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             “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one
                   another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one
                      another. By this shall all men know that ye are
                       my disciples, if ye have alove one to another.”
                                                       John 13:24-25
                                                                   THE CHURCH OF
                                                      JESUS CHRIST
                                                         OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                   KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is directed
by the First Presidency, with Thomas S. Monson serving as
President. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, with Boyd K.
Packer as President, assists in leading the church.
The worldwide church is organized into congregations called
Wards and Branches, which usually have between 300 to
500 members. A Bishop is called to lead the local Ward. All
positions of service (music, choir, scouts, youth and children’s
leaders, teachers, bishops, etc.) are filled by volunteers. The
Church has a Lay Ministry.
Seven to twelve wards are organized into a Stake. This term is
derived from Biblical imagery, with Zion pictured as a great
tent upheld by cords fastened securely to stakes. Stakes have
3,000 to 5,000 members and are lead by a Stake President.
                                                                    The First Presidency: sitting, President Thomas
There are over 13 million church members throughout the             S. Monson, standing President Henry B. Eyring
world organized into 2,818 stakes. (2008 year-end statistics.)      (left) and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had members in Eastern North Carolina since March 26,
1899 when the first two members were baptized in Harkers Island.
On 27 August 1961, the first stake in North Carolina was formed in Kinston and call the North Carolina Stake
with Cecil E. Reese as President. As the membership grew and more stakes were added, it was renamed to the
Kinston, NC Stake. Today, the Kinston, NC Stake is one of 15 stakes in North Carolina.
Members of the church are assigned to a ward and stake geographically, based upon their home residence. At the
end of 2009, the Kinston, NC stake registered XXXX members in 11 Wards/Branches located in 9 counties. We
have 8 meetinghouses, called Chapels throughout our stake boundaries. A Chapel may house one or more wards/
Joel G. Hancock, a native and current resident of Harkers Island, serves as stake president with Kenneth Burnett
and Bruce Reece as councelors.

                        THE CHURCH OF
                   JESUS CHRIST
                    OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                        KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010


                                                                 THE CHURCH OF
                                                    JESUS CHRIST
                                                       OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                 KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

                                       Our Stake President (seated) is Joel G. Hancock, a lifetime resident
                                       of Harkers Island. He has served in several leadership positions in the
                                       Chruch over the years including Bishop of the Harkers Island Ward. He
                                       served in the Stake Presidency as a counselor from 1991 to 2000 when
                                       he was called as the Stake President. President Hancock is an Insurance
                                       Agent with Farm Bureau Insurance in Beaufort.
                                       President Burnett......
                                       President Reece........

                                                                              Greenville 2nd Ward
                                                                              Bishop David Walker
                                                                              756-2504 (Bishop’s Office)
                                                                              252-756-5890 (Foyer)
                                                                              252-355-3748 (Home)

Three wards meet in the meetinghouse in Greenville.
                   Greenville 1st Ward                                        Greenville 3rd Branch
                   Bishop Alan Jones                                          (Young Single Adult Branch)
                   252-756-3370 (Bishop’s Office)                             Branch President,
                   252-756-5890 (Foyer)                                       James Theodore Furstenberg
                   252-830-3807 (Home)                                        252-756-5890 (Foyer)
                                                                              252-714-1861 (Cell)

                                                              THE CHURCH OF
                                                    JESUS CHRIST
                                                        OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010


1007 Island Road                                            3006 Carey Road
HARKERS ISLAND , NC 28531                                   KINSTON , NC 28501
One ward meets in the meetinghouse in Harkers Island.       Two wards meets in the meetinghouse in Kinston.
                   Harkers Island Ward                                         Kinston 1st Ward
                   Bishop Kevin Nelson                                         Bishop Rich Jarman
                   252-728-2260 (Bishop’s Office)                              252-522-6131 (Bishop’s Office)
                   252 728-2260 (Hall)                                         252-522-9592 (Hall)
                   252-728-5039 (Home)                                         252-566-9363 (Home)

                                                                               Kinston 2nd Ward
                                                                               Dennis Chadwick Howard
                                                                               252-522-2887 (Bishop’s Office)
                                                                               252-522-9592 (Hall)
                                                                               252-527-3116 (Home)
125 McCotter Boulevard
One ward meets in the meetinghouse in Havelock
                   Havelock Ward
                   Bishop Tom Cooper
                   252-444-2511 (Bishop’s Office)
                   252-444-1020 (Hall)
                   252-444-5408 (Home)

