On September 23, 2015, we recognize the 20th anniversary of The Family: A Proclamation to the World (The Family Proclamation). Here are 10 facts you may not have known about it.
One. In June 1995, three months before The Family Proclamation was announced, President Gordon B. Hinckley was asked what his greatest concerns were for an article for Church News. His response? “I am concerned about family life in the Church. We have wonderful people, but we have too many whose families are falling apart. … I think [this] is my most serious concern.”
Two. The Family Proclamation was officially presented on September 23, 1995 at the Church’s General Relief Society Meeting. The official name of the talk is Stand Strong against the Wiles of the World.
Three. After giving the majority of his talk, President Hinckley introduced The Family Proclamation by stating the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles felt the need to “warn and forewarn.”
Four. The Family Proclamation defines the Church’s official position on family, marriage, gender roles, and human sexuality.
Five. In 2005, when The Family Proclamation celebrated 10 years, Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “It was then and is now a clarion call to protect and strengthen families and a stern warning in a world where declining values and misplaced priorities threaten to destroy society by undermining its basic unit.”
Six. It has been translated into over 77 languages and presented to world leaders around the globe.
Seven. Many other documents were inspired by The Family Proclamation. One of the most notable was the 2004 Doha Declaration, which was a document produced from the Doha International Conference for the Family.
Eight. In the April 2015 General Conference of the Church, The Family Proclamation was referenced directly in 5 specific talks, compared to no direct references in the October 2014 General Conference.
Nine. The document played a key role in the Church’s response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States this past summer.