Teaching the Proclamation to Children
December 2017

“Teaching the Proclamation to Children,” Ensign, December 2017

Teaching the Proclamation to Children

This month, we conclude our series of tips for talking with your children about “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”1

proclamation article

This Month’s Selection

“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.”

How to Explain This to Children

Heavenly Father knows how we treat our family. People who hurt their family members will have to answer to Him one day. Many prophets have taught that families are important. Families make neighborhoods and countries stronger. We should tell our government leaders that we care about families and ask them for help making our families as healthy and happy as they can be.

Activity Idea

Learn about who your local government leaders are. Write them a letter asking for something that would help your family or thanking them for something that already does. For example, you could thank them for a park near your home, or ask them for more family-friendly community activities. What have you learned about the family proclamation this year?


  1. See “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 2010, 129.