"We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." - Articles of Faith, number 1
Since God is our Father then everyone else is a brother or a sister, and we're a huge family. Right? As a young dad trying to manage a small family of four, along with Jess, I can't even imagine what it must be like trying to manage such a large family.
Jess and I were talking about this the other night, and I surmised that a family can only successfully scale to that order of magnitude with some very good and effective family rules in place. There would have to be strong family traditions to hold the group together. The parents would have to stick to those rules perfectly so as to be utterly predictable. They'd also have to do a lot to make sure those family rules were known and understood by the kids, so they could both know how to predict correctly what mom and dad would do and know how they should act to find joy in the family.
Well, the revelation of those rules is essentially the gospel. Here are two great modern-day scriptures that relate to this:
Moses 5: 58-59
58 And thus the Gospel began to be preached, from the beginning, being declared by holy angels sent forth from the presence of God, and by his own voice, and by the gift of the Holy Ghost.
59 And thus all things were confirmed unto Adam, by an holy ordinance, and the Gospel preached, and a decree sent forth, that it should be in the world, until the end thereof; and thus it was. Amen.
Doctrine and Covenants 29: 42-43
42 But, behold, I say unto you that I, the Lord God, gave unto Adam and unto his seed, that they should not die as to the temporal death, until I, the Lord God, should send forth angels to declare unto them repentance and redemption, through faith on the name of mine Only Begotten Son.
43 And thus did I, the Lord God, appoint unto man the days of his probation -- that by his natural death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would believe;
Well, this is just a thought i've been having lately, again as a young dad who does a lot of explaining family rules to a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. If these angels would have presented the gospel in terms of family rules, what would those rules have been? What are the things that our Heavenly Father values?
I asked Jess this question te other night as we were going to bed. It was a neat conversation. We came up with a few things right off the bat, but I'm sure you might have some additional ideas. Please share them in the comments!