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LDS General Conference read or watch

If you missed the LDS General Conference – no worries, you can still read or watch any talk you would like, there are many subjects covered or just the one. Depends on how ya look at it, but believe me they’re all GREAT! 🙂


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Apostle Joins Other Faith Leaders at Marriage Forum

“One of the great tasks of our time — one on which our diverse faith communities should be united — is to help people understand the true meaning and purpose of marriage,” said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at a forum on marriage in New York City.

The Mormon apostle joined Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of the Congregation Shearith Israel in New York for the Humanum Colloquium in New York, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Rabbi Soloveichik is also director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.


Rabbi Soloveichik commented on the importance of speaking about family in such a diverse setting. “It’s wonderful for people of one faith, facing challenges in this world, to both see old friends from another faith, and to make new friends from that faith,” he said. “That’s what makes moments like this so wonderful.”

“We are addressing a sober and serious subject,” Elder Bednar said. “In fulfilling their marriage covenant, husbands and wives perform distinct but complementary roles.”

In a time that many in society today prioritize their own desires over the needs of spouses and children, Elder Bednar stressed that marriage has divine origins.

“Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God,” said Elder Bednar, quoting from the Church’s family proclamation. “This divinely designed pattern of marriage is neither an experiment nor a sociological innovation. Rather, it is a relationship ‘central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.’”

“We are losing the basic understanding that society has a unique and profound interest in marriage because of its power to form a male-female union that is the optimal setting for the bearing and rearing of children,” he added. “In marriage and family life, we learn and grow together as God intended.”

Elder Bednar said marriage allows us to focus on and serve others. “In marriage, we live not exclusively for ourselves but for our spouses and children and posterity.”

However, Elder Bednar said many people have a secular concept of marriage. “Influenced by this increasingly pervasive ideology of self-centeredness and selfishness, too often men and women pursue relationships and marriage focused on their own needs and desires rather than on building stable marital and family relationships.”

He said today’s “skewed conception of marriage” has serious and personal consequences that can lead to heartbreak, despair and divorce. A growing number of people are giving up on marriage. “Millions of children are being born into situations where they cannot experience the true nature and purpose of marriage and stable family life.”

“All people, especially the rising generation, need a vision of the richness of family life and its potential for developing the highest and best in each of us,” Elder Bednar said.

Cardinal Dolan expressed similar sentiments. “Everybody wants to be happy,” he said. “And if married couples can show that the way God intends for us to be happy is when a man and woman give themselves to one another totally and selflessly in a love so fruitful that it becomes incarnate in a baby is the happiest way to live, if we can reclaim that luster, folks, that will show the world the sanctity of marriage as God defined it.”

Cardinal Dolan said he wants people to remember that even though the world’s view of marriage is changing, “we’re not alone in our battle to defend the sanctity of marriage. You and I believe, without any touch of arrogance at all, that God is on our side.”

The New York City gathering follows an international and interreligious symposium on the complementarity of man and woman hosted by the Catholic Church at the Vatican in November 2014. At the gathering in Rome, President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency called for a “renaissance of happy marriages.” In 2015, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on marriage and family at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the first time the event has been held in the United States.


Read Elder Bednar’s entire transcript.













An image of a man’s hand holding a woman’s hand, combined with a quote by Elder Neil L. Andersen: “No trial is so large we can’t overcome it together.”



From the First Presidency

God Is Our Father

Adapted from “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” Ensign, Apr. 1982, 6–9.

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God Is Our Father
God our Father has ears with which to hear our prayers.

He has eyes with which to see our actions.

He has a mouth with which to speak to us.

He has a heart with which to feel compassion and love.

He is real. He is living.

We are his children made in His image.

We look like Him and He looks like us.

Heavenly Parents, Earthly Parents

A proclamation is a very important message. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” was written by prophets and apostles. It teaches us what Heavenly Father wants us to know about families. Use the sentences and pictures below to learn more about what the proclamation teaches about our Heavenly Parents and earthly parents.

    Cut out the cards and glue them to paper. Flip them over and take turns trying to match the sentences with their pictures!
  • Each one of us is a child of our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.

  • Our Heavenly Parents created us as a girl or a boy before we were born.

  • We agreed to be born to earthly parents, to learn and grow here on earth.

  • In the temple, we can be sealed to our earthly families forever.

  • Parents are supposed to protect, teach, and care for their children.

  • Fathers and mothers are supposed to help one another.

  • Our Heavenly Parents want us to become parents one day too.

  • We can become like our Heavenly Parents and live with Them again.

Awakenings: Living as Believers in the Nation We Have Now by Charles J. Chaput

I enjoyed this talk, it’s about 40 min., but I think worth taking the time. Below is Archbishop Chaput’s comments from his facebook page

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, delivers a forum address.

On March 22nd I had the pleasure of delivering a Forum Address at Brigham Young University, “Awakenings: Living as a Believer in the Nation We Have Now.” I’m sharing a link to the streaming video via BYUtv as well as the text via the Archdiocesan website.


Video Stream:

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (3/22/16)


May God bless you.



THE FAMILY A Proclamation To The World

I updated my “Family Matters” page!! 🙂   🙂   click here to see larger

family proclamation


One of my favorite memories is when my family would get together and have “Family Night” every Monday evening.  My grandparents would come over and we all took turns giving a simple lesson from the scriptures, sometimes even a little presentation to learn more about the gospel. Then we’d have a delicious desert and play all sorts of different games (no tv, computers or videos) we played games like charades and more. Every so often we’d watch “home movies” my grandfather had taken from our summer vacations, holidays or someone’s birthday. Those were Great to watch!!

  • The concept of a united family that lives and progresses forever is at the core of Latter-day Saint doctrine. Within families led by a father and a mother, children develop virtues such as love, trust, loyalty, cooperation and service.
  • According to Church doctrine, a marriage performed in one of the Church’s temples does not dissolve at death as long as the couple remain faithful to their temple vows. Rather, the family relationship continues beyond the grave, and individual family members can progress throughout eternity.
  • In 1995, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — the Church’s two highest governing bodies — issued a proclamation explaining the divine nature of the family and how family relationships should be conducted and nurtured. (Read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”)
  • In 1915, Church leaders established a program that would urge parents to gather their families around them once a week for an evening devoted to family. Family home evening is a time when parents can teach children principles of the gospel. A typical family home evening includes a prayer, song, short lesson, activity and refreshments. Lessons are taught by parents and sometimes by children.

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