The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Family Ties

"Do you spend as much time making your family and home successful as you do in pursuing social and professional success? Are you devoting your best creative energy to the most important unit in society—the family? Or is your relationship with your family merely a routine, unrewarding part of life? Parent and child must be willing to put family responsibilities first in order to achieve family exaltation."

Joseph Fielding Smith 
"Message from the First Presidency," 
"Ensign," Jan. 1971

"As people become adults, leave childhood homes, and become involved in immediate families, it is sometimes difficult to keep a close association with brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and other relatives. Yet these are among the very people with whom we hope to be worthy to inherit celestial exaltation. It is important to maintain family ties and associations."

Theodore M. Burton 
"With Whom Will We Share Exaltation?" 
"Ensign," Aug. 1971, 33

"In the Church we have a deep and abiding faith in the sacred nature of family ties and the sanctity of marriage, in the exalted station of women."

Boyd K. Packer 
"The Equal Rights Amendment," 
"Ensign," Mar. 1977, 9

"This great vision [Doctrine & Covenants Section 2] to the Prophet Joseph Smith reestablished the doctrine of eternal family units. The eternal family is central to the gospel of our Savior. There would be no reason for Him to return to earth to rule and reign over His kingdom unless the eternal family unit has been established for our Father in Heaven’s children. When we understand the eternal role of the family, the nourishing and developing of strong family ties take on even greater significance."

L. Tom Perry 
"Youth of the Noble Birthright" 
"Ensign," Nov. 1998, 74

"Marriage—especially temple marriage—and family ties involve covenant relationships. They cannot be regarded casually. With divorce rates escalating throughout the world today, it is apparent that many spouses are failing to endure to the end of their commitments to each other. And some temple marriages fail because a husband forgets that his highest and most important priesthood duty is to honor and sustain his wife. The best thing that a father can do for his children is to 'love their mother.'"

Russell M. Nelson 
"Endure and Be Lifted Up," 
"Ensign," May 1997, 71

"As we learn to be loving, caring families in mortality, our hearts will naturally turn to members of our kindred family in the spirit world. As they continue to live beyond the veil, they wait—they wait for us, their family, to share the blessings of the ordinances of the priesthood. They yearn to belong to the eternal family circle. They are anxious for us to make this possible. Are we not compelled to do so?" - J. Richard Clarke, "Our Kindred Family—Expression of Eternal Love," Ensign, May 1989, 61

"Truly the Lord has turned the hearts of the children to their parents, and the hearts of our forefathers who are dead have been turned to us. I believe that they are near us, and that they are trying their best to influence us to do that which will open the prison doors, and give them a chance to enter into a broader life and grander work which will prepare us and them for greater happiness in the life to come; this is the greater love that is moving the living and the dead.
" - German E. Ellsworth, "Conference Report," April 1914, Outdoor Meeting, p.83

“In today’s world, where Satan’s aggression against the family is so prevalent, parents must do all they can to fortify and defend their families. But their efforts may not be enough. Our most basic institution of family desperately needs help and support from the extended family and the public institutions that surround us. Brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins can make a powerful difference in the lives of children. Remember that the expression of love and encouragement from an extended family member will often provide the right influence and help a child at a critical time.” – M. Russell Ballard, “What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest,” CR October 2005

So I would say to all of you here this morning, I hope you could develop a strong feeling in your own families—and with you personally—about not wanting to become a weak link in the chain of your family and of your ancestors. I encourage you also to be a strong link for your posterity. Do not be the weak link. Wouldn’t that be a terrible thing to do? To think of that long chain and of all that work that needs to be done in the saving of souls and of the precious work that needs to be done, wouldn’t it be sad if you were the one who was the weak link that caused your descendants not to be able to be part of that strong linkage. - David B. Haight, "Be a Strong Link," Ensign (CR) November 2000

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