The Pattern

Repeated Themes

A -- Word of the Lord
.B -- The Lord’s Covenant

..C -- The World
...D -- The Lord's Servant

....E -- Preservation
.....F -- The Suffering Servant
.....F' -- Atonement
....E’ -- Salvation

...D’ -- The Lord's Servant
..C’ -- Overcoming the World

.B’ -- Fulfillment
A’ -- Salvation Song

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KEY WORDS

A. Hear this, Hearken, Praise, Name, etc.

B. Promise(s), Inheritance, New Things, Hidden Things, Things of God, Shall Come to pass, etc.

C. World, Wicked, Contentions, Apostasy, Satan, Egypt, Babylon, Earth, etc. [feminine]

D. Servant, Prophet, Moses, Truth, Righteousness, Kingdom, Heaven, etc. [masculine]

E. Preserved, Salvation, Pillars, Gates, Manna, Wine, etc. -- boldly

F. Suffering, Afflicted, Despised, Rejected, etc. -- nobly

F'. Oneness, Unity, Embrace, Kiss, Throne, Name, Glory, etc. -- nobly

E’. Salvation, Exalted, Preserved, Inheritance, Mercy, etc. -- independent

D’. Servant, Prophet, Truth, Righteousness, Kingdom, Heaven, Eternity, etc. [masculine]

C’. Overcome, World, Wicked, Cut Off, Contentions; Judgment, Destruction, Earth, etc. [feminine]

B’. Fulfill, Restoration, Deliverance, Covenant(s), Promise(s), Inheritance, etc.

A’. Hosanna, Name, Amen, Sing, etc.

The Family

A PROCLAMATION TO THE WORLD

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


A — The Family is Central to the Creator’s Plan

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim 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.

B1 — A Divine Nature and Destiny
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.

B2 — Gender is Essential to Our Eternal Identity and Purpose
Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

C — Obtain Physical Body & Gain Earthly Experience
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life.

D — Divine Plan: Family Relationships Perpetuated Beyond the Grave
The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave.

E1 — Sacred Ordinances and Covenants
Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

E2 – Sacred Powers of Procreation
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

F — The Sanctity of Life (God’s Eternal Plan)
We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

E2’ — Sacred Duty
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.

E1’ – The Discharge of these Obligations
Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

F’ — The Family is Ordained of God (His Eternal Plan)
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.

D’ — Divine Design: Fathers Preside, Provide; Mothers Nurture as Equal Partners
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. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. 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. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.

C’ — Disability, Death, or other Circumstances
Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

B2’ – Covenants — Fulfill Family Responsibilities
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.

B1’ — Disintegration of the Family
Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

A’ — The Family is the Fundamental Unit of Society
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.

This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message
at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Summary outline

A — The Family is Central to the Creator’s Plan
B1 — A Divine Nature and Destiny
B2 — Gender is Essential to Our Eternal Identity and Purpose

C — Obtain Physical Body & Gain Earthly Experience
D — Divine Plan: Family Relationships Perpetuated Beyond the Grave

E1 — Sacred Ordinances and Covenants
E2 – Sacred Powers of Procreation
F — The Sanctity of Life (God’s Eternal Plan)
E2’ — Sacred Duty
E1’ – The Discharge of these Obligations
F’ — The Family is Ordained of God (His Eternal Plan)

D’ — Divine Design: Fathers Preside, Provide; Mothers Nurture as Equal Partners
C’ — Disability, Death, or other Circumstances

B2’ – Covenants — Fulfill Family Responsibilities
B1’ — Disintegration of the Family
A’ — The Family is the Fundamental Unit of Society

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Suggested outline by Scott L. Vanatter

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