“The most important work that you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home.” – Harold B. Lee
Mormons believe that families on earth are an extension of the family of God, and as a result, we tend to take family responsibilities very seriously.
We believe that God has commanded us to “multiply and replenish the earth,” and as a result, Mormon families tend to be large. Studies show that the average Mormon family in the United States has 3.4 children, nearly 50% higher than even Catholics or Evangelical Christians (Pew Research). When you attend church with us, you will notice that Mormons in Southlake definitely exemplify this trend, with over 25 families with four or more children.
We believe that marriage is ordained of God, and that it provides men and women with the opportunity to fulfil their divine potential. Husbands and wives work together as coequals, and are united spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically… and take full responsibility for nurturing each other.
Families are designed to make a place of refuge from the storms of life and society, which are increasing in intensity all around us. We believe it is the duty of parents to protect children and bring them up in the ways of the Lord.
All of us will face the devastation of loss of loved ones—sometimes through the natural causes of old age, and other times prematurely by accident, illness, or other tragic events.
Our loving Heavenly Father has provided a way for families to be restored and relationships to be preserved. You absolutely can be reunited with loved ones after death.
Worthy members can be sealed by the power of the priesthood in holy temples for time and eternity either in or after marriage. At the time of their temple sealing, both husband and wife enter "an order of the priesthood called the new and everlasting covenant of marriage" (D&C 131:1-4). Their future (or existing) children will also be sealed to them for eternity at this time.
Without worthiness and authority, a marriage cannot endure eternally and is "of no efficacy, virtue, or force in and after the resurrection from the dead" (D&C 132:7). If a husband and wife are faithful to their temple marriage, they will continue as co-creators in God's Celestial Kingdom through the eternities.
They will administer the affairs of their family in unity with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. M members of the Church not born into such homes or not married in this life through no fault of their own, President Spencer W. Kimball taught that those "who would have responded if they had [had] an appropriate opportunity-will receive all those blessings in the world to come" (Kimball, p. 295).
This is why Mormons have such a great interest in genealogy work and family history. We research our ancestors, then take their names to the temple to perform their saving ordinances by proxy. Genealogy is a fulfilment of the prophecy made in Malachi 4: 5-6, which states that the prophet Elijah will be sent to the earth and he “shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers.” To learn more about Mormon genealogy efforts, and how you can participate, visit the official LDS website, FamilySearch.org.
We invite you to learn more about Heavenly Father’s plan for families, and find out how you and your loved ones can extend your family relationships into the eternities.
Eternal Families – Henry B. Eyring
Of Things That Matter Most – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The Family Is of God – Carole M. Stephens
The Importance of Family – L. Tom Perry
What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest – M. Russell Ballard
Strengthening Families: Our Sacred Duty – Robert D. Hales
Take Especial Care of Your Family – Neal A. Maxwell
Together Forever – This video was produced in the 1980’s… the clothing and hairstyles are outdated, but the message is as relevant and impactful as ever:
As used in the scriptures, a family consists of a husband and wife, children, and sometimes other relatives living in the same house or under one family head. A family can also be a single parent with children, a husband and wife without children, or even a single person living alone.
· The sealing of the children to the parents is part of the great work of the fulness of times: D&C 138:48;
· Male and female created I them, and said unto them: Be fruitful, and multiply: Moses 2:27–28;
· Abraham will command his children, and they shall keep the way of the Lord: Gen. 18:17–19;
· We talk of Christ that our children may know to what source they may look: 2 Ne. 25:26;
· Pray in your families that your wives and your children may be blessed: 3 Ne. 18:21;
The Doctrine and Covenants sets forth the eternal nature of the marriage relationship and the family. Celestial marriage and a continuation of the family unit enable husbands and wives to become gods (D&C 132:15–20).