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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – The Family Proclamation

Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – The Family Proclamation

The Family Proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley in 1995. This landmark statement on the nature of the family and our divine identities helps us understand how the family can help us follow Jesus Christ and reach our full potential. This FHE lesson helps us understand the contents of the Family Proclamation and how it can bless our lives.

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The Family: A Proclamation to the World

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

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Families Can Be Together Forever | Children’s Songbook, pg. 188

1. I have a fam’ly here on earth.
They are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them through all eternity.

[Chorus] Fam’lies can be together forever
Through Heav’nly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.

2. While I am in my early years,
I’ll prepare most carefully,
So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.

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FOR CHILDREN

Song: “Dare to do Right” | Children’s Songbook, p. 158

 

Video: This video shows some practical examples of how the principles taught in the Proclamation can be applied in family life.

Teach: The Proclamation to the world on the family teaches that “Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”

Ask: Which of these principles do we live well? (Faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, wholesome recreational activities.) Which could we work to develop? How does the principle of work bless families and bring them a higher likelihood of happiness?

Quote: “Today’s parents need to give each of their children opportunities to contribute to the well-being of the family. In such a family, children are happier and there is a spirit of love and unity in the home.” –Elder W. Eugene Hansen | Children and the Family

Testify: I know that if we live true to the directions given in the Proclamation, we will have joy in our family, and we will be better prepared to be together forever.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Sing: “Dare to Do Right,” Children’s Songbook, 158

Video: Watch this short video where Elder M. Russell Ballard testifies of the need for the Family Proclamation.

Ask: How does knowing the eternal nature of families change our participation in the family?

Parents: How does remembering that your children are your spiritual siblings affect the way you discipline and show respect toward your children?

Teens: How does your parents’ divine role affect the way you obey and respect your parents?

Quote: “It takes courage to gather children from whatever they’re doing and kneel together as a family. It takes courage to turn off the television and the computer and to guide your family through the pages of the scriptures every day. It takes courage to turn down other invitations on Monday night so that you can reserve that evening for your family. It takes courage and willpower to avoid overscheduling so that your family can be home for dinner.” —Larry R. Lawrence

Parents: Consider reviewing this entire talk by Elder Larry R. Lawrence, “Courageous Parenting.” It has to do with how parents can fulfill their divine obligations to spiritually protect their children.

Testify: Be sure to openly share your love for your children. They need to know that your guidance and seeming interference in their lives is driven by your love for them. Bear witness of the prophetic truthfulness of the family proclamation.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Video: Bonnie L. Oscarson discusses issues a challenge to the women of the Church to be bold defenders of the family, regardless of marital status or number of children.

Optional Talk: “Fathers” by D. Todd Christofferson explores the need for good men to exemplify righteous manhood.

Ponder: How can I be a defender of the family? As a single person, how can I defend the principle of marriage between a man and a woman? How can I elevate and support the divine roles of mothers and fathers in a world that doesn’t value this role as much as it should? How can I sanctify my home whether or not I have children? How can I make my home a place of “order, refuge, holiness, and safety”?

Write a note: Consider writing a note to your own mother or father, or another mother or father who might need a word of encouragement in their parenting. Uplifting each other in our roles strengthens all of us and builds relationships.

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