Mormon Channel Blog

Why Does the Family Unit Matter?

June 12, 2017

L. Tom Perry said, “In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities.”

He made that statement in 2003—14 years ago—and it has proven to be timeless. The family isn’t just the basic unit of a functioning society, our culture, and the economy; it’s also the most special unit formed by God.

God created the first family on earth when He united Eve and Adam and told them to have children. He also commanded them to provide for their children and teach them. Our own families serve the same purpose. It’s in the home that we learn the value of love, hard work, service, and kindness.

James E. Faust once said:

For centuries the family was the bedrock of this and many other nations. It was the glue that held society together. Now many families are in trouble, and the glue is coming unstuck. As a result, many children are bewildered. … It is in a home and with a family that values are usually acquired, traditions are fostered, and commitments to others are established. There are really no adequate substitutes. Church, school, and government programs can only reinforce and supplement that which is acquired at home.

Few things we accomplish in this life will be more important than what we do within our homes and within our families. Though not everyone has a family here on earth, we are all part of a heavenly family. As children of God, we can learn from and serve each other, regardless of our circumstances. No matter who your family is comprised of, there are ways to strengthen those important relationships.

These are a few simple ideas:

  • Be the peacemaker in your family.
  • Tell your family members often that you love them.
  • Express gratitude when they treat you with care.
  • Participate in regular family game nights or movie nights.
  • Help someone with their chores and responsibilities.
  • Hold family councils.
  • Volunteer together.
  • Listen with love when a family member is talking to you.
  • Forgive each other.

Focusing on family will bring joy and peace to your life and the lives of those around you. What are your favorite tips on making family relationships fun? Leave a comment.

In summary, the family is so important because without it, we wouldn’t have good, successful individuals, societies, and governments.