Family and Family History—Picture Quotes

    A photograph of a family fishing together, paired with a quote by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “Love is really spelled t-i-m-e.”

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    A Father’s Duty
    “A father’s duty is to make his home a place of happiness and joy.”—President Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Fathers in Israel”
    A Glorious Work
    “Family history … is a vital part of the work of salvation and exaltation. You have been prepared for this day and to build up the kingdom of God. You are here upon the earth now to assist in this glorious work.”—Elder David A. Bednar, “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn”
    Ancestral Influence
    “Don't underestimate the influence of the deceased in assisting your efforts and the joy of ultimately meeting those you serve. The eternally significant blessing of uniting our own families is almost beyond comprehension.”—Elder Quentin L. Cook, “Roots and Branches”
    Canvas of Our Souls
    “Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls.”—Elder David A. Bednar, “More Diligent and Concerned at Home”
    Center Your Home on the Savior
    “As you center your home on the Savior, it will naturally become a refuge not only to your own family but also to friends who live in more difficult circumstances.”—Elder Richard G. Scott, “For Peace at Home”
    Christ-Centered Home
    “One of the greatest blessings we can offer to the world is the power of a Christ-centered home where the gospel is taught, covenants are kept, and love abounds.” —Elder Richard G. Scott, “For Peace at Home”
    Christ-Centered Home
    “One of the greatest blessings we can offer to the world is the power of a Christ-centered home where the gospel is taught, covenants are kept, and love abounds.”—Elder Richard G. Scott, “For Peace at Home”
    Creative Power
    “Our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son are creators and have entrusted each of us with a portion of Their creative power.”—Elder David A. Bednar, “We Believe in Being Chaste”
    Diligent and Concerned
    “Three ways to become more diligent and concerned at home: 1. Express love—and show it. 2. Bear testimony—and live it. 3. Be consistent.”—Elder David A. Bednar, “More Diligent and Concerned at Home”
    Divine Attributes
    “Noble fatherhood gives us a glimpse of the divine attributes of our Father in Heaven.”—President James E. Faust, “Them That Honour Me I Will Honour”
    Divine Fatherhood
    “Noble fatherhood gives us a glimpse of the divine.”—President James E. Faust, “Them That Honour Me I Will Honour”
    Earthly Parents
    “Young person’s developing concept of God centers on characteristics observed in that child’s earthly parents.”—Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Hands of the Fathers”
    Families Are the Lord’s Workshop
    “Families are the Lord’s workshop on earth to help us learn and live the gospel.” —Cheryl A. Esplin, “Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth”
    Family Activities
    Family Activities
    Family Commitments
    “Family commitments and expectations should be at the top of our priorities to protect our divine destiny.”—Elder Quentin L. Cook, “Roots and Branches”
    Family History for Everyone
    “Family history is for everyone.”
    Family History in the Home
    “Our family history centers are now in our homes.”—Elder Quentin L. Cook, “Roots and Branches”
    Family Night
    “Temple and family history work is a part of living the gospel at home.”—Elder Allan F. Packer, “The Book." Look here for fun family history ideas for family home evening.
    Family Time
    “Parents must bring light and truth into their homes by one family prayer, one scripture study session, one family home evening, one book read aloud, one song, and one family meal at a time. They know that the influence of righteous, conscientious, persistent, daily parenting is among the most powerful and sustaining forces for good in the world.”—Elder L. Tom Perry, “Mothers Teaching Children in the Home”
    Find Your Grandparents
    “Find your grandfathers and grandmothers and your distant cousins who have gone before you. Take their names to the temple with you.”—Elder Neil L. Andersen, “Spiritual Whirlwinds”
    Future Missionaries
    “The preparation of future missionaries begins in the family.”—President Russell M. Nelson, “Preparing Future Missionaries”
    Grow Closer
    “There is no shame in a couple having to scrimp and save. It is generally during these challenging times that you will grow closer together as you learn to sacrifice and to make difficult decisions.”—President Thomas S. Monson, “Priesthood Power”
    Happiness in Family Life
    “Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.”—“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”
    Happiness in Your Hands
    “You hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can now imagine.”—President Henry B. Eyring, “A Priceless Heritage of Hope”
    Heavy Lifting
    “Much of the heavy lifting and hastening of the work of salvation for both the living and the dead will be done by you young people.”—Elder Quentin L. Cook, “Roots and Branches.” Learn how to find a family name to take to the temple by accepting the Youth Temple Challenge.
