Unique among Christian Churches, the Mormon Church accepts and celebrates the doctrine of continuing revelation. In Mormon beliefs, God still speaks to us through prophets. Since the foundation of the Church by its first prophet, Joseph Smith, the Church has always been led by prophets.
Mormon prophets have always had a great deal to say about the family. Mormons see the family as not only the basic unit of society, but the basic unit of God’s kingdom. The family is of paramount earthly and eternal importance.
Following are a number of talks that Mormon prophets and apostles (who also have prophetic authority) have given on the family. Regardless of your faith, you may find them useful and enlightening in your own life.
Words of the Prophet:
Love at Home
President Gordon B. Hinckley
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12). It is an unusual statement. It is different from all of the other commandments. (Read more)
What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest
Elder M. Russell Ballard
In the routine of life, we often take our families—our parents and children and siblings—for granted. But in times of danger and need and change, there is no question that what we care about most is our families! (Read more)
Our Sacred Duty
Elder Robert D. Hales
Strengthening families is our sacred duty as parents, children, extended family members, leaders, teachers, and individual members of the Church. The importance of spiritually strengthening families is taught clearly in the scriptures. (Read more)
“Therefore I Was Taught”
By President Spencer W. Kimball
The Lord has inspired his Church to place great emphasis on building family unity and faith in God. . . . Such love will successfully withstand the heavy onslaughts of Satan’s efforts in these last days. (Read more)
“Take Especial Care of Your Family”
By Elder Neal A. Maxwell
During the last days, when “all things shall be in commotion” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:91), the restored gospel of Jesus Christ provides so many essential things, including precious perspective of seeing “things as they really are” (Jacob 4:13) (Read more)