Years ago I was a counselor for the Especially For Youth (EFY) program.
One week, while at BYU, our session director was a professor named Matthew Richardson. After the week long session was over, he invited some counselors over to his lovely home. I don’t remember what the house looked like, or how big it was, or how it was decorated. I just remember that it felt good and that right in the heart of their home, they had a really large framed “Family Mission Statement”. It had statements of who they were, what they were about and a few family expectations. That has really left an impression on me – and I thank him for that.
I think it is really important to have clear statements like this that can guide our families. I have something like this hanging right outside my seminary classroom door. It is convenient because whenever I need to pull a student out and chat with them in a disciplinary fashion… the statement is right there and I can refer to it and help them understand how their behavior was violating some of the principles. I find that is much more effective than just asking them to “stop it”.
If you are reading this thinking, “I’d like to do this…”
then let me give you a couple of suggestions. First, let everyone contribute. I think we all are more invested in the thing we are a part of creating. Second, use the Family Proclamation as your guide. And third, consider this quote by President Henry B. Eyring:
- “Heavenly Father has assigned us to a great variety of stations to strengthen and, when needed, to lead travelers to safety. Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family.” (April 2010 General Conference)
I know that many of you have been working on family mission statements to share today. Please link up below so we can all hop around and glean from you!
So – now it’s your turn to share! Do you have a family mission statement? Write a blog post telling us about it then link to it below. You are also welcome to link any posts you have written about the Family Proclamation. Please be sure to use the link to your post not to your blog’s home page. This linky will be up on all four blogs but you only have to enter your post once. It will automatically show up on the other blogs as well. Easy for you
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