Why Eternal Families?
by RI Editors
We are a church that is all about families. We readily admit that. We talk a lot about reading scriptures together, attending church together, praying together, even eating together. What is it that prayer, scriptures and church attendance is supposed to bring? They aren’t the end goal, they are steps in the process to become an eternal family.
Does being an eternal family mean that in our resurrected bodies we’ll sit on our celestial sofa watching AFV reruns and arguing over who gets the last piece of cake? Or will we be an eternal family because we won’t argue over the last piece of cake because there will be infinite pieces of cake? Or will we each have a mansion in heaven and live there alone with entire cakes to ourselves on separate clouds, and that’s how we’ll maintain peace?
We get so focused on family that I wonder if we miss the whole point. We have Family Home Evening lessons with paper chain object lessons showing how each member of the family is a link in the chain and we want to get back to Heavenly Father with our chain intact. We go to the temple to ensure that even the long since deceased members of our family are included in eternity. We go to great lengths to preserve and research family histories. Why?
What is family for and what is the advantage to it lasting forever?