We can strengthen our families, communities, and nations by accepting the doctrine that the family is ordained of God and we are all part of His family. The eternal salvation of all the family of God is the very purpose of the Creation of the earth and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father loves all of His children so much that He was willing to allow Jesus Christ to suffer as only a God could do in order to save all of us.
Heavenly Father has a general plan of salvation for all of His children. He also has individual plans for each son and daughter of God. His plan is a plan of love to unite His children with Him. The family is a central part of His plan.
Elder L. Tom Perry (1922-2015) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “We also believe that strong traditional families are not only the basic units of a stable society, a stable economy, and a stable culture of values – but that they are also the basic units of eternity and of the kingdom and government of God.
“We believe that the organization and government of heaven will be built around families and extended families.” (See “Why Marriage and Family Matter – Everywhere in the World,” Ensign, May 2015, 41.)
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that life continues beyond the grave and that families can be together forever. For this reason, we are determined to strengthen our families here on earth and continue them in the eternities. Knowledge of the doctrine of the family can strengthen families, communities, and nations.
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