What the Scriptures Say About the Family


“And the Gods said: Let us make an help meet for the man, for it is not good that the man should be alone, therefore we will form an help meet for him.

“And the Gods caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and he slept, and they took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in the stead thereof;

“And of the rib which the Gods had taken from the man, formed they a woman, and brought her unto the man.”

Abr. 5:14–16

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Gen. 1:28

“Unto the woman, I, the Lord God, said: I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”

Moses 4:22

“And again, verily I say unto you, that whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man.

“Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation.”

D&C 49:15–16

“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband.”

1 Cor. 7:10

“Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else.”

D&C 42:22

“And as pertaining to the new and everlasting covenant, it was instituted for the fulness of my glory; and he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God.”

D&C 132:6

“But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.”

D&C 93:40

“And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.”

D&C 68:25

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”

Ex. 20:12

“Therefore, renounce war and proclaim peace, and seek diligently to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children.”

D&C 98:16

“It is sufficient to know, in this case, that the earth will be smitten with a curse unless there is a welding link of some kind or other between the fathers and the children. …”

D&C 128:18

“Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”

Prov. 17:6

“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.”

John 21:18

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Gen. 2:24

[illustration] Illustrated by Ted Nagata