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Honouring Our Fathers and Mothers Throughout The Year

Honouring Our Fathers and Mothers Throughout The Year

The majority of the Christian world will be familiar with the fifth commandment given to Moses on the top of Mount Sinai: 

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. (Exodus 20:12)

In pondering the subject of honoring our parents as prompted by its inclusion as part of the LDS Church's #LightTheWorld campaign, I had the privilege to read this talk given by Dallin H. Oaks in the April 1991 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Of this commandment, he writes:

"The commandment to honor our parents has strands that run through the entire fabric of the gospel. It is inherent in our relationship to God our Father. It embraces the divine destiny of the children of God. This commandment relates to the government of the family, which is patterned after the government of heaven.
The commandment to honor our parents echoes the sacred spirit of family relationships in which—at their best—we have sublime expressions of heavenly love and care for one another. We sense the importance of these relationships when we realize that our greatest expressions of joy or pain in mortality come from the members of our families.
Other manifestations of this commandment include the bearing and care of children, the preparation of family histories, and efforts to see that the ordinances of eternity are performed for our departed ancestors."
He then goes on to talk about some of the ways that each of us can honor our parents. Although many of these can be applied to each of us at any age  some suggestions he gives for children and youth are obedience, respect, and emulation; for the middle-aged, caring for parents when required; for those whose parents have passed on family reunions, family history and honoring causes for which your parents spent their strength.
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I will be eternally grateful for parents who continue to teach me good principles, mentor me, love me and whose example I wish to emulate. When I had the opportunity to become a mother myself just over a year ago, the reality of what my parents have done for me thus far was made that much more apparent to me--I was that much more grateful. I believe that this is a pattern that will continue. The more I come to know of the world and of life, the more I will appreciate my parents and seek to honor them.
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As part of the #LightTheWorld campaign, there are a few suggestions for how to honor your parents today:

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Real Customer Question: I'm adopted and have a relationship with both my birth parents and my adoptive parents. How will a chart work for me?

Real Customer Question: I'm adopted and have a relationship with both my birth parents and my adoptive parents. How will a chart work for me?

Special family circumstances can make creating a family tree a little less straightforward, so since we spend a LOT of time thinking about family trees we're more than happy to help you brainstorm the perfect way to create a family tree print that meets your families needs. Here's a real customer question we received about a unique family circumstance.

Q: I'm adopted and have a relationship with both my birth parents and my adoptive parents. How will a chart work for me?

A: How amazing that you have relationships with both your birth parents and your adoptive parents! The short answer is... use multiple charts! :)

Clearly, you can get as creative as you want, but here are a couple options we thought might look lovely. 

Option 1: The mega-combo chart.

By completely hiding the second generation, you could place yourself at the center and then have four parents in the very next generation. Here's a little video tutorial that shows you how to hide a generation in this scenario.



 From there, you'll just need to add the names for each line in manually, and voila!

adoptive and birth families in one chart

Option 2: Create one chart for your birth parents and another for your adoptive parents.

Then you could either use an external program such as Adobe Photoshop, Sketch or Figma to merge the two charts into one JPG you can print, or hang the charts separately side by side in matching frames. Either would look fantastic!

Do you have special family circumstances you need some help coming up with a creative solution for? Check out our other posts about special circumstances or shoot us an email to!

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