    Home Is Love, Sacrifice, and Respect
    “A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect.” —President Thomas S. Monson, “Heavenly Homes—Forever Families”
    Home Should Be an Anchor
    “Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love.” —Elder Marvin J. Ashton, “A Yearning for Home”
    How Christmas Began
    Remember: “But first and forever there was just a little family, without toys or trees or tinsel. With a baby—that’s how Christmas began.”—Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Maybe Christmas Doesn’t Come from a Store”
    Individuals and Families
    “The Savior focuses on the individual and the family.”—Elder Hugo E. Martinez, “Our Personal Ministries.” God wants all of His children back, and He needs your help. Learn how you can be a savior on Mount Zion for your ancestors at familysearch.org/findnames.
    Innocence
    “Every time a child is born, the world is renewed in innocence.”—President Boyd K. Packer, “Children”
    Lifting Sisters
    “While Satan may be attacking sisters at earlier ages, the Lord is lifting sisters to higher and higher levels of spirituality. For example, young women are teaching their mothers how to use FamilySearch to find and save ancestors. Some young sisters that I know are choosing to go early in the morning to perform proxy baptisms in temples without any urging beyond the spirit of Elijah.”—President Henry B. Eyring, “Daughters in the Covenant”
    Love in Family Relationships
    “In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e.”—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Of Things That Matter Most”
    Making Dinner More Fun
    Making dinner more fun: “Have a formal dinner party in the middle of the week. Have all the boys, including dad, become waiters for an evening. As a family, set some basic guidelines for table manners, eating schedules, snack times, and cleanup. Use shopping time as a one-to-one time with your children.”—Family Home Evening Resource Book, “Making Work Fun”
    Media-Savvy Family
    Four ways to become a media-savvy family: “Become aware of how and what media is being used within the home. Be mindful of what is being consumed. Plan media-free time. Seek out the best; reject the bad.”—Marianne Holman Prescott, “Four Ways to Become a Media-Savvy Family”
    Misunderstanding Perfection
    “One thing that hinders the development of resilience is misunderstanding the commandment to be perfect.”—Lyle J. Burrup, “Raising Resilient Children”
    Moral Force
    “Dear sisters, we rely on the moral force you bring to the world, to marriage, to family, to the Church.”—Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “The Moral Force of Women”
    Most Important Work
    “The most important of the Lord’s work that you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home.”—President Harold B. Lee, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee (2000), 134
    No Matter What
    “God has devised means to save each of His children. For many, that involves being placed with a brother or a sister or a grandparent who loves them no matter what they do.”—President Henry B. Eyring, “To My Grandchildren”
    Parenting
    “If you try your best to be the best parent you can be, you will have done all that a human being can do and all that God expects you to do.”—Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Because She Is a Mother”
    Posterity
    “The ultimate treasures on earth and in heaven are our children and our posterity.”—Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “The Great Plan of Happiness” Created by Jenae Nelson.
    Preserve Family Time
    “How we preserve time for family is one of the most significant issues we face in most cultures.”—Elder Quentin L. Cook, “Lamentations of Jeremiah: Beware of Bondage”
    Principles of Truth
    “There are no perfect parents and no easy answers, but there are principles of truth that we can rely on.”—Elder Larry R. Lawrence, “Courageous Parenting”
    Promise of Protection
    “As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives.”—Elder David A. Bednar, “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn”
    Righteous Mother
    “There are few things more powerful than the faithful prayers of a righteous mother.”—President Boyd K. Packer, “These Things I Know”
    Righteous Traditions
    “If we will build righteous traditions in our families, the light of the gospel can grow ever brighter … from generation to generation.”—Elder L. Tom Perry, “Family Traditions”
    Sacred Duty
    “Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness.”—“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”
    Sacred Time
    “Christmastime is cherished family time. Family time is sacred time.”—President Russell M. Nelson, “Jesus the Christ—Our Prince of Peace”
    Saviors on Mount Zion
    “Jesus Christ gave His life as a vicarious atonement. He resolved the ultimate question raised by Job. He overcame death for all mankind, which we could not do for ourselves. We can, however, perform vicarious ordinances and truly become saviors on Mount Zion for our own families in order that we, with them, might be exalted as well as saved.”—Elder Quentin L. Cook, “Roots and Branches.” To find family names that need temple ordinances, visit familysearch.org/findnames.
