For the next few weeks I am going to focus my posts on family. Family is what I have on my mind most of the day. It is my full time job right now so the way that I view everyday life as a Mormon is greatly influenced by experiences relating to family.
I was thinking about why family is so important to me and a lot of answers came to mind. The most basic and fundamental answer that I thought of was that we believe that families are eternal. Just think about that for a second, if you believed that you would be with your family for eternity (literally) wouldn’t that make it pretty important? There are a lot of important things in my life: money, employment, etc. None of those things are eternal. I will have none of those things after I die. That means in my mind the things that are eternal, the things I will have forever, are most important to me: family, faith, happiness, education, and so forth.
Because I believe I will be with my family for eternity it is very important for me to feel like I have a good relationship with each member of my family. I work very hard to be united with my husband; he’ll be mine forever so we better get along! I strive to teach and love my son so that he can also know happiness.
When you know something is eternal it is much higher on the priority list. For me, I am willing to sacrifice money, time, fancy things, convenience, and comfort so that I will have a loving and united family with me forever.