13695

Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith Lesson 4: Strengthening and Preserving the Family

13695

Get the full lesson "Strengthening and Preserving the Family" from the Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith at LDS.org.

Note: As the Church has said, the manual has been prepared as the primary source of lesson material. These supplements, from general conference addresses, are meant only as a complement to your study on this lesson’s topic.

Supplement is from Elder Robert D. Hales's  talk, "Strengthening Families: Our Sacred Duty" from the April 1999 general conference:

The First Presidency taught that by teaching and rearing children in gospel principles, parents can protect their families from corrosive elements. They further counseled parents and children “to give highest priority to family prayer, family home evening, gospel study and instruction, and wholesome family activities. However worthy and appropriate other demands or activities may be, they must not be permitted to displace the divinely-appointed duties that only parents and families can adequately perform” (First Presidency letter, 11 Feb. 1999; cited in Church News, 27 Feb. 1999, 3).

With the help of the Lord and His doctrine, all the hurtful effects from challenges a family may meet can be understood and overcome. Whatever the needs of family members may be, we can strengthen our families as we follow the counsel given by prophets.

The key to strengthening our families is having the Spirit of the Lord come into our homes. The goal of our families is to be on the strait and narrow path.

Read the full talk, "Strengthening Families: Our Sacred Duty" by Elder Robert D. Hales.

Comments and feedback can be sent to feedback@ldsliving.com