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Meditation: The Family Unit
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As it comes time to submit an article, I have been impressed to resubmit the following article (with a few changes) that I submitted back in 2012. Lately there have been a number of individuals who have asked questions about the why we value the family and what we believe in relation to the family. I feel this article answers some of these questions.

We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that the family unit is sacred and that it is the most important unit socially speaking here on the earth. We believe that the family unit has the potential to exist throughout the eternities. The home is the proper and the best place to learn and to teach the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as the best place to nurture our children and each other. Teaching and learning to develop faith in Deity and the development and installation of the knowledge of the life of Jesus Christ, his atonement, and the resurrection are some key principles that should be taught in every home.

In the home parents should be teaching obedience to the commandments, diligent study of the scriptures and the application of personal and family prayers to prepare family members to be successful in life. For without this foundation, life will be full of pitfalls and potential needless tragedy. With this foundations, life will be much improved and there will be significantly more happiness and meaning to life. The parents in the family should strive together to ensure that all family members are spiritually nourished by understanding and living the gospel of Christ. Spiritual nourishment can be taught and acquired during mealtime discussions, family activities, family councils, while performing service for others both inside and outside of the family unit, and by attending church services.

Council that is given in the development of a strong Christ centered family includes:

1. In addition to family time, spend quality one on one time with your spouse and with each child in study, work, and fun activities regardless of your child’s age. Remember no parent or child is ever to young or old to spend time with. For those who have family members not living at home, many times letters and phone calls will change lives.

2. Plan activities for family time in advance to ensure that the utmost quality will be there. Always make sure that your undivided attention is applied while engaged in the activity. Remember work can wait so that the family has your attention

3. Follow through with your plans to ensure that trusts are not broken and that relationships develop.

4. Your children will always know where your heart is centered. When it is centered on them, they will instantly know it based on your actions and by the things you say and do.

The Savior stated, “lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Mathew 6:19-21)

Remember the greatest treasure her on earth is your family.

Bishop Bryan D. Crawford


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