Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. After Heavenly Father brought Adam and Eve together in marriage, He commanded them to have children (see Genesis 1:28).

He has revealed that one of the purposes of marriage is to provide mortal bodies for His spirit children. Parents are partners with our Heavenly Father. He wants each of His spirit children to receive a physical body and to experience earth life. When a man and a woman bring children into this world, they help our Heavenly Father carry out His plan.

Every new child should be welcomed into the family with gladness.Each is a child of God. We should take time to enjoy our children,to play with them, and to teach them.The best place to prepare for eternal life is in the home. At home, with our families, we can learn self-control, sacrifice, loyalty,and the value of work. We can learn to love, to share, and to serve one another. Fathers and mothers are responsible to teach their children about Heavenly Father. They should show by example that they love Him because they keep His commandments. Parents should also teach their children to pray and to obey the commandments (see Proverbs 22:6).