The visiting teaching message made an unusual impression on me this month. It took me back a few years to the time when my children were very little. The quote in the message that struck me was by Elder Russell Ballard: "I call upon members of the church and on committed parents, grandparents, and extended family members everywhere to hold fast to the family proclamation, to make it a banner not unlike General Moroni's "Title Of Liberty" and to commit ourselves to live by its precepts.... In today's world, where Satan's aggression against the family is so prevalent, parents must do all they can do to fortify and defend their families. But their efforts may not be enough. Our most basic institution of family desperately needs help and support from the extended family and the public institutions that surround us".
After reading the message I went through some of my treasures looking for this banner that our family made years ago. It was designed, named, and constructed by our children. It was to represent what our family wanted to be. It makes me laugh to look at it so many years later, but it served an important purpose in our home and family as it hung on the wall for many years. I want to challenge my own children that may read this post to create their own "Family Banner" as a reminder of what their family wants to stand for.