Yesterday was the annual Primary children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation in my ward. Last year, just a month or so before the presentation I was called to be the second counselor in the Primary Presidency. I wrote the program based on what the outline said, but hadn’t really spent much time teaching the kids yet. This year I wrote the program after spending the year teaching them. It was interesting to go back through time, as I reviewed what had been taught each month, and remember the things the kids had done, learned, and experienced through the year.
Our theme for this year is Families Are Forever. We have spent a lot of time talking about The Family: A Proclamation to the World and how it fits into God’s plan for eternal families. The Proclamation outlines God’s plan for each of us to come to earth as part of a family, follow the principles of the gospel including those that govern eternal families, and eventually return to heaven to live with Him and our families for eternity.
I’ve had a lot of time this year to reflect on my testimony of eternal families. In January of this year Molly was born, and my own eternal family grew. In March we watched Constance get baptized and confirmed, taking the first steps on her own path of ordinances that will eventually lead to her own eternal family. In May we watched two families as they were comforted by their own knowledge of eternal families. A cousin gave birth to a stillborn son and a dear friend lost her daughter at just a few days old. Both were sealed in temples and will be blessed to raise those children in the next life. In June I got to go to the temple with my brother when he was sealed to his wife for time and all eternity. And, over the last couple of months there have been lawsuits, court rulings, and other legal actions redefining marriages.
I know that each of us is created in the image of God and we all have a divine purpose on earth. I know that his plan is for each of us to come to a family with a mother and father. I know that the world may change the legal definition of marriage, but God’s definition will never change. Families will be blessed here on earth and through the eternities if they follow God’s plan.