Thirty years ago I was blessed with a wonderful companion as my husband who has also honored our marital vows with complete fidelity. We have been blessed over the years with our own six beautiful children who were each created in the image of God and who each have their own divine nature and destiny. We have done our best to care for each other and for our children, and to rear them with love and righteousness.
Eighteen years ago today, President Gordon B. Hinckley first presented The Family, A Proclamation To The World in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ General Relief Society Meeting. The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. He warned that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by both ancient and modern prophets.
I’m grateful for my family. I’m grateful for the guidance that this proclamation gives to us all. It is my wish and my prayer that people and families throughout the world will turn to their families and use these simple, basic principles to maintain and strengthen their homes and in so doing, strengthen and maintain our society.