the questions my fellow bloggers have asked me. Particularly regarding polygamy. Some think it was forced on the LDS women. As a 7th generation member I feel you could enlighten all of us! Thanks

    Comment by steffielynn — October 16, 2007 @ 6:35 pm |Reply

  5. Kathleen

    Brigham Young –
    Monogamy is the source of prostitution and whoredom:

    “Since the founding of the Roman empire monogamy has prevailed more extensively than in times previous to that. The founders of that ancient empire were robbers and women stealers, and made laws favoring monogamy in consequence of the scarcity of women among them, and hence this MONOGAMIC SYSTEM which now prevails throughout Christendom, and which had been so fruitful a source of PROSTITUTION AND WHOREDOM throughout all the Christian monogamic cities of the Old and New World, until rottenness and decay are at the root of their institutions both national and religious.”
    (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, p. 128)

    Brigham Young Threatens Hell to the women on resisting Plural Marriage

    Brother George A. Smith has been reading a little out of the revelation concerning celestial marriage, and I want to say to my sisters that if you lift you heels against this revelation, and say that you would obliterate it, and put it out of existence if you had the power to nullify and destroy it, I say that if you imbibe that spirit and feeling, you will go to hell, just as sure as you are living women………………………….You sisters may say that plural marriage is very hard for you to bear. It is no such thing. A man or woman who would not spend his or her life in building up the kingdom of God on the earth, without a companion, and travel and preach, valise in hand, is worthy of God or his kingdom and they never will be crowned, they cannot be crowned; the sacrifice must be complete. If it is the duty of a husband to take a wife, take her. But it is not the privilege of a woman to dictate the husband, and tell who or how many he shall take, or what he shall do with them when he gets them, but it is the duty of the woman to submit cheerfully
    Brigham Young Journal Of Discourses VOL 17 page 159

    Comment by Elder Joseph — October 16, 2007 @ 7:16 pm |Reply

  6. How is it that only the first two comments actually talk about the post? Well, anyway…

    Steffie, what do you think of the proclamation? Is it equal to the standard works? Is it binding upon us? Does it introduce new doctrine or merely clarify doctrine that has already been given? What are your thoughts?

    Elder Joseph, I didn’t know about that quote of Brigham Young. My understanding (that didn’t come from Brigham Young) is that the current phenomena of monogamy as the norm of society can be traced to the Roman Empire. They were the major promoters of it and things haven’t changed since. I can’t remember the historical sources, but I can say that based upon the research I have looked at, everything points to Rome (concerning monogamy.)

    Comment by LDS Anarchist — October 16, 2007 @ 11:56 pm |Reply

  7. LDS Anarchist: (do you have another name? or do you prefer this one?)

    Thank you for bringing us back to the original topic! 🙂

    This proclamation is bold and at the same time loving. I think it just simply states what we as LDS believe. I especially love the part about the role of parents. That we are to protect our children and any who do not will be held acountable.

    I love that this is a proclamation to the WORLD. It shows that it truely comes from God and He desires ALL of us to hear these things, not just the faithful members.

    The first time I read this was after I had already joined the church. And since then I have read it over and over and over. I love it!

    We live in a scary world where mothers and fathers kill, sell, or abuse there precious children. I wish that the world WOULD read this and follow what God has asked us to do.

    So basically I think it is equal to the standard works, it IS binding, AND yes, it clarifies what we have already been given.

    what are your thoughts????

    Comment by steffielynn — October 17, 2007 @ 3:35 am |Reply

  8. I prefer LDS Anarchist. I don’t see any new doctrine purported in the document. It merely, as you say, states what we LDS believe. Some of it is cleverly worded, though. For example:

    “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.”

    I find it interesting what it both says and what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t say, “fathers and mothers are equal partners,” it only says that they are obligated to help one another “as equal partners.” A subtle difference that may or may not mean something, such as keeping it in line with the scriptures.

    Another interesting phrase is “other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation.” This is left undefined, most likely by design.

    I can think of one circumstance that might test the equal partners clause: polygamy. When I think of the term “equal partner,” such as in a business, I think of one person having a 50% interest, and another person having a 50% interest. If three people are equal partners, each would have 33.33% interest. Four people, 25% interest, and so on and so forth. In such a partnership, if three 25% partners decide an issue one way, and the other fourth 25% partner decides an issue a different way, then the three equal partners outway the fourth equal partner.

    So, I wonder, if a man is married to three wives, and they are equal partners, then the three women can veto their husband, right? That is, if they are equal partners. But, if they merely help as equal partners, the outcome might be different. Anyway, I find the wording very subtle to allow for these possible “other circumstances” and also to allow the term “equal partner,” which is so in vogue these days, to be used without going against revealed scripture.

