Elder Russell M. Nelson Addresses International Conference on Families

by | Aug. 13, 2009

Official Church Info

While speaking at an international conference on families in Amsterdam on Wednesday, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emphasized the importance of children and families to the world's future.

“Future happiness and even the future of nations is linked to children. Families with children need to be re-enthroned as the fundamental unit of society. We simply must value children more than we do.”

The World Congress of Families is an international network of national, ethnic, cultural and religious communities that defend, affirm and promote the vital role of the family in society. World Congress V convened over a three-day period.

The Church has long advocated strong families and in 1995 issued “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” which states in part: “The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.”

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