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Nov 7, 2015

Patterns of Family Life

The things I have learned in the last few weeks have hit my heart with such force I can hardly hold it in. This is real, and its happening now. People need to know.

It's not just Mormons who are worried about the condition of the Family around the World. Scores of experts in the field of the social sciences are worried that the direction of modern beliefs are causing the the family to degenerate. The family is the number one basic functioning unit for human capital. Its the smallest earthly system of energy within our society. Everything comes from here. Our future is now, in our families. Lets take a look.

Study these images carefully...

Can you see the patterns?

It is the pattern of life.

If you look at the bottom image of Las Vegas from an Arial view, we begin to see that these little cities on our earth are like parts of an incredible living organism. The human race is a living organism so to speak.

If we zoomed into the tiniest unit that begins the creative force that continues our world, we would perhaps see a man providing for people he is bonded to... a woman in a little apartment raising a few young children.

From the time the first human unit of life "fell" to the earth, "Adam began to till the earth and bring food from it, and Adam and Eve began to have children."  (Moses 5:1-2) Generations later  that same unit continues today to perpetuate life. The family. Man, Woman, Child... Man Woman Child, creating billions of connections and reactions from stock exchanges, to the butterfly effect of a kind word. This live world pulsates with human capital. Thus we see millions of little families generating life.

If you take the graph from the last 7000 years or so of Earth's history and stand it on it's side. Then take into account visually what the family connections look like as time moves by. It actually looks like a tree! No wonder a generational chart is called a family tree!

Now, scroll up and look at those "system" pictures again... You may also notice something very important. Of these systems, you can only see about half of what is actually happening here with your naked eye. The unseen part of the life cycle like the protozoa, are just as essential as the seen part. Similarly, the vantage point that we see our city doesn't capture the millions of tiny humans who seem to be running the show.

The key here is in the unseen. Its the unseen in our lives that is so essential to the process. We would like to think that we are the ultimate tiny unit of the energy that runs everything, and more of society is believing it. The truth is... there is another level. The spiritual aspect. We all know that when a spirit leaves a body, it dies. Does faith seem so far out now? The definition of Faith is: Believing in things which are not seen, which are true. If we can discover microorganisms, what makes human kind think its finished with the finite discovery? Spirit is matter. Isn't religion sort of like the science of the capacity of your spirit?

So, lets build this human tree system, with all its seen and unseen parts. This diagram is created based on Elder Neilson's talk "Roots and Branches" from a 2004 Ensign.

 The light and the Redeemer of the world; the Spirit of truth, who came into the world, because the world was made by him, and in him was the life of men and the light of men.
 10 The worlds were made by him; men were made by him; all things were made by him, and through him, and of him.

Everything exists because of Christ, who acts through our Father in Heaven.

Unfortunately, there are trends that are becoming popular in the younger generations that are beginning to effect this tree in the future.

The impacts of the degeneration of the fruit part of our human tree have big consequences. Abortion, sex trafficking, and healthy adults choosing not to have children are among the common fruit discontinuation and destruction practices. Other influences that cause children to be malnourished and weak socially are the increasing usage of screen time, grandparents, and daycare's for parenting.  Meanwhile media tells us to chase after sensations and our job, while the real treasure rots on the vine. Our children are our fruit, and our future. As the branches generating our future, we need to re-evaluate where our energies are flowing.

If you are feeling left out of this picture because you cannot have children... or perhaps are a single parent... Oh, my goodness, I have cried for your pain. Lets look at your influence, especially if your spiritual tree is in place. Adoption is an option. Tree's can have branches grafted to them that will produce wonderful fruit. You can send some of your wonderful "life energy" to branches that seem laden with "children" and need help. I can't begin to describe how much people who haven't been able to have children, or didn't get the opportunity have been an integral part of my life. I love these people deeply, and draw on their nurturing frequently. Those who's apparent physical tree may be missing components are so influential when their "spiritual branches" are in place.
Marriage units would be well compared to the weight bearing branches of the tree. If these suffer the whole upper unit of the tree begins to have problems. Divorce, same sex marriage, continuing remarriage, imbalanced roles of men and women are some examples. The professionals call it family complexity. It seems that pop culture is inventing every way to pull apart, and distort this absolutely integral part of the life of our society.

Now the roots. The younger generation seem to be pulling away from both the physical and spiritual roots all at once. Without roots, simply, the tree dies. The basic principles we can pull from our progenitors like family and faith really are the basis of LIFE. The physical history of our Nation was founded by men who believed in religious freedom. I was listening to an updated Gallup poll on the radio yesterday, saying that there was a significant decrease in American's who affiliated as religious. In a 7 year time Americans went from 2/3 that were religious to less than half. The greatest change was found in the young generation. The sample taken was quite large and left little room for error. Religion is part of both our physical and spiritual roots.

As the spiritual aspects of an organism decline, so does the physical. They are connected. Some may say, "But isn't this the natural aging process of an organism?" I would usually say yes, but there is one hitch in that belief. We are children of a God, who is an immortal being. The human race isn't supposed to just come to fruition and then die on this earth. While we experience physical death, to those that seek out their true potential of life it is just a portal to another realm. These physical patterns we lay forth on the earth will eventually be reunited with the spiritual in the advent of Resurrection.  

The choice is yours. The results of avoiding and distorting the pattern of life can only lead to one eventual end. Spiritual death, and suffering. This pattern isn't just is Love, and Joy! If you feel that God is anger, you do not understand him properly. Correction from God is simply pruning. He is shaping you to your full capacity.

  "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love"
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."-Christ

Those that suffer the influences that would pull them away from this family pattern, my heart goes out to them! Mortality is not perfection. I and so many others who have brought our lives back to this pattern know what it is to be weak and broken, and to continually come unto Christ to be healed. Some have temptations that seep into the deepest parts of their lives, and cause them great pain. Many aren't even aware of the consequences of those choices that look good, but are contrary to life down the road. But all of us come to a point in our lives where we say to ourselves, why am I broken... what is wrong, there has to be more! The Savior is the bridge from death to Love.

Jesus Christ knows every deep and continuing difficulty that we could ever have in this life and can nurture and heal us as we graft our weak, natural, broken branches into His life system.

And so we are left with a Choice. We can keep trying to live, withered, thirsty, confused and broken. Or we can begin to embrace our full potential of LIFE. How does your life look? This Life will give, and continue, radiate life into others in this great human tree that we are a part of. Your choice of the plan and pattern of family helps gives life to others. 

"Greater Love hath no man than this, that he layeth his life down for his "FAMILY first" and friends." 

What pattern are you laying?

If trends persist and become more popular, the physical and spiritual nature of this human tree will degrade, and people will suffer. I pass on a warning that is very real...

"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."- The Family: A Proclamation to the World. 

Whether you believe in God or not, The coming of Christ is imminent. The signs given by prophets in scripture are "ripening". Embrace Jesus Christ, and help give life to the human family. His Church exists on the earth now. The world is polarizing and the path of life is becoming clearer than ever. 

"Let us stand together and “with a song in our hearts move forward, living the gospel, loving the Lord, and building His kingdom. I testify that in this glorious work, we may know the pure love of God. We may receive true joy and obtain all the glories of eternity." -Carol F. McConkie

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