The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have taught that “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, inside front cover). While this family unit is the ideal, many Church members find themselves in a variety of other circumstances. Some are not married, but have good support from their parents or siblings. Others may not have support from an extended family. The gospel of Jesus Christ was given by God to bless all His children, without exception, regardless of the family situations in which they find themselves. The gospel provides a brotherhood and sisterhood to strengthen and help all God’s children.
Our Heavenly Father designed the gospel of Jesus Christ to help and strengthen families, and the family is central to His plan for His children. Each person on the earth is part of the great family of God the Father. Those who join the Church become part of another great fellowship, a true fellowship of brothers and sisters who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ.
In an address to single adult members of the Church, President Gordon B. Hinckley said:
“Because you do not happen to be married does not make you essentially different from others. All of us are very much alike in appearance and emotional responses, in our capacity to think, to reason, to be miserable, to be happy, to love and be loved.
“You are just as important as any others in the scheme of our Father in Heaven, and under His mercy no blessing to which you otherwise might be entitled will forever be withheld from you.
“You are precious and important to Him. You are precious and important to the Church. You are precious and important to all of us” (“To Single Adults,” Ensign, June 1989, 72).
“I’m a Mormon, Single Mother, and Special Needs Advocate”
“Happy Families: Parenting Single But Never Alone,” Mormon Channel
“Happy Families: When Divorce Happens,” Mormon Channel
“Pregnant & Unsure: Options for Single Expectant Parents,” Mormon Channel
“Coming Home to Your Mission,” Ensign, December 2016
“Single Working Mom? There Is Hope!” Ensign, April 2010
“For the Divorced Single Parent,” Ensign, September 2006
“The Gospel and the Single Parent,” Ensign, January 2004
“Comforted in My Distress,” Ensign or Liahona, March 2004
“In Good Company,” Ensign, October 2003
“After Divorce: Help for Latter-day Saint Men,” Ensign, August 2003
“Singular Living,” Ensign, June 2003
“Singles in the Ward Family,” Ensign, June 2002
“Singular Accomplishments,” Ensign, June 2001
“So Much to Live For,” Ensign, June 1993
“Principles for Teaching Children,” A Parent’s Guide, chapter 2
“Teaching the Gospel in the Home,” Family Guidebook