Friday, June 01, 2007

Proc week/Friday face

Day 5

Extraordinary Friday Face’s:
My family.

Providing the necessities of life and protection for family

The Clark Family on the "Proc"
I get to share with you my family and their most favorite part of the Proc.

Mr. Stephen D. and Cynthia J. Clark:
...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."

"We both have a civic responsibility to do just that in the decisions we make for the city of Provo and the state of Utah. This is a great blessing and responsibility that we both seem to have passion about. It does take passion."
Sibling # one
brother Steve and wife Suzanne:"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."

This is a promise of abundant joy to us in our family. The knowledge that we will be with each other forever gives peace and assurance that through, Jesus Christ we will always be together as a family unit here on earth and beyond.

Sibling #two
brother Matt and wife Katy:"Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when
founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ"

"If we as parents lead our families by living the gospel not only will we achieve happiness but we will also show our children how they can achieve it."
Sibling #three:
sister Page and husband Vance"Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith,prayer,repentance,forgiveness,respect,love,compassion,
work, and wholesome recreational activities."

"We all want a successful family and we live in a world of "dysfunctional families". This part of the proclamation spells it out so clearly. It doesn't say that a successful family provides a lot of toys for their children, the best education possible, opportunities for travel, music training and competitive sports. All those things are nice but do not constitute a successful family. The things they mention have nothing to do with money. The world spends so much time and effort on making money to have material things, that they don't have time to accomplish those things that will truly bring success to their family. We have eight children and we are constantly assessing what each one truly needs to be successful. This guideline has helped us cut out unnecessary activities and things that detract from our goal to be happy. It has also given us the encouragement we need and the faith to continue bringing children to a world that says you must provide a lot more than faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities to be successful. We work hard to provide our children with a good education, modest clothing, sports and music training and other opportunities for learning and growth. However, we know that this is not what will bring us and them success in the eternal perspective. That understanding and balance is a great blessing to us. "
Sibling #four:
brother Christopher and wife Lisa:"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."

"We like the idea that not only do parents have the opportunity to create new life, but that they also have the charge to protect it. And along with that protection comes love and care."
Sibling #five:
brother Andrew and wife Megan:"We, the first presidency solemnly proclaim that marriage is ordained of God and that the family is central...."
"We are so happy that our marriage is indeed in God's eyes very valid. We know that He is pleased with our decision to marry in His temple. We take our marriage very serious. Nurturing the connection between us is top priority. We know we have a created a bond that is everlasting in His eyes. We cherish our children and make them central to our daily lives. Family is what gives us the most joy!"
Sibling #six:
sister Courtney and husband Christopher: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."

"Christopher and I were sealed in the temple a year-and-a-half after getting married. We had a typical first year of marriage, a lot of confusion, adjustments and frustration. After being sealed in the temple, there came into our marriage a constant peace. We felt more aware, secure and happy. There is a difference between a marriage for time, and a marriage for eternity."
Sibling #seven:
brother Jesse and wife Lindsay:"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" ( Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to 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."

"Lindsay and I love this section of the proclamation because we have a personal testimony of the it's truthfulness. We find in our family we are most happy and content when we are spending quality time together and teaching the gospel within our home. We do not not obey this council out of fear of the consequences of not living up to these obligations, rather we do so because of the necessity for the spirit in our lives and the blessings we receive as we strive to live by the precepts of the gospel."

Stephanie and Christian (NieNie and Mr. Nielson):"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..."

"Christian and I love that we are happy with our roles as mother and father, and want to instill in our children the importance of finding peace with our divine gifts."
Sibling #eight:
sister Lucy and husband Andrew:"Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ."
"Andrew and I both served missions, and both recognized the homes that centered their lives around Jesus Christ, they were genuinely happy and the spirit was more abundant. We both developed a greater testimony that only through Jesus Christ we can find true happiness in our homes, marriages, relationships and in our lives."

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