The next day I turned 19 years old, and to be honest, the news of the recent proclamation didn't strike me as particularly earth-shattering. For one thing, since it was first read to the Relief Society, I wasn't present. When I finally did catch wind of it, I was probably too busy thinking about girls, basketball, and my freshman year classes to pay very close attention its message. Furthermore, the information probably sounded repetitive and close enough to common sense so as not to merit more than a cursory notice.
Little did I know at the time that the message of the proclamation was not only prophetic, but revolutionary in more ways than one. The following lines from the proclamation are just one example to consider:
"By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners."
Tells me I've a mother there.
When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on hight?
Then, at length, when I've completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you."