We talked about what to say to people who disregard what the Lord/Prophet has said about marriage and we realized how controversial and tender a topic it is even amongst members of the church. All involved in this conversation we had has either family or friends who are struggling with the church's stand on marriage. We were trying to understand and come up with a way to defend marriage without offending anyone, which seems impossible in this day and age. The truth is, we don't really need to "come up" with anything, it has already been defined and made clear in the Proclamation on the Family. What an awesome piece of inspiration and guidance right at our fingertips for us to use especially in these last days. It is a gem for sure.
As members of the LDS church I believe that we, each of us need to KNOW this doctrine. We need to memorize what the Proclamation states. We need to understand that it is not a time to sit on the fence in fear of standing up for these truths. It is a sensitive topic for sure, it is full of debate as far as politics and the world is concerned. But it is not up for debate as far as the Lord is concerned. He has clearly stated and has set the standard for the world on this topic of marriage and families.
I am personally grateful for a living Prophet who guides us and leads us in the way of truth and happiness. He is God's spokesman on earth today. We don't have to be confused about this topic. Through prayer, study of scriptures and this proclamation we can know what to say to others and be firm in our testimony. and unwavering in our faith that this is God's will for marriage and families. We are His children and He loves us and knows all things. We can share this proclamation with others and do so in a very loving way and then express our testimony about it, and that's really all we need to be concerned about. We're never going to change the world's view on these things, and they are never going to change our faith and belief in God, so all we can do is share HIS message and be on HIS side of the issue.
Anyway, to help us memorize and learn the key doctrines on the subject of Marriage & Family, I came up with some subway art of the key points in the Proclamation to keep in our scriptures, on our mirror or in our planners that will help aid us in learning, teaching & defending these truths. Print some out for your children also and youth groups. These are not meant to take the place of the full Proclamation. They are just an aid to help us learn and memorize.
Take your pick of style and colors below by right clicking on the image and saving it to your downloads folder. Enjoy!
|Pink & Turquoise|
|Plum & Teal|
|Red & Turquoise|
|Yellow & Brown|
|Teal & Yellow|
|Turquoise & Orange|