Our stake president has encouraged every family to memorize The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Reed and I started right away in our family home evening yesterday and so far we've got the 9th paragraph down. We decided to work our way backwards through the document so we can look forward to knowing the end :) To help us out, I composed a melody for the paragraph and we sang it over and over. It's not the greatest melody since it's hard for me to compose for something that doesn't rhyme. But I figured since somebody could do it for the Articles of Faith, I could do it for this. I'm going to try to create a melody for each paragraph and maybe, if I'm not too embarrassed, I'll post some videos of us singing them.
For anybody else who thinks memorizing the proclamation is a great idea, sugardoodle.net has a great coloring book for kiddies. It includes all the words, which was important to me, but has pictures to help with the understanding. Lara has already memorized parts of the 9th paragraph with us and I have high hopes that she can memorize all of the proclamation by the end of the year. Hey, she has several of the Articles of Faith memorized through song, I know she can do this! Vivi is entranced when we sing together and I know that she will at least pick up on the spirit of what we're trying to do.
I was reminded by a conversation I overheard yesterday that the family unit is indeed under attack. I know that by memorizing this inspired piece of scripture we will be a stronger family for it and, hopefully, be able to show that to others.