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Strong families remedy spiritual ailments

Just as individuals are counseled by the prophets to put on the armor of God in protecting themselves against evil influences, so are families counseled to fortify their homes against those same outside forces. During his opening address for the April 1979 general conference, President Spencer W. Kimball said:

"Home life, proper teaching in the home, parental guidance and leadership — these are the panacea for the ailments of the world and its children. They are the cure for spiritual and emotional diseases and the remedy for its problems. Parents should not leave the training of children to others.

"There seems to be a growing tendency to shift this responsibility from the home to outside influences such as the school and the Church, and of greater concern, to various child-care agencies and institutions. Important as these outward influences may be, they never can adequately take the place of the influence of the mother and the father. Constant training, constant vigilance, companionship and being watchmen of our own children are necessary in order to keep our homes intact and to bless our children in the Lord's own way. . . .

"We need continually to fortify our homes and families and defend them against the onslaught of evils such as divorce, broken families, brutality, and abuse, especially of wives and children. We need to constantly guard against immorality, pornography and sexual permissiveness that would destroy the purity of the family members, young and old. . . .

"If we would escape those deadly thrusts of the evil one and keep our homes and families free and solidly fortified against all destructive influences so rampant about us, we must have the help of the very founder and organizer of this family plan — the Creator Himself. There is only one sure way and that is through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and being obedient to its profound and inspired teachings. Surely we must be made to realize that the purchase price of a family hearth free of such evil influences is the keeping of the commandments of God."

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