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From 1960 —
Keep Faith with Your Family
Most happy is the family that works, worships and plays together. To them, home is the center of all good things: affection, understanding, service, trust, faith.
The happy home is a two-way street. Parents and children must all co-operate.
For all of us, life begins with certain family obligations. As sons and daughters, “born of goodly parents,” let us look to the debts we owe.
Who were first to feed our bodies, our minds and our souls?
Who were our first teachers of right and wrong?
Who taught us first to pray and first planted the spark of faith in our lives?
Who inspire us with confidence when we are discouraged?
Who are first to forgive when we transgress?
Who would stint and scrape to send us to school or support us on missions or do for us any of a hundred things no one else would do?
Who give us the most, treat us the best and expect from us the least in return?
You’ve guessed it – it is our family.
And what do we owe them for all this?
First, we owe them appreciation – and gratitude. Then we owe them the living of a good life – honest, virtuous, generous, useful – never forsaking the virtues which we inherited or acquired through wholesome family associations, which have made us a favored generation.
This much we owe to the past.
To the future we owe even more. To generations yet unborn – to our own children and our children’s children when they shall come – we owe an unbroken chain of good and useful lives.
This is keeping the faith – keeping faith with our family.
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF