I came across a GREAT story yesterday about a couple in New Zealand that were asked to go before Parliament in defense of traditional marriage. Given all the talks in General Conference, I thought it was appropriate to share this today. It is a bit long, but VERY worth the time to read it. A few things stuck out to me.
After they found out they were going to be asked to speak this is what she said:
“Our minds were swirling with all sorts of information and questions. Why us? What could we possibly say or share that could make a difference? There are so many wonderful talks, websites, research on marriage and the family. Where do we begin? We asked some friends and family for ideas but ultimately, we knew it was only between us and the Lord. We had about a week to prepare, and the pressure was intense–we prayed and studied constantly. We came to know, more than ever before, that the home is truly comparable to the Temple in terms of sacredness. We know that any outside influence from the adversary disrupts the process of receiving revelation and feeling the Spirit in our homes--which is precisely what Satan wants.”
Wow! What a testimony to me of how the Lord works in each and every one of our lives and how we need to be prepared at any moment to stand up and bear testimony of what we know. I think this is going to become more important for each of us as the word descends deeper and deeper into the depravity that is sweeping the world.
The last thing I want to share is a large portion of what she said to the New Zealand Parliament. It is not surprising that much of is is comprised of the Proclamation on the Family and the Spirit testifies so strongly as I read it of her role in speaking that day.
“There has never been a time, at least in recent history, when we have been confronted with more challenging problems in our homes and families. We need not remind you that the world we are in is a world of turmoil, and of shifting values. Shrill voices call out for one thing or another in betrayal of time-tested standards of behavior. So many of the youth of the world, and likewise so many of their elders, listen only to the voice of self-gratification. The moral foundations of our society have been badly shaken.There are those who would have us believe in the validity of what they choose to call same-sex marriage. We know there are a small number of people in this country who have feelings of affinity for the same gender. We love and regard them as our brothers and sisters. However, we cannot condone so dramatically redefining marriage without serious and sobering consequences for our families, communities, education systems and long held religious traditions and institutions of this country.With so much of sophistry that is passed off as truth, with so much of deception concerning standards and values, those who have gone before us--as if they were standing here today– would warn and forewarn on this bill to change marriage. In furtherance of this, I would like to reiterate our submission today with a reaffirmation of standards, doctrines, and practices relative to the family which have been repeatedly stated throughout history.We, as a husband and wife and as citizens of this country, proclaim our belief that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children.All human beings--male and female--are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. By divine design, fathers preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers help one another as equal partners.We stand with those who have gone before us and warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society. The accumulated wisdom of centuries declares with clarity and certainty that the strength of any nation is rooted within the walls of its homes. The institution that will save our broken society is not Parliament, it is the home.”
I pray this will help some of us find peace in the hate that is swirling around the Internet these days.
I can't believe tomorrow is Easter all ready. This year is flying by. I haven't even brought out the decorations or anything. I guess that is what today is for. I should be better about that kind of stuff. I use to be right on top of it, but not lately. I'm not sure exactly why. Oh well. We aren't doing the traditional Easter meal at our house either. Everyone wants something different, so I have decided to do enchiladas for dinner. That should be interesting. I'm use to the ham and cheesy potatoes. And the veggie tray kind of meal. I guess not this year. Most of my kids don't care for ham anyway. Oh well...non-traditional is a-okay with me.