21 Mar 2008
"Sometimes as parents we feel we have failed when our children make mistakes or stray. Parents are never failures when they do their best to love, teach, pray, and care for their children. Their faith, prayers, and efforts will be consecrated to the good of their children. . . . No family has reached perfection. All families are subject to the conditions of mortality. All of us are given the gift of agency--to choose for ourselves and to learn from the consequences of our choices."
Reference: (Robert D. Hales, "With All the Feelings of a Tender Parent," Ensign, May 2004, 88)
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.
Copyright (C) Nathan Lane, 2007, 2008