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Mormonism 101: The Gospel Blesses Families

Updated on November 16, 2014

Look Around You

What do you see in the world? Drugs, crime, divorce, wars and rumors of wars, confusion, fighting, disobedience, rebellion, immorality, Sodom and Gomorrah. Lets face it, this generation we're living in right now is pretty scary and dangerous. There's not much we can do to stop the madness, but there is something we can do to protect ourselves, and those we love: The Gospel.

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." - Helaman 5:12

This isn't just another Mormonism thing, so much as it is a shelter in the storm.

God is our Heavenly Father

He loves us, we are his children, and we are all family. Those of you who have children of your own know what its like to care for a person, that indescribable feeling of love you have for your child when you first held that baby in your arms. Imagine the most powerful measure of love you've ever felt in your life, and magnify that a hundred fold. Even then that could not measure to the love that God has for us, but you get the picture. God loves us more than we can ever comprehend, and because of that love he sends us people to help us in our lives.

He gives us friends, family, co-workers, perhaps that person you had a delightful conversation with on the bus/plane/train ride. But most important of all, he sends us Prophets. Since the dawn of time there has always been a prophet called to help the people. Even when the world fell into complete wickedness, as was the case with Noah, God loved his people enough to give them a chance, but they chose not to listen.

Prophets do more than just warn us of danger, or expand the scriptures, they are the mouthpiece for God. God knows what's coming, and what we need to hear for our time. No matter what background, religion, how you grew up or what you believe in, its obvious this world and generation we live in today is pretty wicked. I think we could use a prophet's council, don't you?

"God’s revelation to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the Ark. Noah needed his own revelation. Therefore the most important prophet so far as you and I are concerned is the one living in our day and age to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us." - Ezra Taft Benson

The Prophet Today

Thomas S. Monson
Thomas S. Monson | Source

Thomas S. Monson

The good news is, we have one! The even greater news is, he's not the first. In fact, he's the 16th prophet since the restoration in 1820, and who knows where he stands since the time of Adam!

So, what does the prophet have to say about this generation? What words and council can he give to us? Well, twice a year, the Prophet, his First Council, the Twelve Apostles, and some of the Quorum of the Seventy (that's right, just as in Christ's time) along with other church and organization leaders, broadcast over radio, TV, Satellite and internet, to the world the things that we should hear and be aware of. We call this broadcast General Conference. No, conference is not just for Mormons. Anyone who wishes to hear what the prophet has to say is welcome to listen (You can even watch and listen live in the Conference center, stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah).

What's Most Important for us Now?

"As we take a long, hard look at the world today, it is becoming increasingly evident that Satan is working overtime to enslave the souls of men. His main target is the fundamental unit of society—the family." -Elder L. Tom Perry of the Twelve

Our youth, and the love and unity we need at home. How many families consist of single or divorced parents? How many young teenagers have at least one child before graduating High School, if they even graduate at all? And how many families spend quality time with each other? What kind of environment are we raising our children in? What do they have to look to for an example? Where can they turn when life catches up to them? Do our kids spend more time with friends then they do parents or each other? Have you ever wondered just how this can affect a person's life, behavior, and overall choices? Education? Living? Will they die in their early 20's in a gang fight, or of old age as a successful scientist?

A Little Love can Make a Difference

Showing a child you care for them, spending time with them, getting to know, and trying to understand them. These small and simple steps mean the difference between unity and discord. What i would give to live in an environment where love is spoken at home. When I hear praise for the things I did well, rather than criticism for my short comings. Where people show an interest in what I have to say, or the things I've accomplished. Where I could tell all my problems and worries without fear of reprimand or neglect.

Jesus said "No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy" -Doctrine and Covenants 121:41-43

Slow Down a Little

I believe we are so caught up in the business of life, we often miss those moments that matter most. We find ourselves "Too busy" to spend time with family, to eat dinner together, to go our children's little league game, or school performance. We can't miss that football game, or appointment to get our nails done. Perhaps we're even too wrapped up in our own virtual world to notice the beauties that surround us, and before we know it, we're left behind with nothing. our kids have grown and moved on, and what have we but a few small memories


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