Yeah sure, your friends might seem cooler and more fun, but as time has progressed, I find myself wanting to spend time with my family instead. They used to seem so dorky and weird.
Personally, I think family (parents especially) have lots to offer since they’re so spiritually invested in you. For one thing, they buy you food (but not gas in my case) and another, they are older and have more wisdom than people your age. The love parents have for their children is like a mini version of the love God has for you; that’s a lot of love. Your parents will only give you advice and information they know to be true. Even if you feel like they’re indifferent to you, trust me, they’re not going to undermine your life. Think of how much you love your family; they love you even more than that. And, parents: your teenagers secretly are over the moon for you, I suspect. Perhaps they just stay cooped up in their rooms so you can’t tell them to do any chores.
On a more spiritual note, God has paired families together by divine design. The people in your family are each meant to be there, no matter the circumstances. This can be hard to understand if you have a family member you don’t necessarily get along with. “Why would God let us be siblings if all we ever do is fight?” you could ask.
We were never meant to have a perfect and easy family life. No one is. But the more challenges a family can conquer with unity, the more tightly knit and happy they will be. For example, my family just conquered Disneyland. This may sound perfect and easy, but dragging a pair of 20 year-old boys with disabilities through massive crowds as one screams and cries and the other won’t stop pestering you with questions, that’s a bit of a challenge. Of course then we’re on the ride and it’s all fun again until one of them discovers that the ride is scary and the screams start up again.
Obviously, that’s most certainly not the hardest thing a family can go through. Many families, especially those who don’t have the gospel to bind them together, undergo serious damage and at times miraculously come out stronger. Other times they don’t.
Being a family means coming together and enjoying life as a special unit of people. Here are some ideas of what you can do with your family that will create memories to last longer than temporary relationships will:
Going to the movies,
Going on walks around the neighborhood,
Biking (preferably on a mountain),
Exploring new places to eat or visit downtown,
Visiting the temple,
Swimming in a pool or river,
Just enjoying time together in peace (or chaos depending on how old your siblings are).
Comment below on your favorite memories or things to do with your family!