Terry and Janet

Terry and Janet

Sunday, March 20, 2011

To the Lovely Couple...

Happy Anniversary to these two special people.
My mom and Dad
(Ross and Anita Farnsworth)
They have been married 57 years.
Wow, that's almost to Infinity and beyond
Good thing we believe in Eternity!

They gave birth to these 'beautiful' daughters
There are nine of us.
There are also three sons
But the picture of all of us wouldn't upload.
Sorry boys.
These are my sisters. (I'm Janet)
Beth, Julie, Amy, Bonnie, Ruth, Carol, Sherri, Jill
I need the telestrator.
My brothers are Junior, Joe and Tom

Twelve children!
Sixty-three grandchildren
and so many great grands I can't count them

Every minute of my parents lives have been dedicated to their children
and their grandchildren and their great grandchildren.
My parents seem to be a perfect blend.
They have taught us to work hard and to play hard.
They have sacrificed so much for us...
But what else is there to sacrifice for if you don't do it for your family?
We believe that the family is central to God's plan on this earth
and in the next life.

Below is the Proclamation on the Family.
It is beautiful and teaches us how to create and become
A loving, devoted family.

My parents have received many awards and recognitions
but it will never be enough
for what they have truly given to us and to many others.

I am mostly grateful that they have raised all of us using the
nine principles found in the proclamation below.
(I highlighted them in white)
Mom and Dad
Thank you so much for falling in love
and for being so unselfish
and for giving us life and the knowledge of
who we really are and why we are here.

You have created a Ginormous amount of Love.
There is nothing better than this.
We will love you forever.

(Somebody email me a jpg of the brothers and sisters)

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

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.

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. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

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. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. 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.

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.

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.

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. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. 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. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

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

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.