                                                             THE CHURCH OF
                                                    JESUS CHRIST
                                                       OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                               KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010


3606 Country Club Road                                     80 Cedar Circle Subdivision
MOREHEAD CITY , NC 28557                                   WASHINGTON , NC 27889
One ward meets in the meetinghouse in Morehead City.       One ward meets in the meetinghouse in Washington.
                   Morehead City Ward                                         Washington Branch
                   Bishop Donald Brooks Reece                                 Bishop Tyler Groves
                   252-726-7812 (Bishop’s Office)                             252-946-9716 (Bishop’s Office)
                   252-726-8313 (Home)                                        252-946-6730 (Hall)
                                                                              252-946-6074 (Home)

1207 Forest Drive                                          6655 Highway 258 South
NEW BERN , NC 28560                                        DEEP RUN , NC 28525
One ward meets in the meetinghouse in New Bern.            One ward meets in the meetinghouse in Deep Run.
                   New Bern Ward                                              Woodington Ward
                   Bishop Brentley Mark Norman                                Bishop Daren Tyndall
                   252-638-8410 (Bishop’s Office)                             252-527-5476 (Bishop’s Office)
                   252-633-2968 (Home)                                        252-527-5977 (Hall)
                                                                              252-568-4735 (Home)

                                                                 THE CHURCH OF
                                                       JESUS CHRIST
                                                          OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                    KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers its members and the communities in which they live many
and varied programs. Every Church program has, at its center, the core purpose to brings souls unto Christ. From
the missionary program to family home evening, we teach, learn and practice living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
FAMILY PROGRAMS - The basic unit of the Church is the family, which flows from the distinctive Latter-day
Saint teaching that marriage can be for eternity. Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and
the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. (Quoted from “The Family: A
Proclamation to the World”. See back cover for a copy of the proclamation.)
FAMILY HOME EVENING was established by the Church in 1915 and is practiced by members throughout
the world. It is a special time set aside each week that brings all family members together to strengthen the bonds
of love and family relationships. A typical Family Home Evening might include a family prayer, song, spiritual
message, fun family activity and refreshments. It is designed to involve all members of the family, with everyone
taking an active part in the event. Sometimes, assignments are made in advance and may rotate, allowing the
oldest to the youngest to have a role.
While the Church is a strong advocate of the family, we join others who celebrate this most important unit in
society. November has been slated as the “National Month of the Family.” Many government leaders around the
country have supported this with local proclamations and activities.
WOMEN’S PROGRAMS - Relief Society is the Lord’s organization for women. Through Relief Society, women
have an official role in the Church. The purpose of Relief Society, as established by the Lord, is to organize, teach,
and inspire His daughters to prepare them for the blessings of eternal life. Increasing faith in Christ, strengthening
homes and families, and caring for the poor and needy are just a few of the responsibilities of this worldwide
sisterhood. Organized in 1842, The Relief Society includes all adult women of the Church. It is now the largest
woman’s organization in the world and numbers approximately 6 million women in 170 countries.
YOUTH PROGRAMS - The Young Men’s and Young Women’s programms were organized early on in the
church to assist youth in learning and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Young men and young women from
ages 12 to 19 are included; activities include service projects, value-related experiences, and fun and food; special
youth conferences, camps and retreats and dances are favorites among the youth. See more on these programs on
pages 10 and 11.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS - Primary was organized in 1879; all children from 18 months to 11 years old are
in Primary; organized to teach and train children and to provide wholesome recreational activities. Approximately
one million children are attending.

                                                            THE CHURCH OF
                                                      JESUS CHRIST
                                                      OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                               KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

