The most important of the Lord’s work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes. Satan knows how important families are to our Heavenly Father’s plan. He seeks to destroy them by keeping us from drawing near to the Lord. He will tempt us to do things that will draw our families apart.

Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love,compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.

All of us want to have happy, successful families. The following things will help us achieve this:

1 . Have family prayer every night and morning. Pray together as husband and wife.
2 . Teach children the gospel every week.
3 . Study the scriptures regularly as a family.
4 . Do things together as a family, such as work projects, outings,and decision making.
5 . Learn to be kind, patient, long-suffering, and charitable.
6 . Attend Church meetings regularly.
7 . Follow the counsel of the Lord. Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God .”
8 . Keep a family history, perform temple work together, and receive the sealing ordinances of the temple.

The family is the most important unit in The Church of Jesus Christ Son of the Living God. The Church exists to help families gain eternal blessings and exaltation. The organizations and programs within the Church are designed to strengthen us individually and help us live as families forever.

The Lord has given responsibilities to both parents and children. The scriptures teach that we must be thoughtful, cheerful, and considerate of others.

When we speak, pray, sing, or work together, we can enjoy the blessings of harmony in our families. (See Colossians 3.)