“Family councils can be a place of unity, loyalty, and loving support and have always been needed. The Lord has provided the council system to strengthen, protect, safeguard, and nurture our most precious relationships. The family council can provide a time during which family members can learn to understand and love one another. A simple record of these councils—kept in a book like this—may become a precious family history document in the years to come.”
Inspired by Elder M. Russell Ballard’s counsel for families to conduct regular family councils, this journal can be a helpful tool in making note of items discussed, keeping track of “next steps” and assignments, or simply recording humorous or sweet moments you’ll want to remember.
Included is an introduction by Elder Ballard outlining different types and formats for family councils as well as possible discussion topics, a list of suggestions for using the journal, guided journal pages with space for meeting minutes, and extra lined pages for additional notes.
Interspersed with inspirational quotes from Elder Ballard on the importance of families and family councils, this is the perfect gift to keep families motivated.
About the author:
Elder M. Russell Ballard was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1985. Prior to that, he served in the first Quorum of the Seventy and in the presidency of that quorum. A successful businessman, he has engaged in various enterprises, including automotive, real estate, and investments. He has also served as a bishop twice and as president of the Canada Toronto Mission. Elder Ballard and his wife, Barbara Bowen Ballard, are the parents of seven children and grandparents of forty-three.
In Cassie’s opinion:
This book is a great idea to start 2017. I am excited to use this record-keeping journal for our family councils. Not only is this book to use to better organize our councils it has a page that gives reminders and suggestions for family council and making it more successful. I feel this will be another way of getting everyone involved in being in charge, taking notes and communicating as a family. I also appreciate how they used M. Russell Ballard’s talk from General Conference on Family Council and the different types of council we should be using in our home.
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