Monday, July 13, 2015

Mission Goal

I have been thinking about goals the past few days and what I would like to accomplish while serving our mission to the Philippines.  I am sure these will grow and change as time goes on but for today I have set this goal for Families.

Part 1 Keep families together in the Philippines
Part 2 Bring families back together that are separated because one of the parents is working abroad to earn more money.

Families are the most basic unit of the church and society.  The following are excerpts from:

The Family: A Proclamation to the World. 

Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
…By divine design, fathers are to 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…
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God.

Through Self-Reliance training and programs families can stay together in the Philippines and work together to provide the necessities of life without one of the parents living away from the family.    We have the tools and the means whereby this can be accomplished while strengthening family bonds.  I am so thankful to my Father in Heaven for the opportunity of serving here and helping families stay together.

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