Nearly twenty years ago on Saturday, September 13, 1995, President Gordon B Hinckley of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints presented The Proclamation On the Family to the world during the annual meeting of the Relief Society, the women's organization of the church. I remember listening as he read, and knowing how true and wonderful these words are, but had no idea how vital this document would become as the world's ideas and practice of traditional family values has changed.
I'm very grateful for my family. I'm grateful for my own dear parents and the example they have set over the years since they first created our family when they married back in 1949. I'm grateful for my own dear husband, who has always loved me, supported me in so many ways, and treated me as his equal partner in our marriage. I'm grateful for the talented and loving dear children who have joined our family, my siblings my dear in laws, and all of my extended family members who strive to have happy and successful families. None of us are perfect, but I can honestly say that our family is the greatest blessing and support system in my life. I'm grateful for this guide that has been given to us from God, through his prophets, to help us hold fast to what is good and true in spite of confusion in a troubled world.
Since some may not be familiar with The Proclamation On the Family, I'm including the words of the proclamation below as found at https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrine-and-covenants-and-church-history-student-study-guide/the-worldwide-church/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world?lang=eng
Before President Gordon B. Hinckley read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” at a general meeting of the Relief Society in September 1995, he said: “With so much of sophistry that is passed off as truth, with so much of deception concerning standards and values, with so much of allurement and enticement to take on the slow stain of the world, we have felt to warn and forewarn. In furtherance of this we of the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles now issue a proclamation to the Church and to the world as a declaration and reaffirmation of standards, doctrines, and practices relative to the family which the prophets, rs, and revelators of this church have repeatedly stated throughout its history” (“Stand Strong against the Wiles of the World,”Nov. 1995, 100).