In class on Wednesday, we discussed things that we viewed as critical issues pertaining to the family. Some of these included divorce, pre-marital sex/cohabitation, single parent families and teenage pregnancy. While all of these issues do impact the family, I think it is important to note that because they impact the family, they also impact society. Its just amazing to me how much society mirrors and consequently, effects the family unity. Most of the issues I mentioned above have not only become systemic social problems, but they have also become normalized and socially accepted. It is my firm belief that the family is ordained of God and is a sacred union between a man and a women. Because society has lost this belief, the family is in serious jeopardy.
This leads me to the question that Brother Williams asked us right before class ended - "What are you willing to do to impact and change the things you think are critical?" Honestly, I've been contemplating this question for a while. Last semester I took child and family advocacy in which we learned how we as individuals can effectively advocate and stand up for the family and what we believe to be important. I have come to the conclusion that the biggest and most important thing we can do is to become accurately educated, both in scientific and secular perspectives and the gospel perspective. By understanding issues completely, with accurate information, we can better be examples and teachers for what we know and feel is right and important. Once we have become adequately educated, it is so important to take a stand on an issue and work to educate others. The key, however, is to be respectful and take other people's views into account. I know from experience that by respectfully and knowledgeably advocating for important issues, one person can make an amazing difference in the lives of many and in society as a whole.