The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have taught that “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children” (
Because of a variety of circumstances, including death, divorce, and separation, many Church members find themselves in single-parent families. Regardless of their family situation, all Church members are entitled to receive all the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The structure and fellowship of the Church provide many people who are willing and ready to help parents and children and to strengthen them in the gospel.
Addressing single parents, President Hinckley said:
“This is a lonely duty. But you need not be entirely alone. There are many, ever so many in this Church who would reach out to you with sensitivity and understanding. They do not wish to intrude where they are not wanted. But their interest is genuine and sincere, and they bless their own lives as they bless your lives and those of your children. Welcome their help. They need to give it for their own sakes as well as for your sake.
”We have thousands of good bishops in this Church. We have thousands of good quorum officers. We have thousands of wonderful Relief Society women. We have home teachers and visiting teachers. They are your friends, put in place by the Lord to give of their strength to help you. And never forget that the Lord Himself is a source of strength greater than any other“ (”To Single Adults,“ Ensign, June 1989, 74).
Living gospel principles helps you be an effective parent even when divorce has separated you from your children.
Our resources may be more limited, but our children still need us as much as ever.
The handmade quilt was beautiful. But how could it help me when I felt so abandoned for the holidays?
As a single mother, how would I find priesthood direction for my family?
From an address delivered on 22 September 1996 at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
The pipeline to heaven must be constantly open so that we are prepared to ask for and then receive help on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis.
Yours is just one of many kinds of families, each with challenges, each loved by the Lord. With his help, you can make the best of your family—and yourself.