Sunday, April 1, 2012

Family: The Ultimate Cure

As I listened to the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this weekend, I was struck by a bold pronouncement by Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and a modern day Apostle. He spoke in the Sunday afternoon (closing) session of the conference. I perked up my ears when I realized his subject matter was something I had been thinking about lately. This is a quote from the church website, giving an overview of his talk.

Much of the world has lost its way, particularly in regard to the values and priorities within the home. “It is in our home and families that need reforming in this increasingly materialistic and secular world,” he added.
Elder Ballard then spoke of the connection between prosperity and education and traditional families and values. The question is about cause and effect. Do some sectors of society have stronger values and families because they are more educated and prosperous—or are they more educated and prosperous because of their values and strong families?
“In this worldwide Church we know that it is the latter,” he declared. “When people make the family and religious commitments to gospel principles, they begin to do better spiritually and often temporally as well.”
Societies are strengthened as families grow stronger.
“When couples marry and make commitments to each other, they greatly increase the chances of economic well-being. When children are born in wedlock and have both a mom and a dad, their opportunities and their likelihood of occupational success skyrocket. And when families work and play together, neighborhoods and communities flourish, economies improve, and less government and fewer costly ‘safety nets’ are required.”
Societal and economic ills, he added, can be remedied by living correct principles and values.
How powerful! How bold! Sometimes we may think this, but so often our leaders, political or spiritual don't come right out and say it. We need families. We need moms and dads who are purposefully dedicated to their homes and children and society. I have been in the political middle for several years now. I don't like the agendas of the far Right or Left. But I'm grateful for common sense and people who are willing to say clearly that we must rekindle the fading glory of our amazing country and that it begins where? 

In the home.

Thank you. *grins bashfully* I will get off my soap box now. Please go about your business. :) 


  1. I love it. Thanks for putting it together so nicely. Such good talks and such a good message.


    1. Thanks Alissa. There were so many wonderful conference addresses. But this topic had been on my mind lately and it really rang true for me. :)