    Simple Activities
    “Everyday activities in our homes may be simple but because they are simple, frequent, and repeated, they offer important opportunities to build individuals and families.”—Shirley R. Klein, “Three Tools to Build a Sacred Home”
    Simple Ways to Make Work Fun
    Simple ways to make work fun: “Have your children pretend to be puppets, robots, or soldiers. Wind them up and let them do their work. Scrub to music, especially fast, rousing music. Hold family ‘panic-pickup-time.’ Set your timer and see how many things can be picked up and put away in ten minutes. Play ‘Beat the Clock.’ Time a job to see how much time it normally takes to complete it. Then set your timer and race against the clock.”—Family Home Evening Resource Book, “Making Work Fun”
    Sons and Daughters
    “Second only to the title of husband is that of father. Next to eternal life, the greatest of all gifts that our Father in heaven can bestow on a man is the opportunity of being blessed with sons and daughters.”—Elder L. Tom Perry, “Father—Your Role, Your Responsibility”
    Stories of Faith
    “Each of us will be greatly blessed if we know the stories of faith and sacrifice that led our forefathers to join the Lord’s Church.”—Elder William R. Walker, “Live True to the Faith.” After learning your ancestors’ stories of faith, record them in the Memories section of FamilySearch.org so that your memories will be preserved for generations.
    Strengthening Family Relationships
    “Put more quality time and effort in strengthening family relationships.”—Elder Michael John U. Teh, “Where Your Treasure Is”
    Teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ
    “When all is said and done, the home is the ideal forum for teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.” —Brother Tad R. Callister, “Parents: The Prime Gospel Teachers of Their Children”
    Technologically Disconnect
    “The answer to our prayer of how to meet our children’s needs may be to more often technologically disconnect.”—Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, “The Words We Speak”
    Temple in Your Sights
    “Now, my young friends who are in your teenage years, always have the temple in your sights. Do nothing which will keep you from entering its doors and partaking of the sacred and eternal blessings there.”—President Thomas S. Monson, “The Holy Temple—a Beacon to the World” Learn more about keeping your sights on the temple by accepting the Youth Temple Challenge.
    Ten Tips for Parents of Young Adults
    10 tips for parents of young adults: “1. Find out what your children want and love. 2. Prayerfully study D&C 121:34–46. 3. Invest in relationships with many young adults. 4. Point out their gifts. 5. Trust them with their decisions. 6. Praise them for their efforts. 7. Seek for inspiration. 8. Talk about money. 9. Be humble. 10. Measure true success.”—Wendy Ulrich, “Ten Tips for Parents of Young Adults”
    The Family Relationship
    “The family relationship is fraught with much challenge and some adversity, it is, nevertheless, blessed with that supreme joy that can come only to a father.”—Elder A. Theodore Tuttle, “The Role of Fathers”
    The Greatest of Gifts
    “Next to eternal life, the greatest of all gifts that our Father in heaven can bestow on a man is the opportunity of being blessed with sons and daughters.”—Elder L. Tom Perry, “Father—Your Role, Your Responsibility”
    The Influence of Parenting
    “The influence of righteous, conscientious, persistent, daily parenting is among the most powerful and sustaining forces for good in the world.” —Elder L. Tom Perry, “Mothers Teaching Children in the Home”
    The Lord’s Work
    “The most important of the Lord’s work that you fathers will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.”—President Harold B. Lee, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee (2000), 134
    The Plan of Happiness
    “The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave.”—“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”
    Women and Men Are Equal
    “In the eyes of God, whether in the Church or in the family, women and men are equal, with different responsibilities.”—Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood”
    Work to Improve
    “Families that function well work to improve their relationships despite their weaknesses.”—James D. MacArthur, “The Functional Family”
    Worth Every Sacrifice
    “These are grand principles. They are worth every sacrifice.”—Wilford Woodruff. In his talk “Roots and Branches,” Elder Quentin L. Cook quoted President Wilford Woodruff, who said: “There is hardly any principle the Lord has revealed that I have rejoiced more in than in the redemption of our dead; that we will have our fathers, our mothers, our wives and our children with us in the family organization, in the morning of the first resurrection and in the Celestial Kingdom. These are grand principles. They are worth every sacrifice.”