Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life.
In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness.
The family is central to God's plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness.
While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier. It is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
We are all children of our Heavenly Father. He sent his children down to earth to learn and to grow. To fully understand how much he loves us he sent us to earth in families so that we can see, feel and understand his love for us. A mother of a new baby loves that baby unconditionally and would do anything in her power to comfort, care for and protect that baby. Our Heavenly Father loves us this much too. A newly married man promises to cherish and guide his new wife. He does this with every ounce of his sole because he loves her and wants nothing but to make her happy. Our Heavenly Father loves us this much too. An older brother might argue or pester his younger sister but there is nothing that older brother wouldn't do to protect that younger sister. Our Heavenly father loves us that much too except he doesn't usually argue and pester us. Families are so important to Mormons because within the family we learn of God's love for us.