Light the World: Readings for Christmas
The theme of week three of the https://www.mormon.org/christmas/week-3-light-your-family Church’s Light the World activity is “Light Your Family: At the busiest time of the year, fill your home with light by serving those closest to you.”
The first Christmas was all about a family. Read S. Kent Brown’s short articles about Mary and Joseph:
What challenges did Mary and Joseph face? Why were they in Nazareth, and why did they go to Bethlehem? What does the angel’s visit to Mary tell us about her? This article addresses those questions.
When do we first learn about Mary in Old Testament prophecy? Why does Mary go to visit Elisabeth and what does her song (Luke 1) mean?
BYU Studies also offers readings for understanding the importance of family relationships.
Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt,Parley P. Pratt, 1888, pp. 329-330.
Parley P. Pratt wrote: "It was Joseph Smith who taught me how to prize the endearing relationships of father and mother, husband and wife; of brother and sister, son and daughter. It was from him that I learned that the wife of my bosom might be secured to me for time and all eternity; and that the refined sympathies and affections which endeared us to each other emanated from the fountain of divine eternal love. It was from him that I learned that we might cultivate these affections, and grow and increase in the same to all eternity; while the result of our endless union would be an offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, or the sands of the sea shore. … I had loved before, but I knew not why. But now I loved—with a pureness—an intensity of elevated, exalted feeling, which would lift my soul from the transitory things of this grovelling sphere and expand it as the ocean. … In short, I could now love with the spirit and with the understanding also.
"The Principles of the Proclamation: Ten Years of Hope," Richard G. Wilkins,BYU Studies, Vol. 44, no. 3
Richard Wilkins decided at the last minute to attend a UN conference on human settlements in Istanbul in June 1996. He found himself addressing the conference and quoted the Proclamation in his speech. The reaction to his remarks was completely unexpected: within 36 hours, an international coalition had formed around concepts from the Proclamation. Read his story of the connection between international law, family policy, and the efforts of legal scholars and academic centers. In the midst of intense academic and political debates, the Proclamation has had notable influence on important international proceedings, providing hope for the traditional family and its supporters the world over.
“What is the purpose of family? How can I help my family be strong?” from Mormon.org
Part of belonging to a family means we each step up to help each other. It is our duty, even a sacred responsibility, to care for those in our family. Whether parent or child, sibling or spouse, every one of God’s children has a role in taking care of one another.