    Comment by LDS Anarchist — October 17, 2007 @ 5:27 am |Reply

  9. LDS Anarchist,

    Those are interesting observations. Since the Priesthood is at the head of the household, I would have to assume the husband holds a 51% share of the “partnership”. This is not equal at all, but the phrase you point out allows for this inequality.

    Comment by Bishop Rick — October 17, 2007 @ 9:55 pm |Reply

  10. My eyes are getting dim and so I’ll answer
    your question directly. Women capable of
    pioneering in Brigham’s time never were forced into anything. They argued with or ignored Brigham, sometimes with real passion.

    Many of us grew up believing that Polygamy would be a part of our adult options.

    See Kimball Young’s study of 168 marriages in the principle. He found them evenly divided between very happy, happy, unhappy, and very unhappy.

    The Church was small and he knew the details of divorces, especially when due to
    Tyranny or abuse. This is why women went to him for advice.

    Polygamous wives currently want a law
    allowing Civil Unions, and deserve one.
    This would make divorce easier and protect their property when a family or community breaks up.

    Our Dear Hinkley says he doesn’t think it will come in this dispensation.

    Kathleen

    Comment by Kathleen — October 18, 2007 @ 4:11 pm |Reply

  11. To my fellow Anarchist–are you of the Tribe of Mannasah or was I halucinating. The US
    Army discontinued polygamy by persecution
    and brutal force. Do you know of a Monogamous band or Tribe before forced and brutal “Christianization”?

    Comment by Kathleen — October 18, 2007 @ 4:17 pm |Reply

  12. Thank you Kathleen! I feel you are more of an expert on this subject then ANY of us (yes EJ im talking to you)

    Comment by steffielynn — October 18, 2007 @ 4:18 pm |Reply

  13. Kathleen

    1 Issac was a monogomist ….
    2 you said
    “The US Army discontinued polygamy by persecution and brutal force”

    Well steffie is grateful for that , she loves her husband monogomousley .. If she wanted polygamy she would join Warren Jeefs religion.

    and rightly so . Cults need to be intervened just like David Koresh’s cult in Waco Texas where he was abusing young girls sexually in Gods name …

    3 Wilford Woodruff claimed it was halted by revelation . sems that it was the Law in the end and rightly so …

    4 I’m concerned at how you will protect polygamy . Would you really want to practice it ?

    . Do you know of a Monogamous band or Tribe before forced and brutal “Christianization”?

    Comment by Elder Joseph — October 18, 2007 @ 4:52 pm |Reply

  14. Yes, Kathleen, I am of the tribe of Manasseh.

    Comment by LDS Anarchist — October 18, 2007 @ 8:48 pm |Reply

  15. Kathleen,

    What tribe am I from?

    Comment by Bishop Rick — October 18, 2007 @ 10:07 pm |Reply

  16. Ummm what are you guys talking about? I’m totally lost!

    Comment by steffielynn — October 18, 2007 @ 10:37 pm |Reply

  17. When you get your Patriarchal Blessing, you will be told which of the 12 tribes of Israel you are from. You are most likely from the tribe of Ephraim. Those that are of the tribe of Manasseh are usually people of color. Polynesians, South Americans, etc.

    Wiki it.

    Comment by Bishop Rick — October 18, 2007 @ 11:13 pm |Reply

  18. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarchal_blessing

    Comment by Bishop Rick — October 18, 2007 @ 11:22 pm |Reply

  19. Ahh thanks! I’ve been waiting to get mine because I want to get it with my husband. How did kathleen know what LDS anarchist was???? Is it obvious or something?????

    Comment by steffielynn — October 19, 2007 @ 12:30 am |Reply

  20. steffie

    Your patriarchal blessing will be written in a way to keep you superstitiously tied to the church … it will tell you of blessings only if you remain in church ..

    I’ve seen a few , they are no different from reading horrorscopes to me …

    My Stake Patrirach Hid information from me .He was telling me about his great friend Paul Dunn and how inspiring his talks are .When I asked him about Paul Dunn being removed from office , he declined to answer me honestly .I since found out Paul Dunn was the resident Church Liar and Deceiver ……

    I have a book by an American Stake Patriarch Richard Bushman called Rough Stone Rolling .I recommend it if you want to know about joseph Smiths life as a prophet , its church approved too 🙂

    Comment by Elder Joseph — October 19, 2007 @ 3:20 pm |Reply

  21. Steffie, Kathleen read my bio on my blog, where I mentioned my lineage.

    EJ, I actually created a forum on my blog for posting patriarchal blessings anonymously, but no one has done so, yet. I don’t expect that anyone will do it, either. I’m very curious to read patriarchal blessings, as the Church considers them revelations (according to the Wiki entry Bishop Rick linked) and keeps records of them at Church Headquarters. We members don’t have access to those records, unless someone shares their own with us. Other than my own, I’ve read only my wife’s, so I can’t speak about them generally. If we had access to them, we could see the patterns in them and learn more about the prophecies (or lack thereof) that have been pronounced upon the saints in these days, but, alas! they are kept secret by the members and the Church.

