31 Mar 2008
"From your position on the road of life, you . . . have many miles to go and many choices to make as you seek to return to our Heavenly Father. Along the road there are many signs that beckon. Satan is the author of some of these invitations. He seeks to confuse and deceive us, to get us on a low road that leads away from our eternal destination."
Topic: choices, temptation  Reference: (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "Be Not Deceived," Ensign, November 2004, 43)
Family

Family

Family has always been a very important part of my heritage, and family will always continue to be very important to me I believe. One of the reasons that family is so important to me is because I value my coexistence, but probably the most influential reason that family is important to me is my religious belief that 1) the family is ordained of God, and 2) the family is the fundamental unit of society. I also strongly believe that
"the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."
In my family I do not only include my immediate family, my immediate relatives, and the family I married into, but I also include my best friends as family members. They are invited to everything that we do as family. Friends are a very integral part of this life also I believe, and they are very important to our relationship with others. Also friends are often able to give less biased more sound advice than are close relatives or in- laws. Below I have attempted to somewhat construct a family tree to illistrate my relationships in my family.