Searching for “families” on LDS.org

I will often point people to the LDS.org website for answers to their questions. LDS.org is the official website of the “Mormon” church.

LDS.org Feature: Searh & Gospel Library

On the LDS.org website, the search feature works extrememly well. When you search for the most basic subjects, you will usually find one of the first results is from the “Gospel Library”, and online resource for basic Mormon doctrines.

A search for “Families” leads you to this page as one of the first results:

Gospel Library Entry on Families

The “Gospel Library” is designed to give a quick introduction to Mormon beliefs on a subject, followed by links that you can use to get more in-depth information. On the subject of families, the Gospel Library notes:

In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” an official declaration released in 1995, Church leaders proclaimed 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.” God’s plan enables families who live the gospel and receive the necessary ordinances to be together forever with Him

When you click on the “Additional Information” link under Families, you can read the entire Proclamation on the Family, which was referenced above. Here is an excerpt:

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.

If you have questions about Mormonism, feel free to ask them here; but feel free also to search for yourself on LDS.org, where you’ll find a wealth of information quickly and easily available 24/7!

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