It is my prayer that each of us can be intentional in the way we use our time and energy. Making sure that time is spent on the “vital few” activities rather than the “trivial many” will bring happiness and peace not only in this life but in the life to come.
More than something that that dude in the Third Ward or your great aunt does, genealogical consciousness is a way of being, a way of thinking about your place within and responsibility to the generations surrounding you.
Every time we go to the temple, the ordinances reorient us to the natural order of the universe, including the natural order of marriage. Like the ancient mariner, we look to the heavens to get our bearings—and we do that through the temple.
As we move into a secular age, we cannot overlook the importance of government's moral purposes, which include the protection of life and family.
We have been given much; therefore we must give of ourselves and incorporate and strengthen faith, family, and friendships. Doing so can ensure happiness and peace in this life and help us begin to understand, in part, what life will be like in our heavenly home.
I love the Book of Mormon! I first read it from cover to cover the summer I turned 13. There was a lot I didn’t understand, but I remember distinctly that I did not enjoy the descriptions about the wars. Since then I have read the book many times. Usually I have skimmed the parts about the wars, especially the lengthy section in the last 20 chapters of Alma. I…
It is a great honor to speak to you today. I have known this overwhelming task was coming my way for the last year or so. The Spirit has whispered it to me. And I, well, I have tried to ignore those feelings. It seemed too important a task to fall to me, so I tried to push the thought aside. But it returned from time to time and I…
In today's world, marriage and the choice to raise children require increasing faith - but the blessings, mortal and eternal, of families are well worth it.
After losing a home and all their possessions—twice—this family learned that as long as you have family, good friends, and the gospel, you have everything.
We can navigate a changing world by laying hold on "every good thing:" eternal family, personal purity, and learning by study and faith.
Life is a great chain of generations that we in the Church believe must be linked together. Never permit yourself to become a weak link in the chain.
Throughout history, stable societies have recognized (and protected) the family as the basic unit of society precisely because the family is the social unit that has the primary responsibility for rearing and educating children. The family has successfully performed these fundamental tasks, in large part, because peaceful existence within a secure family demands that family members recognize (and respect) not just “rights” but communal responsibilities. During the latter half of…
My address today is related to the topic of strengthening marriages and families. It’s a topic I’m generally comfortable with. But I’m not comfortable—and not just because I feel inadequate to address this audience. Family has been a popular topic for speeches on this campus recently. Both President Bateman and Elder Eyring have recently addressed us on the topic of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (Ensign, November 1995, p.…
Nothing can be more important to teach our children than love. We must exemplify love in our family relationships and teach them about the love of God.
When we know that the marriage and family have eternal purposes, we are more motivated to follow God's commandments and those relationships with care.
The Family: A Proclamation to the World declares the importance of family in our journey to, and enjoyment of, eternal life.
May I introduce my remarks today with two questions: (1) what is your relationship with your parents, and (2), for those of you who are married, what is your relationship with your companion and your children? Now, think seriously about these questions for a moment. Are you comfortable with your thoughts and feelings? Does pride and joy start to swell within your heart? Or is there a tinge of resentment…
As we choose to follow the Savior, and have no confidence in the contrary messages of the world, we will understand our great potential in His eternal plan.
It is each of our responsibility to preserve generational testimony by teaching truth to our children and strengthening our families.
Eternal families are the greatest goal of the gospel. It is your responsibility to fulfill Malachi's promise and turn hearts to their roots and branches.
As we honor our parents through righteous and respectful living, we feel of their love and receive many blessings from following their counsel.
Home storage is more than food storage or financial preparedness. Your spirituality and family relationships are all the home storage you can take with you.
Social anthropologists study people in those parts of the world that have not yet experienced the full consequence of the industrial revolution. These people still derive a large part of their living from the food they grow themselves, from the animals they herd, or from their hunting and gathering activities. They expect the place where they were born to be their permanent home, and they rely on the cooperation of…
Breakdown in communities cannot be solved without addressing the breakdown of the family. The message of the prophets is to look homeward.
Joseph Fielding Smith is given an award celebrating his work in genealogy. He speaks about the central role of the sealing power in our quest for salvation.
The best way to honor your parents is to always keep yourself pure and honorable so that they don't have to worry about you.
An eternal home is one where eternal covenants are made and kept. Strive for a temple marriage, and treasure your spouse and children.
The happiest and healthiest families have the principle of mutuality; parents and children help one another in a balance of work, teaching, and good fun.
Elder Richards admonishes young members of the Church to make decisions now that will help them create a united Latter-day Saint home.
As parents, teachers, and leaders, let us teach our children and our congregations to be reverent during sacred meetings and ordinances.