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Mormon Apostle Suggests Ways to Help Families Flourish

Elder Christofferson shares important principles and activities that unite Latter-day Saint families

God has a plan for each of His children. Marriage and family is a central part of that plan. "Our high priority on family life is based on our conviction that God created the family—and ordained family life—for His purposes. Hence the conviction that the duties of parents and families, and the principles we will discuss, are indeed 'divinely appointed.'”

That was Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s message Thursday at the eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, a triennial gathering organized by the Roman Catholic Church. More than 17,500 people from 100 countries are attending this year’s event, which features presentations from many global religious leaders and thinkers, including a visit from Pope Francis later this week.

During Elder D. Todd Christofferson's presentation at the World Meeting of Families 2015, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said, "When we planned this [event], we tried to reach out to different faith communities to get some help on how to be good families. I don't think anybody does it better than the Mormon community and the Latter-day Saints. I'm grateful that you are willing to help teach us."

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