Memorize The Family: A Proclamation to the World

Two years ago my children and I memorized The Living Christ as a Christmas gift to my husband. It is now a wonderful addition to our Christmas and Easter celebrations.


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Gearing up for our annual celebration on The Family: A Proclamation to the World, I have created memorization cards to help my children memorize the Proclamation. When we memorized The Living Christ two years ago the things that helped us the most were small cards we put on rings {each child had their own to carry around} and posters to hang up near our dining room table. We wanted the same type of thing to help our children memorize The Family Proclamation. {You can find the Living Christ study helps here.}

I have divided up the Proclamation into twelve weeks {actually eleven with the last week for review}. Each weekly file contains four posters and a page that has four cards. Each card and poster has the lines to memorize for that week along with a picture for a visual cue. The weekly reviews have 12 cards on one page.

The Family Proclamation Memorization Helps


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Download The Family Proclamation Week 01 cards and posters. "We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children."

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Download The Family Proclamation Week 02 cards and posters. "All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose."

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Download The Family Proclamation Week 03 cards and posters. "In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally."

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Download The Family Proclamation Week 04 cards and posters. "The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife."

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Download The Family Proclamation Weeks 1-4 Review cards. Review what you have memorized so far with these handy smaller cards.

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Download The Family Proclamation Week 05 cards and posters. "We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan. Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3)."

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Download The Family Proclamation Week 06 cards and posters. "Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations."

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Download The Family Proclamation Week 07 cards and posters."The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ."

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Download The Family Proclamation Week 08 cards and posters. "Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families."
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Download The Family Proclamation Weeks 5-8 review cards. Review what you have memorized so far with these handy smaller cards.
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Download The Family Proclamation Week 09 cards and posters. "Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed."
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Download The Family Proclamation Week 10 cards and posters. "We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God."
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Download The Family Proclamation Week 11 cards and posters. "Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."
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Download The Family Proclamation Week 12 cards and posters. It is the Proclamation in its entirety for review.
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Download The Family Proclamation Weeks 9-12 review cards. Review what you have memorized so far with these handy smaller cards.









Booklet Covers for the Larger Cards

How You Can Use the Posters

  • Hang them in the main room of your home for easy review. The bathroom door is also a great under-utilized place.
  • Use them in family home evening to present the coming week's memorization.
  • Explain what all the terms mean.
  • Put them in a binder to use as a quiet book at church.
  • Use when reciting the Family Proclamation together as a family.

How You Can Use the Cards

  • Make a set of flip cards for each child to carry around and study - in the car, at church, etc.
  • Make a game out of them by whiting out the page numbers. Mix them up and put them in order.
  • Or choose a card and see if you can recite the phrase before and after the one on the card.

Other Memorization Tips

  • Recite several times every single day. Before family prayers or meals is a good time.
  • Play games by have one person recite a phrase, then the next person recites the phrase after, etc.
  • Make it harder by reciting one word per person going around and around!
  • Use the phrases as copywork.
  • Jump or clap while reciting to create a rhythm.
  • Make up a tune to sing the phrases to or download these free tracks for the entire Proclamation set to music!
  • Pair up an older child to help a younger one.
  • Recite in the car while traveling.

The Challenge


Will you join us this summer in memorizing The Family: A Proclamation to the World? If you do I'd love to hear from you here or on the facebook page. Let us know your progress, or upload videos to send as part of the video project.

21 comments :

  1. Your suggestion of putting this to music has already been done. I used "Happiness in Family Life" in the CSMP a few years ago. Check it out here -

    http://joansowards.com/Family%20Proclamation

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    1. Awesome! I'll add the link to the post. Thanks for letting me know.

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  2. These are AWESOME!!! Thank you.

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  3. Thanks for this! I've been wanting to memorize this for quite some time now, but haven't started. This is just what I needed. And chocolate. I "need" that too.

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  4. Our family plan was to start as soon as we get Alma 37:37 down. Hopefully by Friday.

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  5. This is really great! Thank you for sharing all your hard work!

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  6. Thanks for sharing something like this! I can adapt this for my upcoming activity for Activity Days to fulfill a Faith in God requirement.

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  7. Have you finished weeks 5-8 review cards? We are moving forward with memorizing and have had some great discussions about what different things mean. My 3 year old is doing it right along with us and has it down. Thanks for the pictures and help!

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  8. The review cards for week 5-8 are here:
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5fDPhAIvvwudGU0aThvRGFaNHM/edit

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  9. Look at you! This is so wonderful! Thank you!!!

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  10. Thank you so much! Last year I memorized "The Living Christ" in the weeks leading up to Easter. I think this will be a great new goal for me! Thank for sharing.

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  11. This is amazing!! Thank you for sharing your work! I really appreciate it and think it will assist my memorization :-) You are amazing!

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  12. Thank you for making memorizing the proclamation so much easier! We are going to do this as a family this year! Thank you again! You are an inspiration to me!

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  13. Thanks for this awesome ideas all together learning aid -- I am using it for sharing time.. Thanks
    Hugs

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  14. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together and then sharing it with us. I am homeschooling for the first time this year and this will be a great resource for my family. Again, THANK YOU!

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  15. Thank you so much for assembling and sharing this! It is awesome! I am on a quest to help my twins daughters "master" as much LDS spiritual "grammar" as possible before they turn 8. We are deep into the process -- finishing up the D&C and OT scripture mastery verses with continued help from the Sons of Ammon scripture mastery songs -- and are looking ahead to "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." I had found the music, but really wanted some graphics to accompany each section of words... Hadn't even thought about "The Living Christ" being a bit of LDS "grammar!" Have marked it for study thereafter! Thanks again!

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  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE you!!!!! Thank you for the hours it took you to put these masterpieces together so that everyone could benefit. I could kiss you I am so happy that I found this.

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  17. Thank you so much!! LOVE it! We just issued the challenge to our YW to memorize The Living Christ, and the next week our Stake President issued the challenge to learn The Family Proclamation. I'm going to get them both down this year! Thanks for your help!!

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  18. Thanks for sharing these! I have wanted to memorize this for a while, and finally got the incentive to work with my family when our Primary started working on a section each month. I also cut up the "review" sheets, pasted each one to the top of a page in a composition notebook, and footnoted the key words with applicable scriptures. I was surprised how much scriptural doctrine is included in the proclamation. Now I plan to further my study with conference addresses that enhance the topics.

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!! Ihave been wanting to memorize for awhile. This is awesome how you broke it down. Thank you for taking the time to do this and make it for all of us mothers to use. YOur awesome !!! :)

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