"Success in family life calls for parents who take time to enjoy their children; who read with them; who play with them; who let them participate in planning special occasions, seeking to make wholesome family traditions a proud part of family life."
"Successful Parenthood - A Noteworthy Accomplishment"
General Conference, April 1972
"To become a joint heir of the heirship of the Son, one must put away all his false traditions."
"Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p.321
"We learn from ancient Israel that there is a place for commemorative events. Let us build in our families, communities, and nations, traditions of a lasting nature that will consistently remind us of the Lord's eternal truths and of our forebears who preserved them for our day."
"A Meaningful Celebration"
General Conference, October 1987
"Your Heavenly Father assigned you to be born into a specific lineage from which you received your inheritance of race, culture, and traditions. That lineage can provide a rich heritage and great reasons to rejoice. Yet you have the responsibility to determine if there is any part of that heritage that must be discarded because it works against the Lord's plan of happiness."
"Removing Barriers to Happiness"
General Conference, April 1998
"On occasion through the years I have enjoyed the blessing of asking large groups of adult leaders to meditate for a moment on their conclusion to an unfinished sentence, and then share their thoughts. The sentence reads: 'The thing I remember best about my childhood at home with my parents and family is _____________.' I suspect your answers would be about the same as those that I have heard. Never once has anyone mentioned a high standard of living, or material possessions. Always they have spoken, as I would speak, of attention from mom or dad; of family associations, traditions, sacrifices, adventures together; of books read aloud, songs sung, work accomplished; of family prayers and family councils; of small presents lovingly and unselfishly prepared; of homey and wholesome and happy memories. My single question to them has always been, and I ask it today, 'What are we giving our own children that they will remember with equal joy and appreciation?'"
General Conference, October 1968
"A recurrent theme throughout the Book of Mormon is the constraining influence of the false 'tradition of their fathers' passed down from Laman and Lemuel through subsequent generations (see Mosiah 10:11-12; Alma 37:9; Alma 60:32; Hel. 5:51; Hel. 15:4; Hel. 16:18-20). Tradition can be a double-edged sword. When based upon the perpetuation of righteous principles, tradition can become a marvelous support system in helping us employ our moral agency wisely. On the other hand, many traditions find their origins in the false pride and foibles of mankind. In modern-day revelation, the Lord has taught: 'Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning.... [But] that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers' (D&C 93:38-39; emphasis added)." - Spencer J. Condie, "Agency: The Gift of Choices," Ensign, September 1995, p. 21
"I would invite all of us to take a moment to reflect on the traditions in our lives and how they might be affecting our families. Our traditions of Sabbath day observance, family prayer, family scripture study, service and activity in the Church, as well as patterns of respect and loyalty in the home, will have a great effect on our children and on their future. If our parenting is based on the teachings of the scriptures and of the latter-day prophets, we cannot go wrong. If every time there is a challenge our hearts turn first and always to our Father in Heaven for direction, we will be in a safe place. If our children know where we stand and we always stand on the Lord’s side, we know we are where we need to be." - Cheryl C. Lant, "Righteous Traditions," General Conference, April 2008
“Of traditions which are complementary to the gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul admonished the Thessalonians, ‘Therefore, … stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught’ (2 Thes. 2:15). In the Church, powerful traditions remind us of the strength and sacrifice of our ancestors and inspire our efforts. Among them are industry, frugality, and complete devotion to a righteous cause. Others are based on doctrine and standards which may seem peculiar to the world but are consistent with God's pattern. These include chaste behavior, modesty of dress, unpolluted language, Sabbath observance, adherence to the Word of Wisdom, and the payment of tithes.” - Donald L. Hallstrom, “Cultivate Righteous Traditions,” Ensign (CR), November 2000, p. 27
I believe that starting a tradition of telling the stories of Jesus to our children and families is a very special way to keep the Sabbath day holy in our homes. - Claudio R. M. Costa, “That They Do Always Remember Him,” Ensign (CR) November 2015
On every continent and across isles of the sea, the faithful are being gathered into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Differences in cultural background, language, gender, and facial features fade into insignificance as members lose themselves in service to their beloved Savior. Paul's declaration is being fulfilled: "As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” - Russell M. Nelson, "Teach Us Tolerance and Love," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p.69
How should we determine what our traditions will be? The scriptures give us a great pattern. In Mosiah 5:15 it states, "Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works.” - Cheryl C. Lant, "Righteous Traditions,” Ensign, (CR) April 2008
We build the kingdom when we nurture others. However, the first child of God we must build up in the restored gospel is ourselves. Emma Smith said, “I desire the Spirit of God to know and understand myself, that I might be able to overcome whatever of tradition or nature that would not tend to my exaltation.” We must develop bedrock faith in the Savior’s gospel and move forward, empowered by temple covenants, toward exaltation. - Neill F. Marriott, “What Shall We Do?” Ensign (CR) May 2016
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