While studying the second paragraph of The Family: A Proclamation to the World,
—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
I looked up a few scriptures which I felt applied to its teachings.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”
This speaks to the value the Savior puts upon women. They don’t have to become like men. Rubies are the most rare and highly valued gemstones. According to the International Gem Society, “Fine quality rubies are some of the most expensive gems, with record prices over $100,000 per carat.”
“And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.”
God created male and female after his own image. We are divinely created. Our gender is divinely appointed. We are literal offspring of God.
“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!”
I love this explanation of the way Jesus uses woman:
The title may sound harsh and disrespectful to a modern reader; however, its use here by the Savior was likely meant to convey the opposite meaning. One scholar explains, “‘Woman,’ or, rather, ‘Lady,’ is in Greek a title of respect, used even in addressing queens.”
Imagine Christ saying to his mother “My lady, behold thy son.”
Isn’t that beautiful! This is an example of how much Christ loved and cared for his mother. While he was in agony on the cross, the thing he worried about most was that his mother was cared for.