I read a very interesting article in the latest Ensign, by Sister Julie B. Beck, who is one of my most favorite church leaders. One of the things I love about her is that she is so… honest. She is sincere in her words and her approach, and she speaks directly to you. Love it.
One of the comments she made in the article that has really stuck with me was a quote by a prophet. Here’s the quote, and I’d love you to take a wild guess at the date it was said and who said it:
Many of the social restraints which in the past have helped to reinforce and to shore up the family are dissolving and disappearing. The time will come when only those who believe deeply and actively in the family will be able to preserve their families in the midst of the gathering evil around us. …
… There are those who would define the family in such a nontraditional way that they would define it out of existence. …
We of all people, brothers and sisters, should not be taken in by the specious arguments that the family unit is somehow tied to a particular phase of development a moral society is going through. We are free to resist those moves which downplay the significance of the family and which play up the significance of selfish individualism. We know the family to be eternal.
It was President Kimball, and the date was President Kimball, and the date was November 1980.
And yet you would not have been surprised to see that it had been President Monson and November 2010 either, would you?
The family has been under attack for many years now, and church leaders have been urging us to take an active stance in its defense.
If you haven’t read that article from Sister Beck, go do it. It’s inspiring. It’s actionable. It’s hopeful.