I mentioned in class that my family has established a sort of mission statement. While we haven't written it out, we have created a "family flag" to help us remember where we want to go together. The flag bears our name (in kanji) and a symbol that represents each member of the family. On the left is a representation of the Tree of Life, for Christ, and on the right is an image of the Ogden, Utah Temple, for our forever family.
The flag goes up on family holidays such as birthdays, Fathers Day, and Thanksgiving. The flag raising ceremony is as follows: The flag is hung, outside or in the living room, as the weather dictates. Next, we recite our family scripture, 2 Nephi 25:26
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
Afterwards, we sing our family song, "Families Can Be Together Forever."
My parents started this tradition, intending the frequent reminders of our goal to inspire and strengthen us in our love for each other and for the Lord. The design and composition of the flag was a group effort, involving the kids as well as our parents, and we all remind each other when "we need to get out the flag." I see this tradition, intentionally instituted in our family, as one of the most tangible and symbolic results of great, divine-centered leadership in my home.