Press Kit
Church and Family

One of the most recognisable characteristics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is its emphasis on family life. The Church teaches that it is in the family that principles of Christian living can best be taught, shared and exemplified.

For nearly two decades the people throughout Australia have enjoyed a series of award-winning television and radio spots promoting family values produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The spots deal with such things as communication in the home, handling teen peer pressure and strengthening marriages. All reflect the Church's deep commitment to the family.

Latter-day Saints actively teach that families can be eternal. The Church teaches that marriage is sacred and that sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for families to be united eternally.

Latter-day Saints want to build caring and lasting relationships between parents and children. The Church encourages every family to set aside one night each week for Family Home Evening. The time is devoted to scripture learning, games, food and fun. The activities strengthen family ties and provide opportunity for communication. Manuals are available for parents to help them plan interesting and meaningful home evenings.

Family centred activities help family members develop as individuals and deal more effectively with personal or family crises. Experience has shown that family unity leads to greater personal contentment, peace of mind and self-worth.

Effective families also lead to effective communities. Where society does not value the family, or the role of fathers and mothers, the direct result is community disharmony and dislocation.

For Church purposes, "the family" includes single parents raising children on their own, as well as the traditional two-parent family.

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