The third annual celebration of The Family: A Proclamation to the World begins in one week! I started the celebration in 2010 for the 15th Anniversary of the proclamation. Can you believe it has been 17 years now since Pres. Hinckley read it in the General Relief Society Broadcast?
And, oh, how we need it!
Did you know that all attempts to change the definition of marriage in the U.S. have occurred after 1995 when the Family Proclamation was read? In 2010 41% of all babies born in the US were born to unwed mothers. The number of people cohabitating in the US increased by 13% from 2009 to 2010, the largest increase ever in a year's time. Pretty sobering statistics, don't you think?
We really need to study the Proclamation, teach it to our children, and live by the doctrines and principles it teaches!
The celebration starts Monday, September 17 and runs through Sunday, September 30th. Two whole weeks of testimony, inspiration, and insight on the importance of FAMILIES in our society today.
This year I am teaming up with Jocelyn from We Talk of Christ, MMM from Middle-aged Mormon Man, and Stephanie from Diapers and Divinity. We've each got a terrific line up of guest bloggers with some other fun things thrown in.
We encourage you to join in celebrating with us by sharing your thoughts through comments on the posts as well as prepare some posts of your own to link to the blog hops. Here is the blog hop schedule so you can start planning and writing:
- Wed. September 19 - Share an FHE lesson or Craft about The Family Proclamation
- Sun. September 23 - Share your personal thoughts or experiences with any aspect of the Proclamation
- Wed. September 26 - Family Proclamation Photo Essay - pair photos of your family with different phrases from the Proclamation. Check out photo essays from past celebrations here and here for ideas.
Come and join us!