As members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints we are all about the family unit. Families are really important to our Heavenly Father. But why are they so important? I know for me that if I didn't have my family I don't know what I would do without them. They mean so much to me. God has set families apart as one of the most important social units in this life. But why does God do this for us..Why does He place us into families? mormon.org explains it this way.
"This is no coincidence. God organizes us into families so that we can grow up in happiness and safety, and so that we can learn to love others selflessly—the key to true joy. Within the family is the best place to learn to love others the way Heavenly Father loves each one of us."(www.mormon.org) I know if it were not for my family I wouldn't be who I am today. They have helped me so much in my life, they have helped me through my trials. No family is "perfect". Eeverybodies family goes through difficulty and trial. This is also part of God's plan, so that we can grow and learn together, and learn from our mistakes.
"God's Church exists to help families gain eternal blessings. We believe the greatest blessing He gives us is the ability to return to live with Him in heaven with our families. We follow our Heavenly Father's will because that is how we earn this blessing."(www.mormon.org)
I can't stress enough the importance of families. We could probably go on and on about experiences on how our family has helped us. Another important thing to remember that we are all part of God's family. If you have been to a service of ours or another church's service you may recall that we refer each other as "Brother" and "Sister". Why do we do that? "When we call a fellow Church member “Brother” Lee or “Sister” Brown, we really mean it. We believe that each of us—including those who aren’t members of our Church—is a literal son or daughter of our Heavenly Father (Hebrews 12:9) and therefore, our heavenly siblings. We were loved and taught by our Heavenly Father as part of an eternal family before coming to earth. So we share a bond that transcends this life. Think about it, if you truly thought of your neighbor or coworker as your brother or sister, would you treat them any differently? In the same vein, knowing that your earthly family has eternal significance might help you treat them better as well."(www.mormon.org)
I can truly testify that families are from God. They are here to help us and to grow. I know that as we all grow and learn together we will be blessed. I love my family so much. I can't find the words to express how much I love each and everyone of them. I know that families are and can be FOREVER.
If you would like to learn how families can be together forever please visit www.mormon.org or www.lds.org for more information, or feel free to comment and ask me a question. :)