Drawing Parallels: Marriage and Family
March 2013

“Drawing Parallels: Marriage and Family,” Ensign, Mar. 2013, 9

Study Corner

Drawing Parallels: Marriage and Family

Some of the most important topics are addressed by more than one general conference speaker. Here is what four speakers said about marriage and family. Try looking for other parallels as you study conference talks.

  • “The joining together of a man and a woman to be legally and lawfully wed not only is preparation for future generations to inherit the earth, but it also brings the greatest joy and satisfaction that can be found in this mortal experience.”1 —Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • “Children need the emotional and personal strength that come from being raised by two parents who are united in their marriage and their goals.”2 —Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • “The foundation of kindness and civility begins in our homes. It is not surprising that our public discourse has declined in equal measure with the breakdown of the family.”3 —Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • “We have much to do to strengthen marriage in societies that increasingly trivialize its importance and purpose.”4 —Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


  1. L. Tom Perry, “Becoming Goodly Parents,” Ensign, Nov. 2012, 27.

  2. Dallin H. Oaks, “Protect the Children,” Ensign, Nov. 2012, 45.

  3. Quentin L. Cook, “Can Ye Feel So Now?” Ensign, Nov. 2012, 7.

  4. D. Todd Christofferson “Brethren, We Have Work to Do,” Ensign, Nov. 2012, 49.

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