Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Why Family Really Matters?

We get married. Later we have children of our own and we raise them up by providing their basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, and even education. We even raise them according to the "nurture and admonition of the Lord or they're our family.

What about the family of our parents, the family of our relatives and so on and so forth. Do they really matter to us? Yes, they're so important to us.

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Elder Bon Reyes of Family History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unfolded the spiritual responsibilities of every member not only respective of their own family, but also the family of their forebears to the La Carlota District leaders and family history consultants in a training conducted recently.

He opened up the training by asking the following life's basic questions on family matters.

First, "Where do we want to go? Second, "Where are we now?" and Third, "How do we get there?"

The answer is through temple and family history work which is not only about redeeming the dead. It is an integral part of a single great work – the work of salvation.

“Our effort is not to compel everyone to do everything, but to encourage everyone to do something.” - Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Elder Bon Reyes lecturing
Elder Bon Reyes Lecturing
"In the work of the Lord there is a more appropriate motivation than pressure.  There is the motivation that comes of true conversion,"  -  President Gordon B. Hinckley

"To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers. Lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse. Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors”

“No work is more of a protection to this Church than temple work and the family history research that supports it. No work is more spiritually refining. No work we do gives us more power. No work requires a higher standard of righteousness," according to Elder Boyd K. Packer

Leaders can use temple and family history work as a means to strengthen members and their families. Leaders consider ways to use family history in missionary work, convert retention, member  activation, teaching the gospel.

Family History Consultants should be able to help leaders get started in their Family History work. Visit assigned families and individuals in their homes, when circumstances allow.Act as resource to answer family history questions. Help members in their advance research efforts.

Family History can be a valuable resource to stake and ward councils in the work of salvation, to strengthen youth and help them personally participate in the work of salvation, and a valuable resource for missionary work to find, teach, retain, and reactivate individuals and families.

 “Your job is to help members, whatever their circumstances, to learn the basics. Help them feel the Spirit by participating successfully in temple and family history work. Help them reap the blessings of that participation in their families. As you joyfully serve, the temple will become more meaningful to you, as well. Blessings will flow into your life, and your own testimony of the restored gospel will grow.” - Dieter F.Uchtdorf

"We do our duty and trust fully in the Lord, we will fill His temples, not only doing our own ordinance work, but also having the privilege of doing work for others. We will kneel at sacred altars to be proxies in sealings that unite husbands and wives and children for all eternity.” - President Thomas S. Monson

"Catch the vision, learn of the doctrine. Organize, learn your duties. Serve with a willing heart."

18 comments:

  1. The family will one of the major factor of who we're going to be. And besides, kahit anong problema, ang pamilya pa rin ang lalapitan natin.

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  2. It matters because without family is like living alone in the desert island.

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  3. When all else fails, the bond between the family members stands. :)

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  4. Your family will always love and accept you no matter what...

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  5. aww, family is the only one we have when everything else fails us :)

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  6. Family will not leave you no matter what.We help each other in any way we can.Most important at all is to respect and honor our elders.

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  7. friends come and go. family stays. i learned this the hard way but at least i learned...

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  8. thank you for this very nice post. It made me realize to value my family more.

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  9. This is a wonderful heart warming post. Family will always be there for us no matter what. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. family will always be our pillar so we really have to treasure our family...

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  11. I always believe that Family is sacred and should always be on top priority.

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  12. Family is very important as it shapes our development and personality. The family protects your dignity and takes care of your well being.

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  13. Everything starts with the family. It's our support system and our source of hope.

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  14. Knowing our family history will make facing the future more manageable.

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  15. As they say, "Blood is thicker than water" so goes a family's bond. And remember, family is the first institution that god had created.

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  16. I will always consider my family as my greates treasure! well, I guess we all do :)

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  17. my transgressions before taught me one thing: home is where my family is, and it will always be true.

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  18. our family molds us to who we are, it's the foundation of our being... family indeed matters... Yahweh bless. ralph

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