SEMINARY - In 1832 the Lord stated, through
the Prophet Joseph Smith, “I give unto you a
commandment that you shall teach one another
the doctrine of the kingdom” (D&C 88:77) In
obedience to this commandment, the Church has
held classes of religious education since the early
1830’s. Today, Seminary and Institute classes are
offered to teenagers and young adults throughout
the world.
Seminary is intended for youth ages 14-18 or those
entering into high school. Typically the classes are
held every weekday morning and follow the public
school calendar. Class begins as early as 6:00 am
and is usually held at LDS churches. During the Morehead City Ward Seminary Class, 2009-2010 School year.
four year course of study, students will have spent
a year each learning the scriptures from: The Old Testament, The New Testament, The Book of Mormon, and
Doctrine & Covenants. All of which are considered sacred scripture for Latter-day Saints.
There are currently 105 students enrolled in the Kinston Stake Seminary program for the 2009-2010 school year
in a total of 11 Classes. Graduation ceremonies are held each year. The school year ending May 2009 produced
36 graduates that successfully completed the full four years.
INSTITUTE - Institute is religious education for college age students and offers students an opportunity to
further their gospel knowledge.
UNIVERSITIES - Education and literacy are keys to promoting personal growth, preparing for suitable
employment, building strong families, serving in the Church, and making a meaningful contribution to the
society in which we live. BYU (Brigham Young University) has 3 campuses in operation. BYU Provo, BYU Idaho
and BYU Hawaii.
In addition to BYU the church also operates the LDS Business College. LDS Business College is accredited
by the Commission on Colleges and Universities of the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and
Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
and/or the U. S. Department of Education.
PERPETUAL EDUCATION FUND - The Perpetual Education Fund offers educational loans and is for
faithful and ambitious young members of the Church in approved international countries who wish to improve
their education, find a good job, and better serve their family, the Church, and their community.
                                                               THE CHURCH OF
                                                    JESUS CHRIST
                                                          OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was founded in February
of 1910. In 1911, the leaders of the young mens program
of the Church of Jesus Christ thoroughly investigated
Scouting, and, on motion of President Anthony W. Ivins
of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association
(YMMIA) general superintendency, the MIA Scouts
were officially organized.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
formally affiliated with the Scouting movement in the
United States in May of 1913 as its first institutional
sponsor, and today sponsors more Scouts and Scouting
                                                          Morehead City Ward Cub Scouts (April 2009)
units in the United States than any other organization.
Hundreds of thousands of young men are enrolled as
Scouts in groups or units sponsored by the Church as we continue to follow the programs of the Boy Scouts of
America to help our young men. For boys and young men ages 8-18 in the United States, the Church endorses
affiliation with BSA Cub Scout packs, Scout troops, Varsity teams, and Venturing crews.
In the Kinston NC Stake, etc. etc. etc.

                                               LDS Youth Conference, UNC Greenville, July 2007

                                                                THE CHURCH OF
                                                     JESUS CHRIST
                                                         OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                  KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

The purpose of the Young Women (YW) organization is to help young women “come unto Christ.” By following
the Savior’s example and teachings, she can fulfill her mortal mission and return to live with her Heavenly Father.
The YW motto is, “Stand for Truth and Righteousness”. The predecessor to the
current YW program was organized in 1869 and has evolved to include the Personal
Progress Program. The Personal Progress program is a goal-setting program that
helps young women develop a testimony of Jesus Christ and His Gospel by having
experiences living the young women values. The program stresses the importance
of the temple for young women as well as their divine nature and unique feminine
characteristics. Upon completion of the program, the young women receive the
Young Women Medallion.
The Kinston Stake has ten unit YW programs. Classes are arranged into
three levels based on age; each organized with class presidencies to teach the
YW leadership skills. In addition to Sunday classes, the young women meet
mid-week for activities designed to strengthen
testimonies and foster personal growth through
Personal Progress focused value experiences,
service, and monthly joint activities with the
Young Men.
Yearly, Kinston Stake YW Camp is held under
the direction of Sister Elaine Howard, (Stake
YW Camp Director for nearly 30 years). In
2009, more than 100 YW completed Camp
Certification at Woodmen of the World
Campground in Fort Barnwell , NC . YW Camp
Certification requirements are incorporated into
the weekly YW Mutual activities year round.
Some favorite YW Camp
activities include: archery, rifle
shooting, swimming, and crafts.
Above Right: Kinston 2nd Ward
Youth in front of the Raleigh
Temple. Right: Washington Branch
YW making baby care blankets
and with finished blankets

                                                                THE CHURCH OF
                                                      JESUS CHRIST
                                                         OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                      KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

Near the end of His ministry, Christ
told His disciples, “Go ye therefore,
and teach all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
(Matt. 28:19). He also commanded
his followers to be “witnesses unto
me ... unto the uttermost part of the
earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints, as of year end 2008,
operates 348 missions with over
52,000 missionaries. Young men
ages 19 to 26 can be called to serve
two year missions and young women
ages 21-26 eighteen month missions. Senior couples can also be
called to various length missions. All expenses are paid for by the
missionaries and his/her family.
Before leaving on a mission, each missionary is assigned to one of
16 missionary training centers around the world. Those required
to learn another language spend eight weeks in training before
traveling to their mission. If language training is not required,
they attend two or three week basic orientation.
As of January 2010, Kinston Stake has several XX serving in
the United States, and several countries abroad including The
Dominican Republic, Etc, etc,

