Sunday, September 25, 2011

A light to the world

Alot of our discussions this week in class, have caused me to reflect on and ponder about the breakdown of the family, what causes it and how we can have an influence to protect and perserve the family in the world today. In one class in particular, we listed alot trends that exist in the world today that based on statics from studies are leading to the break down of the family.  Some of which were listed; Pre-marital sex, Cohabitation before marriage, and the increase of single woman having children, divorce rates etc. There were many other things listed but there was someone who made a comment that all of these things can be related directly to immorality in our pre-marital relationships, that is where it starts. I thought alot about that. It filled my heart with gratitude of how much our Heavenly Father  love us and that He truly does know what will bring us happiness and help us to create successful family relationships that will lead to what is central to His plan; an eternal family. Because of the gospel we know what we need to do to protect ourselves from alot of mistakes and sins that do lead to the breakdown of the family and cause so much suffering within our most precious relationships. We know how to avoid the pitfalls that the world so often falls into. We clearly understand the sacredness of marriage and intimacy and that purity in courting relationships are what will lead to honor and respect in a marriage and consequently a happy and successful family. What a blessing it is to know and understand these things when so many people in the world are bombarded with confusing messagings that are wrong, contradictory and only lead to unhappiness and suffering. It makes me realize the great responsiblity that we have as members of the Lords church to share with others what we know to be true and right. To show the world by our example how successful marriages and families are established. We know that if we live the gospel and center our lives in the gospel of Jesus Christ upon its true and faithful principles, we can and will have the kind of families and relationships that our Heavenly Father desires for us to have. I know this to be true. The world that is increasing in darkness desperatley needs our light to shine as a standard for the people. We know! we understand our Heavenly Fathers plan, we know the family is central to that plan and we need to fight and do everything we can to protect and perserve the family. Im grateful for the gospel and for my knowledge and testimony of it. I love this class and learning more about the family. I find it has increased my testimony and my gratitude for the knowledge that I do have and has increased my faith and desire to share with the world the importance and sacredness of marriage and family.