Thursday, September 29, 2011

One Unit....One Family

Have you ever heard of the Family Systems Theory? I hadn't until this past week in my Family Relations Class. The Family Systems Theory states the family unit consists of one unit. Within that unit are subsets and boundaries between each individual. In my family, my mom and dad are a subset and are the head of the family. They act like the oil that keeps the family running. Since I am an only child, I have a subset with both my mom as well as my dad. I have a close relationship with my mom. Her and I are very similar in many ways, which has only made our bond grow stronger over the years. My relationship with my dad is on a different plane. I have had to work very hard at growing close to him.  When I left for college and was away from our family home, my dad recognized and realized how important our relationship was. Since I have been away at school, the bond between my dad and I has been strengthened. Family is a very important unit and is central to Heavenly Father's plan. By having families, we are fulfilling God's plan. Each person within the family plays a significant role within the entire family unit. We each have a divine nature and eternal purpose to fulfill. As Elder Ballard said;"In these last days it is essential—even critical—that parents and children listen to and learn from one another." We should never feel that we don't have a significant place in our family because each of us are part of a unit – the eternal family!

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