Convention of Statesmen


Boyd K. Packer: We Stand Strong in the Gospel of Jesus Christ

God bless you President Packer. You have made it very clear that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not dictated by man, but directed by our Father in Heaven. What was true 5 thousand years ago is still true today. What was wicked then, is wicked now. Latter-day Saints stand strong with the word of God and we believe wholly and completely in the sanctity of the family unit. For we know if the family unit is ultimately destroyed no nation can withstand the unrelenting attacks of its enemies.

We know the family unit is an eternal unit. Our families here are patterned after the family we left behind when we came from heaven. A father, a mother and children. It is the ultimate responsibility of parents to teach their children and prepare them for the world. We can do this by: 1) Learning goodness together. Teach your children what is right and what is wrong. Instill in them the ability to listen to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit. 2) Praying together. In teaching, by example, the immense power of prayer, we teach our children how to communicate with our Father in Heaven and have a guide which will never let them down. 3) Read good books together. Literature teaches, lifts, enlightens and inspires. There is good literature and there is bad literature. If after reading a book your spirit is heavy, your mind muddled and your heart weighed down then that book is not good. If at the conclusion of reading a book you feel strengthened, renewed, uplifted and enlightened ... that is a good book. 4) Work together. If you work together as a family, parents working alongside their children, you teach your children a strong work ethic. This is sadly lacking in the world today.

All of these things will strengthen the family unit and make it nearly impenetrable. President Gordon B. Hinckley mentioned the aforementioned items and issued a prophetic promise if all families would do these four things that society would turn completely away from its impending destruction within a generation or two. So simple, and yet so few do this.

Again I say, God bless you, President Boyd K. Packer.

President Packer referenced The Proclamation on the Family. I have included it in its entirety:

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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The Family: A Proclamation to the World 
We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
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.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. 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.
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. 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.
We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. 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. 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. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
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. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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