Longing for Family

This past week I was brought to tears while watching the documentary God Grew Tired of Us. It was during the part where one of the Lost Boys of Sudan was reunited with his mother after being separated from her and the rest of his family for many years, most of those years not knowing if she or the rest of his family were dead or alive. I immediately thought of my family back in Arizona who I recently visited for the birth of a new nephew. As I watched this documentary, I found a renewed appreciation for each member of my family; my mother, father, siblings, nieces, nephews and grandparents.

The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that we can be together forever with our families.

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote The Family: A Proclamation to the World in 1995, which talks about the extreme importance of families, the role of the mother and fatherĀ and blessings that come from sustaining a strong family.

Where is your family? Do they live close? Far? How often do you communicate with them?

6 thoughts on “Longing for Family

  1. Bradley

    My family is spread out coast-to-coast in the USA, and currently we have someone in Europe, too. Even though we’re all spread out, we make sure to get together at least once a year. I talk to my parents regularly, but lately have felt like I haven’t had enough regular contact with my siblings, which is a shame. One of the great blessings of the Gospel is that feeling that as a family, we belong together, and I’m glad my family has actively tried to cultivate that feeling.

  2. Brooke

    Mel, I love that documentary! I saw it at the Sundance Film Festival when it came out. It makes you appreciate a lot of things and aware of what’s happening in the world. And no, God didn’t grow tired of them.

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  4. Juliana

    Melanie-thanks for sharing such an uplifting yet moving documentary about the ‘lost boys of Sudan’. It made me realize how blessed I am for being so spoiled having all I have and sometimes complaining that I need more. Also it made me more grateful for the technology and freedom I have to communicate and visit my family in Brazil. I can’t imagine not hearing from them or even knowing if they are alive.

  5. Ashley

    I’m heading out of town this week to visit two of my sisters, as well as my six nieces and nephews. I couldn’t be more excited about it! My family is one of my greatest treasures in this world, and I am so fortunate to be able to visit them many times each year. (And how amazing is it that we can be in contact multiple times each week via cell phones and webcams?)


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