Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Family Proclamation

So, we had 2 investigators T and A, who were taught by the previous Elders about 3 months ago, get legally MARRIED a few days ago! It was the best. There was miscommunication/direction, and we were not able to find the Baptist Church where it was held, but I am so glad that they took that step. Together they have 5 of  the cutest and nicest kids ever! Hours before the ceremony, we went over with Elder Moody, who is also a Sealer and gave they marriage advice and council. Since I didn't really have anything, Elder Moody and I both brought the Family Proclaimation to the World unplanned and we went over a few parts of it:

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.
I want to challenge all y'all to print it out (you can use the link  above to get a nice format) and hang it somewhere where your family can easily read it often/a high traffic area in your home because I know that it will bless your lives even more than you can imagine. I had it on my fridge when I was in college, and I would read it when I wasn't studying my books. And at my Mom's house, it was hanging up at the bottom of the stairs. In my current apartment, they are just kind of hanging up everywhere, including the bathroom. It was the best. 
A lot of extremely awesome things happened  this week including M! He came to church this sunday and everyone absolutly loved him! I am so excited, we are going to  start the 12-step addiction recovery program with him. The link to a website is below. I heard that the key is to write out all of the answers to the questions on their own. 
I feel so blessed to be here right now! Y'all take care! I love you!
Sister Toomey
an out door baptismal font at one of many Baptist Churchs

We found a target while we were with other sisters and we were a little excited about the costumes! Comp Unity!

These are some awesome members in our branch, and we spent most of a day finding members in her quadrant of the branch! Shout-out to her cute boys to being so great! I also had the best shrimp/chinese food of my life with them this week!

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