Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Family: Essential

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about families.  Where we came from, why we are here and where we are going all come back to the eternal importance of the family.

   Before we came to Earth we lived with God as spirits.  He was and is the perfect, loving Father of our spirits.  He wanted us to be like Him and have all the joy and happiness that He has.  In order for that to happen we needed to experience mortal life and work together in families here on Earth.  So God created the Earth and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

   In the Garden, Adam and Eve were commanded not to partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:17)  But eventually they were tempted and partook of the fruit.  Because of this transgression they were cast out of the Garden of Eden.  But, at the same time, they were now able to have children and extend the blessings of mortality to the rest of God's spirit children: us.

   Having fallen, mankind would die.  We cannot save ourselves from death.  But God, knowing all things, provided a Savior for us.  This Savior was Jesus Christ.  (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)  Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, His death on the cross, and His Resurrection on the third day it is possible for us to return to our Heavenly Father.  Being able to regain our bodies and live again, we are also able to be with our families and those we love eternally.

I know that in the family unit is found the most joy, peace, strength and happiness that any organization or institution on this earth can offer.