Strengthening Families

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“Families are the Lord’s workshop on earth to help us learn and live the gospel. We come into our families with a sacred duty to help strengthen each other spiritually.

“Strong eternal families and Spirit-filled homes do not just happen. They take great effort, they take time, and they take each member of the family doing his or her part. Every home is different, but every home where even one individual seeks for truth can make a difference.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth,” April 2015 General Conference

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“Faithful parents are entitled to know how to best teach to meet the needs of their children. As parents seek and act on personal revelation, counsel together, minister and teach the simple principles of the gospel, they will have power to strengthen and protect their families.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
The Power, Joy, and Love of Covenant Keeping,” October 2013 General Conference

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“Living the gospel in your home will also add oil to your lamp and weave spiritual strength into your home now and bless your family in countless ways…Decide now to do all you can to fill your lamps, that your strong testimony and example may be woven into the lives of many generations—past, present, and future.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
When You Save a Girl, You Save Generations,” April 2013 General Conference

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“How can we expect to strengthen families or help others unless we first have written in our own hearts a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ and His infinite Atonement?”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in Our Hearts?” October 2012 General Conference

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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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“As you stand as a witness in your home, you will strengthen your family. Too often we think the phrase of the Young Women theme ‘to strengthen home and family’ applies only to the future responsibilities of young women as wives and mothers, but it also applies to their responsibilities as daughters and sisters in their homes here and now.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
Stand As a Witness,” April 2008 General Conference

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“The greatest help we will have in strengthening families is to know and follow the doctrines of Christ and rely on Him to help us.”

Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
I Will Strengthen Thee; I Will Help Thee,” October 2007 General Conference

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“All families need strengthening, from the ideal to the most troubled. That strengthening can come from you. In fact, in some families you may be the only source of spiritual strength. The Lord is depending on you to bring the blessings of the gospel to your family.

“It is important to establish patterns of righteousness in your own life, which will enable you to set a good example for your family, whatever form your family may take.”

Mary N. Cook, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Strengthen Home and Family,” October 2007 General Conference

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“You young women are preparing now to strengthen your future homes and families by bringing the light of the gospel into your current homes and families. Small, seemingly insignificant things you do can make a big difference.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
I Am the Light Which Ye Shall Hold Up,” April 2006 General Conference

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“The divinely inspired programs of the Church and those called to minister to our children can help us. My husband and I are grateful for bishops, priesthood and auxiliary leaders, and home and visiting teachers who helped strengthen our family. Whether we have children in our own home or not, each of us can play an important part in assisting parents.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
A Voice of Gladness for Our Children,” October 2002 General Conference

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“As you help strengthen your family, prayer must be a consistent, daily part of your life. Prayer will protect you from the adversary, give you peace, and help your families love each other more.”

Carol B. Thomas, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Strengthen Home and Family,” April 2002 General Conference

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“Whatever your family circumstances, I believe the strength we need can always be there because it comes from the Savior and his love.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Strength in the Savior,” October 1993 General Conference

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“I want to talk about building stronger families by building a stronger you—strong in your faith of the Savior. That’s where strong families come from—from strong individuals.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Strength in the Savior,” October 1993 General Conference

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“My beloved sisters, my message to you this hour is one of love and encouragement, that we, as women, can demonstrate our love of the Lord through fulfilling our God-given responsibility to ‘feed his lambs’ by bringing souls unto him and by strengthening the family both here and hereafter.”

Joanne B. Doxey, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Strengthening the Family,” October 1987 General Conference

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“With the help of the Lord, families will be given strength to do what they must do—working together, using every skill to organize and to be provident, in order that they might accomplish the goals they have set. Young children respond readily to real need and can work together with their parent or parents to achieve family success.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Her Children Arise Up, and Call Her Blessed,” April 1982 General Conference

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“Individuals and families are strengthened as we help each other grow in the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Elaine A. Cannon, Young Women General Presidency
Agency and Accountability,” April 1982 General Conference

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“My dear brothers and sisters: The basic principles of welfare—love, consecration, work, service, stewardship or accountability, and self-reliance—are not only important to us as individuals working out our own salvation, but if applied in our homes, can strengthen our marriages and our families.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
A Safe Place for Marriages and Families,” October 1981 General Conference

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