Families can provide a safe haven for God's children to learn and grow, by loving parents. In a righteous family the spirit children of our Heavenly Father are to learn the gospel in safety. However, it is under attack. Because the family has so many strengths, Satan is working hard to break them up. There are many outside influences that are working to destroy the family. It isn't hard to find. The greatest threat comes inside the home. It starts with the abuse of family roles. What are the roles of the family?
Fathers, by God's design are to Provide, Preside and Protect. They are to lead and guide their family in wisdom and righteousness. They are to see that the needs of the family are met. They are also responsible to keep the family safe, and they are to lead by righteous example. None of these principles can be without the other. If one is abused each will fall apart. Fathers are to teach their children correct principles and be there in their children's lives. What they teach determines their success. Fathers have an influential part of their children. They may not see it, but everything that fathers do leaves an impression on the young hearts. Men need to love and support their wives. When they can they should help out around the house. How men treat their spouse will effect how their children treat others. Fathers provide an important element in the home that others can't. When it is abused it hurts the whole family for generations. (Watch a video about Fathers)
Mothers are just as important as Fathers. Neither one is greater or lesser than the other, no matter what Hollywood portrays. The world and popular media may try to place one above the other but in God's eyes they are no different from the other. Mothers are mainly responsible for the nurture of their children. They are to provide moral support to their children as they are being structured into the individuals God needs them to be. Mothers have a special place in God's work. It allows them to work almost side-by-side with God in building the righteous leaders of tomorrow. They need to work along side their husbands (and the men with their wives) in order to build a strong family. Both men and women will be held accountable by God for what they have done with their family. If both parents (not one or the other) obey God's commandments they are most able to build the strongest families. (Watch a video about Mothers)
Children have the role of helping their parents where ever possible. Teens are not exempt from this responsibility. They are to "Honor their (parents)". This is one of the original commandments. Parents work day and night to raise their children. It is only fair that the children help out. There will be chores to do and parties to miss, but building strong families makes strong everlasting friendships that no one can replace. Those are worth more than any party in the world combined. Your family will be your greatest support so long as you are obeying God's commandments.
Remember, everything is as strong as it's weakest point. Even though you have every principle in the book to help you, if they are not properly in place your family becomes weaker. Selfishness, anger, greed and jealousy are common elements in broken families. When the parents or children allow feelings of anger of any kind invite Satan in. Addictions of any kind separate family members! By keeping gospel principles the family stays close together and close to God. It is important that they stay together and learn correct principles in order to keep stay together. If there is anything contrary to gospel standards those influences should be removed and kept out. Strong Families build strong individuals. Strong individuals build strong communities. Strong communities build strong nations. Protect the family, everything depends on that.
Learn the basic structure of the family by clicking here.