    Comment by LDS Anarchist — October 19, 2007 @ 10:22 pm |Reply

  22. LDS Anarchist

    Give me your blog info I will dig through my stuff and find my missionary journal and post my blessing

    Comment by CoventryRM — October 21, 2007 @ 8:40 pm |Reply

  23. CoventryRM

    I would be interested in seeing your Patriarchal blessing even though I know its just superstitious words similar to horroscopes etc …. except designed to keep members in church by planting a phobia in them …. scary stuff ..

    Going back to the Family Proclamation .I do agree with it in its general sense as do most people as they believe in family also. In my lucky upbringing it goes without saying but I guess many are no so fortunate to know the obvious ….

    It talks about marriage between a man and woman and avoids a man and women plural … It talks about spouse abuse but avoids the abuse within the polygamy instituted in the past ….. ie first wife not having much choice but to accept additional wives from her Authoritive Priesthood Husband ..

    I suppose I can’t blame Gordon Hinckley for any of that so his proclamation is fine and welcome with me 🙂

    I look forward to a future LDS prophet thowing out the past and stopping future polygamous temple sealings …. ( through revelation of course)

    I believe its possible that some of my missionaries will be the great leaders who will make changes having learnt many things from me and others who take the time to explain and teach them 🙂

    Comment by elder joseph — October 21, 2007 @ 9:23 pm |Reply

  24. CovetryRM,

    Blog url:

    http://ldsanarchy.wordpress.com/

    Patriarchal Blessing post url:

    http://ldsanarchy.wordpress.com/2007/10/13/the-secrecy-of-patriarchal-blessings/

    Patriarchal Blessing url:

    http://readandpostpb.proboards101.com/

    Comment by LDS Anarchist — October 21, 2007 @ 9:42 pm |Reply

  25. Wouldn’t it be great if the world shared many of the views in the Proclamation? Kids would be raised by a mom, and a dad. Hopefully, people would understand that families need to stay together. People would understand that God made them a male or a female for a reason and maybe people would have a little more respect for the unborn babies.
    It just seems like in this “day and age” it’s so easy to end a marriage,get an abortion or change your sex. People need to realizes that God is in control of everything, and he will help them through whatever hard times they have.

    Comment by Misty — October 26, 2007 @ 1:23 am |Reply

  26. Yes it would be a much better world! I don’t know why people think it is ok to hurt their spouses and kids and fellow human beings. It really baffles me. Satan is not a funny looking guy in a red suit with a pitchfork, he is devious, sly, and cunning, and he is good at what he does. Luckily our Father in Heaven is so much better!!!

    I hope more people read the proclamation and learn to live it! 🙂

    Comment by steffielynn — October 26, 2007 @ 2:21 am |Reply

  27. Misty,

    I kid you not about this. I have a business acquaintance that started out being a man, changed his sex to a woman, and now has gay (if you can really call it that) relationships with women. So he’s back where he started, but in a woman’s body.

    I never could figure this one out.

    Comment by Bishop Rick — October 26, 2007 @ 2:40 pm |Reply

  28. LDS Anarchist

    My blessing sits there all alone on your site 😦

    Comment by CoventryRM — November 5, 2007 @ 7:18 am |Reply

  29. Yes, and thank you for the initial post. I check every day to see if anyone else has posted theirs, but no such luck. I guess the LDS are not ready to do this…I plan on posting mine, but anonymously. I’m going to wait until ten or so PBs will be posted, but at this rate, I might have to wait awhile…Maybe if I posted a comment to your PB? (Which I enjoyed reading, btw.) I’ll post one there, not here, as I did have a question for you, anyway. Thanks for the reminder.

    Comment by LDS Anarchist — November 5, 2007 @ 8:16 am |Reply

  30. These Patriarchal Blessings are no different from Hooroscopes and Tarot reading .They are just designed to keep people in the church.

    They are worded in such a way as to try to bind the person and hole them in bondage to the church .I;ve seen one or two blessings which are total nonsense.

    We have a wonderful 51 year old single sister who was promised a temple marriage in hers .. ( if she remains faithfull to the church of course )

    Well she’s still single and has decided now that

    1 It must mean in the afterlife
    2 maybe she worries she wasn’t committed enough in church etc . ( Hard to believe though , she’s a saint )

    3 MY logical explanation – Its all superstitious Bunkum and she would have been better marrying a non member but instead put trust in this worthless piece of paper.

    Now she lives on her own and doesn’t even bother with the Adult single events but just engrosses herself in the service of others as advised by the Stake Presidency to all single women whom the church has failed big time .

    I wouldn’t trust my Stake Patriarch with anything let alone a blessing .He purposely was trying to evade the truth with me over Paul Dunn the serial liar of the church , when I specifically asked.

    Comment by elder joseph — November 5, 2007 @ 9:58 am |Reply


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