“When We’re Together,” New Era, Jan.–Feb. 1985, 11
My family has always been very close, but I’ve come to realize it more and more in the last few years. With high school graduation and the prospect of college only a year away, I have found myself thinking about what it is going to be like living without them nearby, and sometimes I feel like I never want to leave home.
Our family does everything together. We talk, work in the garden, build things, and fix cars together. When we go to an amusement park, my parents don’t go one way and we kids another. We always stay together and enjoy each other and the park. My family shows that they care by their actions, and since we are always together, love abounds. Because of this love and togetherness, I feel that my parents are the people that are the most responsible for helping me to be what I am. Everything I am I owe to my parents.
My father is not a member of the Church, but he is a very special person. He is constantly working on something to improve the house or helping out one of the family or a neighbor. He makes Christmas tree ornaments, builds hope chests for my sister and me, and helps me fix my car. My Dad always welcomes my sister and me when we want to help him, even if we make his job go slower.
My mother is very talented with cloth, needles, and yarn. She has a lot of patience with me. I have ten thumbs and can royally jam a sewing machine or puncture my fingers until they are covered with bandages. Mom always has time for my sister and me. She always makes time to talk to us when we need to talk.
My sister is the baby of the family. Some baby! She is three years younger than I am, but she is two inches taller. She has a quick smile and is really neat. We are very close. We shop, play, and read together. One of my best friends is my sister.
I always thank the Lord for my family in my prayers because they are so special to me. We help and support each other, but more importantly, we’re always together so we know we love each other. We’re not yet an eternal family, but someday I pray we will be so that we can be together forever.