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Be Honest With Yourself: Keep Faith with Your Family

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 09, 2010

(See here for background)

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.




  1. That’s a fun picture. And an interesting text. The unbroken chain. I just heard from a distant cousin who happened to google my blog and has been spending hour after hour reading everything she can about the family. It sounds like her branch of the family did not remain in the church. She said very poignantly that all the family she knows personally would fit in her compact car. Five people! Including herself! It is wonderful to her to discover her extended family and amazing heritage.

    Comment by Researcher — April 9, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

  2. (Researcher has an amazing family history blog, and I’m glad that it’s now linked to her signature in comments. Y’all could get some fine ideas for sharing your own family history by exploring what she is doing.)

    I heard once from a man who was the only child of an only child of an only child, and as far as he knew he had no relatives at all until by googling he ran across one of the first genealogical queries I posted when I came on to the internet in the early ’90s. (It’s things like this that make me keep the same email address.) We had second-great-grandparents in common, and I was able to send him a bundle that he said made him feel like he had a family. In his case, it wasn’t a matter of not keeping the faith (that line has never been LDS until my dad), but it was a matter of having broken that chain through time and distance.

    Fortunately, the links can be welded again.

    I think what I like best about this card’s text — and there are a lot of good lines — is the recognition that we owe something to our families in the way we live our lives. We aren’t free to go our own way as if those who nurtured us are of no consequence.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 9, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

  3. My immediate reaction was to be blinded by the white teethy smiles!

    Pondering a little, I wondered if the text would get printed today. It’s very black and white and I think now we recognise that not all families are such. Love it as a period piece pic though, thanks for posting it!

    Comment by Anne (U.K) — April 10, 2010 @ 6:28 am

  4. he recognition that we owe something to our families in the way we live our lives. We aren’t free to go our own way as if those who nurtured us are of no consequence.

    I like how you summarized this, Ardis. I think it’s a reminder going the other direction, too…that we owe something to those who come after us…that how we live our lives is not just about us, but about generations to come.

    Comment by m&m — April 10, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

  5. I have a full booklet copy of this 1960 pamphlet is anyone is interested

    Comment by BMW — April 13, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  6. BMW, you must have a pamphlet from the kit that accompanied the posters when they were sent to wards to display. Awesome.

    If any reader wants to contact BMW, write to ISD [at] consultant[dot]com.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 13, 2010 @ 9:47 am

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