Sunday, August 30, 2015

What We Believe About Marriage and Families

We, the 16 and 17 year-old youth of the Cedar Hills 10th ward, believe and solemnly testify that:

Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and necessary to His eternal plan for our happiness here on earth and in the world to come.  We believe in chastity before marriage and complete fidelity after marriage.

The family is essential to God’s plan and we take earnestly his commandment to multiply and replenish the earth.  Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony and to be reared by both a father and a mother who love each other and who care for their children. 

As spirit children of loving Heavenly Parents, God provided a plan for our happiness and our eternal destiny of which gender identity plays an essential part.  In families here on earth and in the world to come fathers are uniquely qualified and primarily responsible to preside over their families in love and righteousness and to provide the necessities of life.  Mothers are uniquely qualified and responsible for the nurture of their children.   It is vital, however, that fathers and mothers work together as equal partners in rearing their children. Together they are like the right and left hands on the piano; each hand plays its own unique part yet together they compliment each other and are greater than the sum of their parts.

We believe that someday we will be held accountable before God for our roles as husbands and wives, fathers and mothers.

See: The Family:  A Proclamation to the World
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints