45. “The Family Is Ordained of God”

“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” helps individuals appreciate the blessings of being born into a family and to strive to create good family relationships.

“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.

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.

See also the items listed under BYU Studies lesson helps for Doctrine and Covenants Gospel Doctrine lesson 31, “Sealed for Time and All Eternity.”