It's important to understand the importance of roles in the family. Each member of the family holds at least one. We usually assign the provider as the father. The resource manager as the mother and also the peace keeper. A child holds roles also. I was pondering about the different types of roles each of the family members contribute. I think that each one of us could hold all the same roles, but each of us was blessed with the role that would work the best in the family.
"Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose... Marriage between man and wife is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity." The Family: A Proclamation to the World
The world is changing rapidly. Media has put a heavy focus on homosexuality. The world views it as normal, acceptable and I would say glamorous. We have been counseled from the Brethren that this act of living is a grievous sin. President Hinckley says, "We want to help these people, to strengthen them, to assist them with their problems and to help them with their difficulties. But we cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity, if they try to uphold and defend and live in a so-called same sex situation. To permit such would make light of a very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, rearing of families."
Satan is working so hard at tearing families. We know that. We've seen it happen. Let him not come inside our homes, families, hearts, minds, and thoughts. He will do whatever it takes. "Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God." (D&C 121:45) Gender is essential to the Plan. Marriage is essential. Bringing children into this life within the bonds of matrimony is essential. Homosexuality disrupts the Plan; Satan disrupts.
Head the counsel from the Brethren.
"Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God." (D&C 121:45)