“Resources,” Personal Finances for Self-Reliance (2017), 31–32

Family Councils

Elder M. Russell Ballard shared the following about family councils:

“I believe councils are the most effective way to get real results. Additionally, I know councils are the Lord’s way and that He created all things in the universe through a heavenly council, as mentioned in the holy scripture.

“Until now, however, I have never talked in general conference about the most basic and fundamental—and perhaps the most important—of all councils: the family council.

“Family councils have always been needed. They are, in fact, eternal. We belonged to a family council in the premortal existence, when we lived with our heavenly parents as their spirit children.

“A family council, when conducted with love and with Christlike attributes, will counter the impact of modern technology that often distracts us from spending quality time with each other and also tends to bring evil right into our homes.

“Please remember that family councils are different from family home evening held on Mondays. Home evenings focus primarily on gospel instruction and family activities. Family councils, on the other hand, can be held on any day of the week, and they are primarily a meeting at which parents listen—to each other and to their children.

“I believe there are at least four types of family councils:

  • First, a general family council consisting of the entire family.

  • Second, an executive family council consisting of a mother and father.

  • Third, a limited family council consisting of parents and one child.

  • Fourth, a one-on-one family council consisting of one parent and one child.”

(“Family Councils,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 63)

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