Why Mormons Believe Families are Important

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, believe families are the foundation of society and an eternal sacred unit.  It is a stark contrast to today’s generally accepted “anything goes” philosophy of family values. Currently, the disintegration of the family is rampant in society, while Mormons believe the family is fundamental to a civil, functioning society. “*Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another…”  

The arguments to not marry and have a family can be expressed in many ways, stating such challenges like the cost of living, or a loss of freedom, insufficient income, or possessing other priorities.  On the other hand, Mormons believe that “*The Family is ordained of God.  Marriage between man and woman is essential to His (God’s) eternal plan.”  Family and those sacred relationships come first in this life because Mormons believe relationships can last beyond the grave.  Another believed principle is that happiness on earth comes from being in a family governed by righteous principles and where love abounds.  Such righteous principles are faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities.

One LDS family explains their views.  Richard Ho, the father, said the family provides a support system for each individual member of the family.  He believes that each family member has his own weaknesses and strengths, so they support one other.  They are then able to extend help to those in need.  He said the family provides the spiritual environment for the gospel to be taught and learned together, and for the family to learn to live together in peace and harmony.

Sister Min Lian Ho, the mother, said that doing things together strengthens their family bonds.  The couple supports each other, and the children can count on them.  She often helps others, and encourages her children to get involved so they learn the principles and joy that comes from service.  She gave up a career to devote herself to raising her children and said it is the wisest choice she has ever made.  Their two children, Victoria and Samuel, said they feel safe within their family. They know their parents love them.  Besides God, family members can rely upon each other.

In order to provide this positive family environment regardless of one’s family structure, the teachings of the Church focus on helping the family navigate through life while strengthening the family as the fundamental unit of society. Lessons and activities, scripture study and teaching, singing and praying promote strategies to help family members.  Skills are taught and righteous principles are encouraged. 

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