The importance of Family and Marriage


I believe that marriage is ordained of God. It is God’s divine institution. Furthermore, I believe that all good things in society and life stem from strong families. If we are going to fix any of the major problems in this world, the best place to start is by strengthening families across the globe. I would like to share some of my favorite marriage and family quotes with you here:

“Many of us create to do lists to remind us of things we want to accomplish. But people rarely have to be lists. Why? To do’s are activities or events that can be checked off the list when done. To be, however, is never done. You can’t earn checkmarks with to be’s. I can take my wife out for a lovely evening this Friday, which is a to do. But BEING a good husband is not an event; it needs to be part of my nature—my character, or who I am.”

Lynn G. Robbins in his talk “What Manner of Men and Women Ought Ye to Be”

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal life.”

Ezra Taft Benson

“A marriage partnership is not a crutch. You do not marry somebody you think is a little higher than the angels and then lean on him or her. You develop yourself and your own gifts and talents. As each partner develops, you grow together, supporting and strengthening one another.”

Robert D. Hales, We’re With You

“Satan understands that the family is central to the Lord’s plan of happiness. His strategy is to cast shadows of skepticism in your life. He is striving to sow the dark seeds of fear in your heart, anything to keep you from experiencing the most glorious, rewarding part of mortality: the bright holiness and happiness that comes from finding an eternal partner and bringing Heavenly Father’s children into this world.”

Gary E. Stevenson, “Conquering Fear”

“Marriage is God’s finishing school for the godly soul. Marriage is ordained to stretch and refine us. Christ is the great change agent, and His process for change is described by the principles and covenants of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the formula for change, growth, and goodness, the only formula with an ironclad guarantee.”

H. Wallace Goddard, Drawing Heaven into Your Marriage

“Marriage is but the beginning bud of family life; parenthood is its flower. And that bouquet becomes even more beautiful when graced with grandchildren.”

Russell M. Nelson, “Nurturing Marriage”

“The most important work we do in this life is in our homes with our families.”

Jeffrey R. and Patricia T. Holland On Earth as It Is in Heaven

“Our Father knew exactly what He was doing when He created us. He made us enough alike to love each other but enough different that we would need to unite our strengths and stewardships to create a whole. Neither man nor woman is perfect or complete without the other. Thus, no marriage … is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives … work together in unity of purpose, respecting and relying upon each other’s strengths.”

Sheri Dew

“I am satisfied that if we would look for the virtues in one another and not the vices, there would be much more of happiness in the homes of our people. There would be far less of divorce, much less of infidelity, much less of anger and rancor and quarreling. There would be more of forgiveness, more of love, more of peace, more of happiness. This is as the Lord would have it.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

“The home … is the workshop where human characters are built and the manner in which they are formed depends upon the relationship existing between parents and the children. The home cannot be what it should be unless these relationships are of the proper character. Whether they are so or not depends, it is true, upon both parents and children, but much more upon parents. They must do their best.”

Joseph Fielding Smith

“A popular song includes the words, ‘There are angels among us.’ These angels are quite frequently the precious little ones God, our Father, has entrusted to our earthly care. To them may we teach prayer, inspire faith, live truth, and honor God. Then we shall have heavenly homes and forever families.”

Thomas S. Monson

“Let us be more determined to make [righteous] homes, to be kinder husbands, more thoughtful wives, more exemplary to our children, determined that in our homes we are going to have just a little taste of heaven here on this earth.”

David O. McKay

“The evil one knows where to attack. He is going to attack the home. He is going to destroy the family. That’s what he wants to do. … Let us make up our minds he will not do it in our families.”

Spencer W. Kimball

It is my prayer that one or two of these above quotes sparked thoughts inside you that you think will help your marriage and family to weather the inevitable storms of life. When we cling to the Lord and trust Him, our lives won’t be smooth sailing with no problems. Rather, our ability to weather the storms will be strengthened and we will have peace in knowing that the Lord is with us every step of our journey back to Him. No matter what.

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