In Defense of Home and Family
In todays world of controversy (state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of conflicting opinion or point of view. The word was coined from the Latin controversia, as a composite of controversus – “turned in an opposite direction,”) of what a family is frustrates many. Online bloggers and syndicated news writers all have there own point of view and continue the argument in both directions.
The world shouts individualism and same sex attraction is the way, and to deny their choice is against their human rights. If this trend continues, the population of this world will surely dwindle and disappear (reminds me of an old theme…”Saturdays Warrior”). This having been said, are we doing more than just watching or listening to the news and progress of the world, or are we actively promoting the way of the Lord by the way we live our lives and serve one another. I have a key chain fob I got when I was much younger that asks the question: “if you were accused of being Mormon, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” The same can be asked about current trends and threats against the family. Are we doing all we can to support and move forward the work of the Lord through obedience and living His Gospel?
Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy gave a wonderful address, back in March 2010, that sums up what I am trying to say or the point that needs to be received by us in these the last days: “Defending the Family in a Troubled World.” He states that “the family is in crisis” and that this crisis has been predicted by prophets of old, such as the Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 3:1–2, 4, 6–7), Isaiah (Isaiah 5:20), and the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:12). Also quotes D&C 88:35, “That which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to abide in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice, nor judgment. Therefore, they must remain filthy still.”
Elder Porter continues giving us guidelines of “Happiness through Selflessness and Obedience” ~ he mentions first, Lehi’s vision of the tree of live and the straight and narrow path (see 1 Nephi 8:20; 11:21–22). He mentions the need to follow the given laws and commandments that God has given us (for more from Elder Porter, please go to https://www.lds.org/ensign/2011/06/defending-the-family-in-a-troubled-world?lang=eng).
Again, are we doing our part through our Priesthood duty to our family and to our stewardship here in our community and homes to defend the the Family and the way of the Lord? I pray and testify, that as we do so, we will be blessed and given the strength to fight against the adversary and the world that continues to stray away from the ways of God and Eternal laws that cannot be denied, as the day of our judgement soon comes.