We all have a family. Even if you don’t live with them, they exist. Many of us have created our own families. Whatever your experience, the family unit is essential. We are here on this earth to learn and to grow, and someday we can return to live with our Creator and be with Him as an eternal family. This blessing is extended to all upon certain conditions, which we are all invited to achieve. You and your family are part of His plan. You and your family matter. Let me explain why.
Families Who Believe in Jesus Christ Are Stronger
I’m a religious person. Maybe you are too, or maybe you’re not. Much of what I write at mrsladywordsmith.com is for all denominations. My priority is to help strengthen all families, regardless of religious beliefs. For the next few posts, however, I am going to share my Christian beliefs. I have no doubt that families who believe in and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ are strong families. You cannot achieve ultimate closeness and unity without believing in Him. Some will disagree with me. But I know I am right and will have the courage to share here why I believe what I do.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love my religion. But I am not attempting here to convert anyone else to my faith. If you are reading this and are Catholic or Baptist or any religion, I respect you. I have friends of many religious beliefs, and I have learned so much from them. In fact, many of them have shown me better ways to live my life. So please know that anyone who believes in Christ or desires to believe in Him will benefit from what I am about to say.
Salvation and Exaltation
Recently, I listened to the prophet of our church, President Russell M. Nelson, boldly declare that “Salvation in an individual matter. Exaltation is a family matter.” Do you know what he means? Salvation and exaltation. Those two words are probably familiar to you. Salvation is being saved by the grace of God. We will all be resurrected, thanks to Jesus Christ’s atonement, the price He paid for our sins in The Garden of Gethsemane and for His death on the cross and ultimate Resurrection. We are each blessed by Him and can overcome spiritual death (sin) and physical death because of what He did for us. Exaltation is living with God again–forever–in family units. It is His ultimate gift to us. But we must do a few things to inherit this precious gift. We must make and keep sacred covenants or promises with Him. We must make good choices. We must try every day to help our own family understand that we matter. God knows us and He wants us to live with Him again someday.
Your Family Does Matter Eternally
Am I saying that you can’t get to heaven by yourself? Nope. But you’ll want to be with your loved ones. Right? I don’t believe in a straight heaven or hell. I can tell you more about that if you’re interested and want to reach out to me. But what I’m saying here is that heaven is hardly heaven without your family, your loved ones. Your family does matter. You want to be with them forever. It’s the ultimate goal and desire.
You’d never knowingly settle for second best, right? Especially for the eternities. So what can you and I do to make this ultimate blessing happen? Baby steps. Day by day. Forever may seem a long way off. But tomorrow isn’t. And the day after is soon too. Let’s focus on what we can accomplish now and in small ways and encourage family members to join us. Here are a couple of basic ideas to get started.
Talk about Jesus Christ
If you are not a religious family, would you at least consider talking about Jesus Christ together? Sit down with your spouse or your kids or just yourself. Dinner time might be the perfect time. Invite everyone to write down (or ask someone to be a scribe) what you all know about Him. You might also write down things you don’t know or are unsure about. Decide together how you might look for answers. Starting with this basic exercise will give you some idea how to proceed with your family in the coming days as you seek Him more in family discussions.
If you are a religious family and already discuss or teach about Christ in your home, consider making this a “pop quiz” at dinner. Someone can take notes, or each family member might want their own copy. Is there something on the list that needs more clarification, more study? Ask someone to study the topic and report back to the family. No matter where your family is at in your discussions about the Savior, there’s usually opportunity to clarify or add to your knowledge of Him.
Free Printable about Jesus Christ
Here’s a helpful printout for your lists. I’ve designed it in case you’d like to post it for the family to see and review throughout the upcoming weeks. It would be interesting to compare a beginning list with a later list, after you’ve had more discussions together about Christ.
Talking together about Jesus Christ will strengthen your family. I promise. Your family does matter. They deserve to have the time and attention to get to know their Savior more. It’s the most important thing you can do together. Learn about Him.
This post is first in a series about why families matter and how we can draw closer to Jesus Christ. Please visit again to learn more.
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How did it go? Did your family talk about Jesus Christ?
What did you all learn from the discussion?