Dinner Topics Newsletter: Stand for the Real Family
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Quotes on February Theme: Stand for the Real Family
No success can compensate for failure in the home. ~David O. McKay
‘The most important of the Lord’s work you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home.’ ~Harold B. Lee
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. ~The Family Proclamation
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. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. ~The Family Proclamation
The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.
MARIANNE E. NEIFERT, Dr. Mom’s Parenting Guide
A man should never neglect his family for business. ~Walt Disney
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6
The family is the most important organization in time or in eternity. The Lord instituted the family to endure eternally. ~Joseph Fielding Smith
It is so obvious that the great good and the terrible evil in the world today are the sweet and the bitter fruits of the rearing of yesterday’s children. As we train a new generation, so will the world be in a few years. If you are worried about the future, then look to the upbringing of your children. ~Gordon B. Hinckley
A man should never neglect his family for business. ~Walt Disney
As the forces of evil attack the individual by tearing away at his family roots, it becomes critical for …parents to maintain and strengthen the family. There are certain old truths which will be truths as long as the world endures, and which no amount of progress can change. 1) One of these is that the family (the organization consisting of father, mother, and children) is the foundation of all things in the Church; 2) another, that sins against pure and healthy family life are those which, of all others, are sure in the end to be visited most heavily upon the nations in which they take place. ~Joseph Fielding Smith
The thought of a nation without the family unit as its fundamental foundation, where all the citizens are comparatively strangers to each other and where natural affection is not found; where no family ties bind the groups together, is one of horror. Such a condition could lead to but one end—anarchy and dissolution. ~Joseph Fielding Smith
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As time goes on, and our traditional values become increasingly at risk, I look forward to working with you to restore Judeo-Christian values for our families and our posterity. Our theme for February is Real Family Life
NOTE: Every day government schools are giving us more and more reasons to teach our children at home—either find a good private school or take the plunge and home school. There are many support groups nationwide and a variety of curricula to tailor to your needs. Begin now to prepare and plan. Don’t wait till the task of undoing the secular influences becomes impossible. You can do it; you need not feel alone. God will help you protect your children from the increasing evils of the world.
Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Family Meals, Teaching Moments
Teaching Moments. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ~Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Classical Music stress relief this month provided by Mendelssohn, Leo Delibes, Segovia, Handel, Rossini
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The Dinner Topic Theme for February is Stand for Real Family Life
“Defining Moments” is a monthly feature. Kind of a fancy name for a glossary. When I was growing up, we had a huge dictionary on a tall, narrow, rolling table. Whenever we asked the meaning of a word, we were told to “look it up.” We still do that. You’d be surprised at some of the interesting things you find in the dictionary, especially the 1828 American Dictionary. Now, with all the twists and spins that politicians and the media do to common words, it’s valuable to go back to the original meaning. It can make for interesting conversation, too.
This month the Defining Moment is Family—traditional, nuclear family.
The Parenting Value for this month: Respect
Famous Birthdays: Mendelssohn, Thomas More, Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln, Andres Segovia, Leo Delibes, George Washington, George Friederich Handel, Victor Hugo, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Giacomo Rossini
Christian Story: Jacob meets Rachel
Saint Valentine and marriage
U.S. Constitution: Compact for America—states are working to regain their Constitutional rights and powers
The Last Literate Generation
The True Story of Common Core
Abuse Report—there are so many government abuses now that there is not room to report them all, so they will be summarized and listed in one report, with links to the complete article; this month: abortion, food stamp abuse
Moral Repair Plan—this will be much harder, but when we come across solutions, we will report them. This month includes: Principled statements on marriage and family, rescuing abortion workers; storing food
Book Reviews: The Real George Washington, On Being George Washington
The Moral Force of Women
And as always—current events, updates, and analysis
Priority: Investigation of Common Core reveals that it is blatant Left-wing indoctrination. Your state can choose not to implement Common Core. It’s hard to control national and even state politics. However, we can still do what is best for our children.
It is going to become increasingly difficult to counteract the insidious influences pervading our society. If it is not possible for you to home school, try to teach your children Judeo-Christian values at home. The easiest way to do this is to tell stories and discuss principles at the family dinner table. I hope these dinner topics help you with this vital effort. Just don’t give up! Our precious children are worth fighting for.
1. Tea Party Updates. The Tea Party is holding a Symposium on Article V of the Constitution, studying ways the states can use their power to overcome the tyranny at the Federal level.
Compact for America. This is a peaceful, well-organized grass-roots educational movement to combat tyranny on the federal level. This is slowly returning power to the states by focusing on one nation-saving amendment at a time via state conventions. Georgia state legislature just voted to hold a convention. The goal is for votes by ¾ of the states to compel Congress to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment by July 4, 2014.
2. Obamacare: Let’s do all we can to support the worthy grass roots efforts that are growing nationwide. Remember, 85% of the American people do not want Obamacare.
3. Nullification. States can choose to ignore an unconstitutional national law by passing a bill banning implementation. The Supreme Court did rule that the states cannot be forced to implement Obamacare on a state level. This can be used, not only for Obamacare, but any other unconstitutional law. South Carolina has nullified Obamacare!
4. Study the U.S. Constitution! It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms! A good way to do this is to study the monthly Constitution series from The 5,000 Year Leap.
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