Many years ago, in fact 900 years before the birth of Jesus the Christ, there was an injunction given to the Prophet Elijah in Malachi 4:5-6, namely "To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse."
In solemn and silent prayer, the Prophet Joseph Smith received a similar vision, which he conveyed to his fellow-bother Oliver Cowdrey, on 3rd April 1836 at the temple in Kirtland, Ohio. (Doctrines and Covenants, Section 110).
This, to me, seems a very valid injunction for today's times, for the betterment of families and society as a whole.
A few days ago I was reading some other subject, and I read somewhere that in the 1860s and 1880s, people in the U.S. earned $50,000 per annum, but some of them were so addicted to drinking, even out of such good earning their families were still poor. It must have been an abundant blessing for many people to join the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter Day Saints, which does not permit the taking of caffeine or alcohol.
It is to God's glory and the wholesome grospel that this church continues to grow, with 119 temples accross the world recently, and more planned for the future, and growing congregations. The Mormon church is a happy, family church, encouraging fellowship and values that serve the family well in their spiritual and temporal life.
Heavenly Father, I ask for your blessings upon us all, forgiving those who have trespassed against us as we forgive them likewise, and asking for Thy abundant blessings of good health, peace, and ample provision of everyday needs. All these wholesome gifts I ask in the name of Thy Son, Jesus the Christ.
(written by Durudarshan
Melchizedek Priest, LDS, Ilford)