Today marks the 20th anniversary of The Family: A Proclamation to the World. As readers have commented throughout this series of posts, occasionally the comments have been of the ". . . but that's not how things actually are in some families" variety. The final paragraphs of the proclamation acknowledge that truth.
Over the past few months, I've been writing posts based around The Family: A Proclamation to the World. This week marks the 20th anniversary of that document. In honor of that anniversary, I'm going to finish my series of posts about the proclamation this week.
Today's topic explores the roles of women and men.
She forgot to pack shampoo, so she washed her hair with bar soap. His tuxedo was misplaced, so he was late for photos. The order at the restaurant was mixed up, so the waiter was apologetic. The drive to the reception was long, so they were nearly late. The bouquet to toss was overlooked, so a quickly-picked, foil-wrapped handful of pansies sufficed. But truthfully, it was a perfect wedding day, so the couple started their happily-ever-after.
Today's post focuses on a portion of the proclamation that provides a blueprint for a happy family:
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.
I seem to have misplaced my blogging groove. I'm hopeful, though, that I will find it again soon, like I did my lost diamond. I know it's around here somewhere!
Posts yet to be written are piling up in my brain. Ideas are swirling around, waiting to come to fruition. This past week was going to be my settle-into-a-routine, catch-up-on-blogging week, but life doesn't always cooperate. Like the proverbial camel, one little thing after another has required my attention and slowed my progress. (And let me make it clear that I'm talking about things, not people! Time spent with people is time well-spent.) The straw that really slowed the blogging down was the demise of my computer, and the subsequent efforts to revive and ultimately replace the laptop. Then the replacement was reluctant to connect to the internet, and I fought frustration. I didn't even make it to all of the TToT posts last weekend before my computer died. I apologize if I didn't comment on…
This has been a week of contrast, but that lends variety to life, and helps me appreciate the routine weeks more.
Last Sunday in Relief Society, I suddenly realized that my wedding ring was missing its diamond. I slipped out of the room and went back to the Sunday School room, but I didn't find the diamond. I retraced my steps, checking the chapel, hallways, and library. No luck. I thought maybe I'd find it in the car, or at home, but still no luck. I thought I might have lost it for good, but on Monday, we decided to go back to the church building and try one more time to find it.
Youngest daughter asked if I had prayed about it. I told her that I had, but it never hurt to pray again. She asked me to join her in a prayer. She offered a simple prayer of faith that we would find the diamond quickly. About 2 minutes after she prayed, John came into the chapel with a smile on his face. He had found the ring in the Sunday School room! (The seminary class had met in the r…