                                                                THE CHURCH OF
                                                      JESUS CHRIST
                                                         OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                   KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conducts
humanitarian activities worldwide on an ongoing basis.
The Church’s Emergency Response Team reacts immediately in times
of emergency when needed, offering life-sustaining resources. Areas
of Emergency Response include clean water, neonatal resuscitation
training to help newborns with breathing difficulties, wheelchair
distribution to provide mobility to individuals with disabilities, and
vision treatment training to help those with cataracts.
During 2009, the Church provided hundreds of thousands of
pounds offood and other relief supplies to dozens of countries hit hard by natural disasters, As it has done for
many years, the Church quickly sent in emergency supplies and Church members provided thousands of hours of
service to ease suffering caused by such disasters as typhoons in the Philippines and Taiwan, a tsunami in Samoa
and Tonga, flooding in Turkey and India, conflicts in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and earthquakes in Indonesia and
Costa Rica. From 1985 to the present time, the church has donated $1,115,900,000* in assistance.
For more information or to see some of the latest activities, visit

Many service projects are taken on locally throughout each year
on an individual, ward, and stake wide basis. In 2009, the Kinston
Stake participated in a “Day of Service” where 639 volunteers
worked on several projects including Kinston’s Magnum Clean-Up
Day, a restoration project for the Old Bath High School, the Music
Academy of Eastern Carolina, and the clean up of four cemetaries in
New Bern, Morehead City and Harkers Island.
The church also maintains its own welfare system based on the
concept of self-reliance. When members seek welfare assistance
from the Church, the help is regarded as temporary until members
become self-sufficient once again. The welfare program teaches
members to advance their education, develop their vocational skills,
manage their finances, produce and store food, and maintain their
physical, emotional and spiritual health.

* Information from the Deseret News 2010 Church Almanac.

                                                                   THE CHURCH OF
                                                        JESUS CHRIST
                                                            OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                      KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

At the end of 2009, there are 130 operating LDS
temples throughout the world and another 21
announced or under construction. The Kinston
Stake is part of the Raleigh Temple District. In
the temple, priesthood ordinances for the living
and the dead are preformed, and sacred covenants
are made. The primary purpose of the temple is
to “seal” or unite families together for eternity.
For this reason, Church members search out
information about their ancestors.
The Lord has commanded His people to build
temples. One such command was directed to
Solomon, who proceeded to build a house of
the Lord and the most sacred structure on earth.        The Kinston Stake is part of the Raleigh, NC Temple district. The
Earlier, the Israelite’s tabernacle in the wilderness   Temple is located in Apex, NC. The temple was dedicated Dec.
served as a temple, and there was a temple in the       18, 1999 by President Gordon B. Hinckley
time of Jesus Christ.
When Jesus Christ restored His Church through Joseph Smith, He again directed that temples be built. In the
temple, sacred covenants are made and worthy members are endowed with a gift of power and knowledge from
on high.
In the holy temples, members:
•   Learn eternal truths.
•   Receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join
    children and parents ( Malachi 4:5).
•    Perform ordinances such as baptism in behalf of those who have died without the opportunity to receive the
    gospel, making it possible for those who choose to accept them to return to live one day with Heavenly Father
    ( 1 Peter 4:6 and 1 Corinthians 15:29).
Visitors are welcome to visit the temple grounds at any temple and attend open houses prior to dedication,
thereafter only baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are qualified and
prepared are allowed to enter a temple after it is dedicated.
Members of the Church are actively involved in family history work. This work is to identify their ancestors and
enable them to bind their families together for eternity in holy temples.
                                                               THE CHURCH OF
                                                     JESUS CHRIST
                                                         OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                  KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

The Church operates the largest genealogical library in the world—the
Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Open to the public with
no fees for any of the services, the Family History Library offers access
to millions of volumes of birth, marriage, death, and other records. The
Church also operates branch libraries throughout the world that are
open to anyone interested in family history.
We invite to you come to one of our local family history
centers which are available in selected meetinghouses. We
provide free access and professional assistance to both
members of the church and the community at large. You
can also search many of the resources on the Church’s
You may trace your ancestors and find information about
family history resources at the Church’s family history Web
site, You may also print your own family tree.
The family history centers in the Kinston, NC stake are located at:
Greenville North Carolina                                 Morehead City North Carolina
307 Martinsborough Rd                                     3606 Country Club Rd
Greenville, Pitt, NC                                      Morehead City, Carteret, NC
Phone: 252-756-4573                                       Phone: 252-726-7812

