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In "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," an official declaration released in 1995, Church leaders proclaimed 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." God's plan enables families who live the gospel and receive the necessary ordinances to be together forever with Him.
Last edited by mommy melisa; May 19th, 2009 at 07:53 AM.
This was brought up in a talk in sacrament meeting this week... and this is an awesome thought about how to love our families. I love Elder Holland, and I really love how he says, "How do I love thee? Not when do I love thee, nor where do I love thee, nor why do I love thee, nor why don't you love me? But rather, how. How do I demonstrate it, how do I reveal true love for you?" I think that if we all think in terms of "how" we will be so much more selfless, so much more focused on our families.
We talk all the time about the eternal nature of families, but sometimes it's hard to really grasp. Other than my grandfather dying when I was 9, until Cora I'd had no real need for a testimony of that concept. I mean, my family was all here. And I didn't know my grandfather well at all, so really, my life didn't change.
So, then, my first baby dies. The thing with losing your grandparents or your parents, is that you expect to outlive them. Not that it isn't still a very hard thing, but at least it doesn't go against the expected order of nature.
So then on Mother's Day, 12 days after I delivered my sweet angel, and my actual due date, I decided to go to church. Nobody expected me to. Matt told me that I shouldn't feel like I had to go that day. He didn't want me subjecting myself to all the hoopla celebrating the very thing that I had lost. I told him I needed to go to Sacrament Meeting. I had no clue why, just needed to. And I'm actually glad I did.
The first talk was on the divine nature of motherhood, and I just sobbed through the whole thing. I can honestly say that I didn't really listen all that well. I didn't want to.
But then the 2nd talk was on "the Eternal Nature of Families." I have no idea if the bishop was already planning that particular topic before we lost Cora or not, but it was very definitely needed. I'm not going to go into specifically what the Spirit whispered to me that day, but I can say that it was the beginning seed of a very strong testimony.
Before Cora, my faith that our families are eternal was not tested. It was dormant. I didn't need it. So it was hard when I did need it because it wasn't really there for me to depend on.
It took over two years before I could really honestly say that I knew I'd get her back and mean it. Before that it more of a very fervent hope.
I know that our families are bound for eternity. I know that through the sealing power, nothing, not even death (except maybe our own transgression) can tear a family apart. Cora is mine, forever and always. I know this, with every fiber of my being. She was here, she lives on, and she's mine.