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BC: Presented by President Gordon B. Hinckley in September 1995, Salt Lake City, Utah.
FC: The Family: | A Proclamation to the World
1: e, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Solemnly Proclaim | W
2: that Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God.
3: and that the Family is central to the Creators plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
4: All human beings: Male and Female are created in the image of God.
5: Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of Heavenly Parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.
6: is anEssential Characteristic of individual | Gender
7: Premortal, Mortal, and Eternal Identity and purpose.
8: In thePremortal Realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted | His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body
9: and gain Earthly Experience to progress toward perfection | and ultimately realize his or her Divine Destiny as an heir of eternal life.
10: The Divine Plan of Happiness enables family relationships to be Perpetuated Beyond the Grave.
11: Sacred Ordinances and Covenants available in Holy Temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for Families to be United Eternally.
12: The First Commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for Parenthood as Husband and Wife. We declare that Gods commandment for His children to Multiply and Replenish the Earth remains in force.
13: We further declare that God has commanded that the Sacred Powers of | Procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
14: We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be Divinely Appointed. | We affirm the Sanctity of Life and of its importance
15: in Gods eternal plan.
16: Responsibility | Husband and wife have a | Solemn | to love and care for each other
17: Children are an heritage of the Lord (Psalms 127:3). | and for their children.
18: Parents have a Sacred Duty to rear their children in Love
19: and Righteousness,
20: to Provide for their Physical
21: and Spiritual needs
22: to Teach them to Love
23: and Serve one another
24: and to be Law-Abiding Citizens | Commandments of God | to Observe the | wherever they live.
25: Husbands and wives, mothers and fathers | will be Held Accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
26: The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is Essential to His eternal plan.
27: Children are Entitled to Birth within the Bonds of Matrimony, | and to be reared by a Father and a Mother who Honor Marital Vows with complete fidelity.
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29: when Founded | upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
30: uccessful Marriages | and Families are established and | S
31: maintained on principles of Faith,
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36: and Wholesome
37: Recreational Activities.
38: By divine design, athers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness | F
39: and are responsible to provide the Necessities of life and Protection for their families.
40: Mothers are primarily responsible
41: for the Nurture of their children.
42: In these sacred responsibilities, Fathers and Mothers are obligated
43: to help one another as Equal Partners.
44: Disability, death, or other | circumstances may necessitate Individual Adaptation.
45: Extended Families | should Lend Support when needed.
46: We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand Accountable Before God.
47: Further, we warn that the Disintegration of the Family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the Calamities Foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
48: We call upon responsible Citizens and Officers of government everywhere
49: to promote those measures designed to Maintain and Strengthen the Family as the fundamental unit of society.