Tuesday, March 24, 2009


George Bernard Shaw said, "Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family." I would leave off the "perhaps." As concluded by Ariel and Will Durant, "The family is the nucleus of civilization." The only human organization that persists through eternity is the family. No matter what your worldly achievements, as President David O. McKay, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home."

“Individual progression is fostered in the family, which is ‘central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.’ (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Liahona, Oct. 2004, 49; Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). The home is to be God’s laboratory of love and service. There a husband is to love his wife, a wife is to love her husband, and parents and children are to love one another.” Russell M. Nelson, “Salvation and Exaltation,” Ensign, May 2008, 8

"We live in a world that is filled with options. If we are not careful, we will find every minute jammed with social events, classes, exercise time, book clubs, scrapbooking, Church callings, music, sports, the Internet, and our favorite TV shows. One mother told me of a time that her children had 29 scheduled commitments every week: music lessons, scouts, dance, Little League, day camps, soccer, art, and so forth. She felt like a taxi driver. Finally, she called a family meeting and announced, 'Something has to go; we have no time to ourselves and no time for each other.' Families need unstructured time when relationships can deepen and real parenting can take place. Take time to listen, to laugh, and to play together." M. Russell Ballard, "Daughters of God," Ensign, May 2008, 109-110

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