Our family loves camping together and sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows, telling our favorite stories and just talking about life. The biggest appeal is that there are no distractions to interfere with our time together. When we camp the focus is our family. Of course, once we get home and the car is unloaded, everyone goes their separate ways and other things distract us, causing our focus to change.
We knew that the family is the fundamental unit of society; yet we were not living in a way that reflected that truth. We were allowing other things to take priority over our family. The distractions of the world had a great influence over our behavior and attitude about our marriage and our family. Without hesitation we started making the changes necessary to put the focus back on our family. As the distractions were removed, we both began to see our children [family] as a beautiful heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). A heritage that must be protected!
The world we live in is like quicksand with constantly shifting values and beliefs. The family is being redefined and what was once normal is looked at as biased and hateful. The world is continually telling us what needs to be done to enjoy this “modern” life and “modern” family. It is more important now than ever that we gather our families together without the distractions of the outside world. Finding ways to elevate the divine role of mothers and fathers should be the priority of every parent. We have been asked to “stand up boldly and be defenders of marriage, parenthood, and the home”. Parents are given the role of nurturing and teaching their children. It is important that the lessons taught to our children outside the home align with our views on the family as the fundamental unit of society. The family is the most important organization and everything should center in and around the family. Ezra Taft Benson said it best, “No nation ever rises above its homes”.
Our foundation within our families must be built upon our Savior Jesus Christ. “Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation….” It is important that foundational truth be worked into the tapestry of learning. Boyd K. Packer said, “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.” Understanding the true doctrine of the family will strengthen us as we stand for the family. As children grow to understand true doctrine, they will have more of a desire to live worthy lives and they will grow to know and love their Father in Heaven.
by Michelle Boulter