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Quotes about Home and Family

Some years ago a fire erupted in the middle of the night and completely destroyed a family's home. A neighbor came by to console a seven-year-old, not knowing that he was about to be taught a great principle. "Johnny, it's sure too bad your home burned down." Johnny thought a moment and then said, "Oh, that's where you're mistaken, Mr. Brown. That was not our home; that was just our house. We still have our home, we just don't have a place to put it right now." What a great principle taught by a child about home.

Gene R. Cook (Ensign, May 1984, page 30)


"The time will come when only those who believe deeply and actively in the family will be able to preserve their families in the midst of the gathering evils around us."

President Spencer W. Kimball - Ensign, November 1980


"Every home has both body and spirit. You may have a beautiful house with all the decorations that modern art can give or wealth bestow. You may have all the outward forms that will please the eye and yet not have a home. It is not home without love. It may be a hovel, a log hut, a tent, a wickiup, if you have the right spirit within, the true love of Christ, and love for one another . . . you have the true life of the home that [we] build and are trying to establish"

David O. McKay (General Conference Report, 1907, page 63)


"The evidence is overwhelming and the need so critical for a strong bond of respect and admiration in our homes. The trend is growing more acute daily. Latter-day Saint parents must analyze the foundation on which their homes are being built, for the rains of evil are descending. Parents must prayerfully prepare for their particular family needs."

David B. Haight


"A Foundation Whereon Men Cannot Fall."

General Conference, April 1972 - David B. Haight


"Permanent homes in which sweet contentment abides are the strength of any nation. . .

President David O. McKay


"But what are we doing in our homes to train our children; what to enlighten them? What to encourage them to make home their place of amusement, and a place where they may invite their friends for study or entertainment? Have we good books, games, music, and well-lighted, well-ventilated, warm rooms for their convenience and pleasure? Do we take personal interest in them and in their affairs? Are we providing them with the physical knowledge, the mental food, the healthful exercise, and the spiritual purification, that will enable them to become pure and robust in body, intelligent and honorable citizens, faithful and loyal Latter-day Saints?"

(Joseph F. Smith, "Gospel Doctrine", p. 318)


"God knows the feelings in every human heart. He can soften sorrow and lead when there seems to be no light. Prayer can give guidance and confidence. It reminds us that no one need be alone in this world. If all else fails, remember: God and one other person can be a family."

Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, May 1988, page 64)


"There is an art to being a homemaker. For ourselves and for our families, it is important that we have a sanctuary ~ a place of refuge away from the world where we feel comfortable and where, if others come, they, too, can feel comfortable."

(Barbara Winder General President of the Relief Society.
"Enriching and protecting the home," Ensign, Mar. 1986 p. 20)


"In a profound sense, a family is not alone. When it is consecrated to the Lord's work, His Spirit will always be with them."

Barbara B. Smith (Ensign, November 1981, page 85)


"Do you spend as much time making your family and home successful as you do in pursuing social and professional success? Are you devoting your best creative energy to the most important unit in society—the family? Or is your relationship with your family merely a routine, unrewarding part of life? Parent and child must be willing to put family responsibilities first in order to achieve family exaltation."

Joseph Fielding Smith "Message from the First Presidency," "Ensign," Jan. 1971, 1


"Good homes are still the best source of good humans."

Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, October 1974, page 71)


"One of the great challenges that faces us, and I think that faces the Western World, is to keep the family intact and viable and strong — father, mother, children working together to accomplish something — that is a great challenge. To me it is wonderfully refreshing to see our Latter-day Saint families, little children with fathers and mothers who love them and care for them and nurture them and lead them along and would do anything in the world to help them. I think we are building a future for the Church and also a future for the nation of which we are a part — every nation across the world. You can't have good people with good homes and not materially affect the course of the nation. No nation is stronger than the homes of its people."

President Gordon B. Hinckley — From Church News interview, Nov. 2, 1999 (published in Church News Feb. 3, 2001)


"The home is the laboratory of our lives, and what we learn there largely determines what we do when we leave there."

Thomas S. Monson (November 1988 Ensign)


Elder Boyd K. Packer said to the single members of the Church, "We talk a lot about families. Sometimes in bitterness, you will want to say 'all this talk about families, but I don't have a family, and… ,' stop there! Don't add that extra phrase, 'I wish they would stop talking so much about families.' You pray that we do keep talking about families; about fathers and mothers and children and family home evening, temple marriage and companionship and all of the rest, because all of that will be yours. If we stop talking about it, then you, among all others, will be the losers."

Melchizedek Priesthood MIA Conference, June 1973


"We can learn to serve and to forgive within our sample of humanity, including settings no larger than the family or friendships."

Elder Neal A. Maxwell Ensign, May 2000, 74


"There has never been a time when the world was in greater need of the strength and security that are best sown and cultivated in the deep, fertile soil of family love."

Elder M. Russell Ballard - Ensign, June 2003, 14


"We have to keep the commandments and conduct ourselves in such a way that our families will want to live with us in the eternities. "

Elder Robert D. Hales - Ensign, Nov. 1996, 65


"No service in the Church or in the community transcends that given in the home."

President Boyd K. Packer - Ensign, Nov. 1997, 7


"Our Heavenly Father has organized us into families for the purpose of helping us successfully meet the trials and challenges of life. The home also exists to bless us with the joys and privileges of family associations. Our family is our safety place, our support network, our sanctuary, and our salvation."

Rex D. Pinegar, "Home First," Ensign, May 1990, p. 9


"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American author, "A Message to Garcia"


"As societies as a whole have decayed and lost their moral identity and so many homes are broken, the best hope is to turn greater attention and effort to the teaching of the next generation —our children. In order to do this, we must first reinforce the primary teachers of children. Chief among these are the parents and other family members, and the best environment should be in the home.

"Somehow, some way, we must try harder to make our homes stronger so that they will stand as sanctuaries against the unwholesome, pervasive moral dry rot around us. Harmony, happiness, peace, and love in the home can help give children the required inner strength to cope with life's challenges."

James E. Faust, "The Greatest Challenge in the World—Good Parenting," Ensign, November 1990, p.32


"The family circle is the ideal place to demonstrate and learn kindness, forgiveness, faith in God, and every other practicing virtue of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Elder Dallin H. Oaks - Ensign, June 1985, 9