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The importance of Family: A Key principle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that families are important—so important that family sits at the center of Church life. A family influences the happiness and well-being of its members, impacts the society around them, and continues to have significance even after death.

The Purpose of the Family

The purpose of family is to create a safe, stable, and loving environment where a husband and wife can support and strengthen each another and where children can learn, grow, and develop. Often a family shares the same sense of purpose. Family life is perhaps most significant on children. It is in the home that children learn to love others, show compassion, build trust, and express loyalty.

The family is also a crucial building block of society. Strong marriages and families help maintain a prosperous society as they contribute hard-working and well-educated individuals.

Raising a Strong Family

Having strong families requires effort, both from parents and kids. Fathers and mothers must work together closely to raise their children. They should act as equal partners while fulfilling the many different roles that come with parenthood. The success of a family depends on the equal partnership between a father and mother.

“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” is a statement issued by Church leaders that defines what Church members believe about marriage and family. It says that “successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that strong families are founded on the teachings and example of Jesus. Other things, such as exotic vacations, big homes, and money do not make a family happy or strong. Solid, happy families result when family members treat each other with the kind of love and respect that Jesus showed.

Families Are Forever

A family’s importance extends beyond mortal life. Church members highly value the promise that families can be together forever.

Family structure began with God. God is your Heavenly Father, and you are His child. You live with your family now, and members of the Church believe that even after you and your family members pass on, you will live together again in heaven.

This is possible through God’s power and through eternal marriages performed in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Unlike civil marriages performed in churches and courthouses, Church members believe that temple marriages seal together a husband, a wife, and their children. Eternal covenants with God allow families to be together forever—both during and after mortal life.

Family History

Because Church members believe that families are forever, they seek to identify generations of relatives through family history work. By discovering where your family came from, who your ancestors were, and what motivated them, you learn about your core family values, and you build a bridge connecting you to your ancestors.