June 20, 2010
“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.
“… There are those who would deﬁne the family in such a nontraditional way that they would deﬁne it out of existence. …
“We of all people, brothers and sisters, should not be taken in by the specious arguments that the family unit is somehow tied to a particular phase of development a moral society is going through. We are free to resist those moves which downplay the signiﬁcance of the family and which play up the signiﬁcance of selﬁsh individualism. We know the family to be eternal. We know that when things go wrong in the family, things go wrong in every other institution in society” (Spencer W. Kimball in Conference Report, Oct. 1980, 3–4; or Ensign, Nov. 1980, 4).