Diversity of Families

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“It is the responsibility and blessing of each of us to strengthen our families and homes. Each of us is in a different family situation. Some families have a mother and father with children at home. Some couples no longer have children at home. Many members of the Church are single, and some are single parents. Others are widows or widowers living alone.

“No matter what our family looks like, each of us can work to strengthen our own families or help in strengthening others.”

Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
His Arm Is Sufficient,” April 2009 General Conference

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“It’s important for us to realize that there is no one way that a righteous family looks. Some righteous families have two parents; but sometimes, through death or divorce, there is only one. Some righteous families have many children, and other families, at least for the moment, have none. Most members are single for part of their lives, but Elder Marvin J. Ashton taught us that ‘God and one are a family.’ In some righteous families only the father works outside the home, and other times, both adults must work. So, though we may differ, what righteous families have in common are the covenants that they hold sacred.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Blessing Our Families through Our Covenants,” October 2002 General Conference

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“We all come from many different kinds of families. Some of you are doing hard things, and you are doing them so very well. Some of you may worry about your relationships with your mother or father as you learn together how to live in families. You are learning that sometimes the Savior calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms you.”

Carol B. Thomas, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Understanding Our True Identity,” April 1998 General Conference

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“Every family, whether struggling with problems that seem perennial or whether blessed by ideal circumstances, is a valuable, cherished, and beloved family.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
A Living Network,” October 1995 General Conference

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“In homes large and small, rural and urban, Latter-day Saint women make a difference. In every type of family, women comfort hearts and renew dedication. We share wisdom and knowledge. We encourage and teach our family members.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Charity Never Faileth,” April 1992 General Conference

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“We will build the kingdom of God—one person and one home at a time. Married, single, older, younger, mothering, or childless, we are going to prove that Eliza R. Snow, an early and inspired Relief Society leader, was right: ‘There is no sister so isolated, and her sphere so narrow but what she can do a great deal towards establishing the Kingdom of God upon the earth.’ We will build the kingdom of God by lighting our homes with faith, whether we live alone or with a house full of family.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Look Up and Press On,” April 1992 General Conference

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