“Part of an Eternal Family,” Ensign, September 2020
Through my own personal experiences and my service in the Relief Society General Presidency, I have seen firsthand that many people in the world don’t live in perfect family situations. In fact, I’m not sure anyone does! The ideal described in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” reminds us of the loving eternal family that we belong to. It teaches that we are all part of the family of God and reminds us that, regardless of our earthly family situation, each of us is surrounded by brothers and sisters.
Because we are all imperfect mortals, our family situations may never be perfect in this life. But our Savior can provide us with healing. On page 42, I share how temple work brought God’s healing to my family on both sides of the veil.
Learning more about the principles in the proclamation can help you strengthen your faith and those around you, whatever your family circumstances. The article starting on page 12 may prompt you with ideas for applying these teachings to your life.
Our heavenly parents love us, their children, and our Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us. That means that He has a plan for you. Please keep moving toward Him in faith. Help your eternal family members along the way back to Him. He will share hope and healing along your journey. And one day, each of us will have the chance to return to a perfect and eternal heavenly home.
May God bless and strengthen you,
Sister Reyna I. Aburto
Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency