I started college in the Fall of 1996, and enrolled in an Institute of Religion class. I remember one day we got into a discussion that involved the Church’s Proclamation on the Family. At the time, the proclamation was only a year old, and not yet as well known throughout the Church as it is today.
During the discussion, our teacher said something that I’ve never forgotten. He told us that someday, not too long in the future, the Mormons would be the main champions of the family in our society, almost standing alone in defense of that basic social unit.
At the time, I thought that was crazy. What could possibly happen that would turn much of society against not only us, but the universal, traditional family unit? Sure, the nuclear family was already becoming rarer at the time, and what were already being mocked as “family values” were constantly under assault, but to me such things seemed like the sniping of fringe outsiders at an institution they couldn’t ever hope to fundamentally damage.
A mere fourteen years bears witness to tremendous shifts in attitude in America, and my “crazy” Institute teacher seems more prophetic with each passing day.
I don’t know just how hostile the rest of society will get towards those of us who cherish and try to maintain a nuclear family as well as we can, but there is definitely anger out there about it, and I’m grateful to all those, in and out of my faith, who stand together to safeguard those relationships that make families and society exist and work the best that they can.