Importance/Purpose of Family

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“Because families are eternal, we cannot afford to be casual or complacent about those relationships…Families mean work, but they are our great work—and we are not afraid of work.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
What Latter-day Saint Women Do Best: Stand Strong and Immovable,” October 2007 General Conference

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“In the eternal scheme of things, the most crucial and fulfilling thing you will do is to build a holy  home and rear a strong family in love.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
Did I Tell You…?” April 2003 General Conference

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“I believe the most important acts of charity are small and simple in nature, eternal in consequence, and are rendered within the walls of our own homes.

“As we try to deal patiently and lovingly every day with fussy babies, challenging teenagers, difficult roommates, less-active spouses, or elderly, disabled parents, we may ask ourselves: ‘Is what I am doing really important? Does it matter or make a difference?’ Dear sisters, what you are doing with your families matters! It matters so very, very much. Daily, each of us learns and relearns at home that charity, the Savior’s pure love, never faileth.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity: One Family, One Home at a Time,” October 2002 General Conference

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“Our families are our highest responsibility as well as our greatest blessing.”

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

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“Families bring us our greatest joys and sometimes our most wrenching heartaches. Families provide a learning environment, a schoolroom from which we never graduate but can always learn. In our families we learn to appreciate the spiritual peace that comes from applying the principles of charity, of patience, sharing, integrity, kindness, generosity, self-control, and service. These are more than family values, sisters; these are the Lord’s way of life.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Relief Society: A Balm in Gilead,” October 1995 General Conference

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“Families are the framework of our lives here and in the eternities.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Relief Society: A Balm in Gilead,” October 1995 General Conference

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