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First Presidency supports Family Week and Adoption Month

The First Presidency has expressed its support of National Family Week and National Adoption Month in the United States in the following statement:

"The President of the United States has designated the week of Thanksgiving — Nov. 19-25, as National Family Week and the month of November as National Adoption Month. We join in this recognition of the importance of the family and in proclaiming adoption as a wonderful way to build a family.

"The family is ordained of God and is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony and to be reared by a father and mother who provide love and support. When a child is conceived out of wedlock the best interests of the child should be the paramount consideration. When a successful marriage is unlikely, many choose to place their children for adoption in order to provide the blessings of having a father and a mother. Adoptive placement by unwed parents is truly an act of love.

"We commend all citizens and officers of government everywhere who promote measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society." — The First Presidency

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