Elder Porter stresses importance of marriage, family

by | Mar. 08, 2010

What We Believe

Marriage and families are at the heart of mortal life, Elder Bruce D. Porter of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Seventy said during the Stand for the Family conference held at BYU Friday. 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.

"Those who defend the traditional family -- to stand for fidelity and chastity and all that was once considered wholesome and praiseworthy -- are mocked and ridiculed," he said. "On the other hand, those who see no issue with fatherless homes, abortion and pornography and who redefine the essence of what a family is are praised as tolerant. Truly the world has turned upside down."

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