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We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

We all upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

  • “Our knowledge of God’s revealed plan of salvation requires us to oppose current social and legal pressures to retreat from traditional marriage and to make changes that confuse or alter gender or homogenize the differences between men and women. We know that the relationships, identities, and functions of men and women are essential to accomplish God’s great plan.” President Dallin H. Oaks, "Truth and the Plan," General Conference, October 2018.

  • “Since the proclamation came out, time has overwhelmingly proven its prophetic insight. As a church we are more focused than ever in supporting and strengthening the family. Sadly, the family continues to be assaulted relentlessly throughout the world. You need only to read a newspaper or turn on the television to see how openly and viciously the war against the family is being waged. Gender is being confused, and gender roles are being repudiated.” Elder M. Russell Ballard, “The Sacred Roles of Parenthood”, Ensign, March 2006.


  • “Some principles are defended and some sins are opposed wherever they are found, because the issues and the laws involved are not social or political, but eternal in their consequence. And while not wishing to offend those who believe differently from us, we are even more anxious to not offend God — or as the scripture says, 'not offend He who is your law giver.'

“There is a wide variety of beliefs in this world, and there is moral agency for all, but no one is entitled to act as if God is mute on these subjects, or as if commandments only matter if there is public agreement over them.

"In the 21st century we cannot flee any longer. We are going to have to fight for laws and circumstances and environments that allow the free exercise of religion and our franchise in it. That is one way we can tolerate being in Babylon but not of it.

I know of no more important ability, and no greater integrity, than for us to demonstrate, in a world from which we cannot flee, that to walk that careful path taking a moral stand according to what God has declared, and the laws He has given, but doing it compassionately, and with understanding — and great charity.”  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Call to Be Christlike,” CES devotional address, “Israel, Israel, God Is Calling,” delivered at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, on September 9, 2012.  Ensign, June 2014.


  • “I truly believe that one virtuous young woman or young man, led by the Spirit, can change the world, but in order to do so, we must return to virtue. … Now is the time to set our course and focus on the finish. A return to virtue must begin individually in our hearts and in our homes. … a return to virtue is possible because of the Savior’s example and the “infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice.” I testify that we will be enabled and strengthened not only to do hard things but to do all things. Now is the time for each of us to arise and unfurl a banner to the world calling for a return to virtue.” Elaine S. Dalton, “A Return to Virtue,” General Conference, October 2008.  .


  • "Furthermore, many of the social restraints which in the past have helped to reinforce and to shore up the family are dissolving and disappearing. 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 evil around us. Whether from inadvertence, ignorance, or other causes, the efforts governments often make (ostensibly to help the family) sometimes only hurt the family more. There are those who would define the family in such a nontraditional way that they would define it out of existence. The more governments try in vain to take the place of the family, the less effective governments will be in performing the traditional and basic roles for which governments are formed in the first place." Spencer W. Kimball, “Families can be Eternal,” Ensign, November 1980.


  • "Tolerance is the key that opens the door to mutual understanding and love. ...May I offer an important note of caution. An erroneous assumption could be made that if a little of something is good, a lot must be better. Not so!...Tolerance, without limit, could lead to spineless permissiveness. The Lord drew boundary lines to define acceptable limits of tolerance. Danger rises when those divine limits are disobeyed. ...Real love...may compel courageous confrontation—not acquiescence! Real love does not support self-destructing behavior." Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Teach Us Tolerance and Love” April 1994.


  • “As the world slides from its spiritual moorings, the Lord prepares the way for those who seek Him, offering them greater assurance, greater confirmation, and greater confidence in the spiritual direction they are traveling. The gift of the Holy Ghost becomes a brighter light in the emerging twilight. …


There is virtue in the word of God. There is power in the testimony of Jesus Christ. There is truth in the Savior’s gospel. … As evil increases in the world, the Lord does not leave us on the same footing. In a world that would diminish or discard or impair belief, there is an added spiritual power for those who are willing to set their course on increasing their faith in Jesus Christ. ...

This added spiritual power does not just fall upon us. It comes as we act. The scriptures tell us that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord,” but he and his family still needed to build and enter the ark. God prepared the means for the children of Israel to be healed from the fiery flying serpents, but He still required that they look upon the serpent of brass attached to Moses’ staff. … As you look to the Lord Jesus Christ in all you do … He will steady you, strengthen you, shape you, and secure you.”  Elder Neal A. Anderson, “A Compensatory Spiritual Power for the Righteous,” BYU Devotion, August 18, 2015.

  • "The family is the most important unit in society, in the Church, and in eternity and, as such, transcends every other interest in life." Chapter 17  [Preserve and Protect the Family] of "Teachings of the Presidents of the Church:  Howard W. Hunter."

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