Elder Bruce D. Porter: The importance of the family

Marriage and families are at the heart of mortal life, Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy said during the "Stand for the Family" conference held at BYU March 5. If the family breaks down, so does everything else, he said.

"In families more than anywhere else, children learn the values, the practical life skills, the habits, manners, moral strength and tenacity that enable them to rise up and be successful in the world," he said. "They learn the all-important attributes of love, unselfishness, compromise, caring, giving and hard work that some day will be essential for them to form families of their own."

In his remarks, Elder Porter spoke of the importance of children, the eternal family and some of the issues of society threatening the family today.

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