Harkers Island North Carolina                             New Bern North Carolina
1007 Island Rd                                            1207 Forest Dr
Harkers Island, Carteret, NC                              New Bern, Craven, NC
Phone: 252-728-2260                                       Phone: 252-638-5341

Kinston North Carolina                                    Washington North Carolina
3006 Carey Rd                                             80 Cedar Cir
Kinstn, Lenoir, NC                                        Washington, Beaufort, NC
Phone: 252-522-2116                                       Phone: 252-946-6730
Call the local numers for hours of operation.

                                                               THE CHURCH OF
                                                    JESUS CHRIST
                                                        OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                 KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

                                   The Prophet, Joseph Smith was often asked to explain the teachings and
                                   practices of Mormonism. Early in 1842, John Wentworth, editor of the
                                   Chicago Democrat, asked Joseph Smith to provide him with a sketch of ‘the
                                   rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-Day Saints. Mr. Wentworth,
                                   originally from New Hampshire, desired this information to help a friend
                                   compile a history of his native state. Joseph complied with this request and
                                   sent Wentworth a multi-page document containing an account of many of the
                                   early events in the history of the Church, including the First Vision and the
                                   coming forth of the Book of Mormon. The document also contained thirteen
                                   statements outlining Latter-day Saint beliefs, which have come to be known
                                   as the Articles of Faith. The information sent to Wentworth was not published
                                   in the Chicago Democrat, but was published in the Church newspaper, Times
                                   and Seasons, published March of 1842. In 1880, the Articles of Faith became
                                   official doctrine of the Church and all members of the church are encouraged
                                   to learn and memorize all 13 Articles of Faith. They are as follows.
1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and
   in the Holy Ghost.
2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for
   Adam’s transgression.
3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be
   saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
4. We believe that the first principles and
   ordinances of the Gospel are: first,
   Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second,
   Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion
   for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying
   on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
5. We believe that a man must be called of
   God, by prophecy, and by the laying on
   of hands by those who are in authority, to
   preach the Gospel and administer in the
   ordinances thereof.
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                                                       JESUS CHRIST
                                                          OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
                                                                    KINSTON, NC STAKE - 2010

6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors,
   teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of
   Mormon to be the word of God.
9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we
   believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining
   to the Kingdom of God.
10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the
    Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American
    continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its
    paradisiacal glory.
11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and
    allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining
    the law.
13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste,
    benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all
    men; indeed, we may say that we follow the
    admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we
    hope all things, we have endured many things,
    and hope to be able to endure all things. If there
    is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or
    praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
For more information on what we believe, visit where you can read more about our
basic beliefs, view over 100 videos from the video
library, or speak directly with a missionary and ask
questions through the online chat feature. If you
prefer, you may also request free DVDs or a Book
of Mormon to be delivered to your door from an
LDS missionary.

W    E, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve            to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to
Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,          teach them to love and serve one another, observe the com-
solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a                   mandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever
woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to            they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—
the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.           will be held accountable before God for the discharge of
                                                                      these obligations.
ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the
image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of             THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and
heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and          woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled
destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual          to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by
premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.                  a father and a mother who honor marital vows with com-
                                                                      plete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be
IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew                achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord
and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted
                                                                      Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are estab-
His plan by which His children could obtain a physical
                                                                      lished and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repen-
body and gain earthly experience to progress toward per-
                                                                      tance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and
fection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of
                                                                      wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers
eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family
                                                                      are to preside over their families in love and righteousness
relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred
                                                                      and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and
ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it
                                                                      protection for their families. Mothers are primarily respon-
possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and
                                                                      sible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred re-
for families to be united eternally.
                                                                      sponsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve                   another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circum-
pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and            stances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended
wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children              families should lend support when needed.
to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We
further declare that God has commanded that the sacred
                                                                      WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of
                                                                      chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to ful-
powers of procreation are to be employed only between
                                                                      fill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable
man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
                                                                      before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of
WE DECLARE the means by which mortal life is created to be            the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and
divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its         nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern
importance in God’s eternal plan.                                     prophets.

HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love                 WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of gov-
and care for each other and for their children. “Children             ernment everywhere to promote those measures designed
are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a            to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental
sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness,         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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