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Why is family important?

The family is ordained of God and is central to His plan for the eternal destiny of His children. This divine plan makes it possible for individuals to return to His presence and for families to be united eternally.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources, selecting those that will help the young men understand why the family is important.

Romans 8:16–17; Hebrews 12:9 (We are children of Heavenly Father)

Genesis 2:18–24; D&C 131:1–4; 138:48 (Gospel truths about the family)

Mosiah 4:14–15; D&C 68:25, 27–29; 93:40, 43, 48–50 (Children learn the gospel from their parents)

The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129 (see also True to the Faith [2004], 59)

L. Tom Perry, “Becoming Goodly Parents,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 26–28

Neil L. Andersen, “Children,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 28–31

Julie B. Beck, “Teaching the Doctrine of the Family,” Ensign or Liahona, Mar. 2011, 12–17

Videos: “Families Can Be Together Forever”; “The Home Is a Divine Institution”; “Having Children in Faith”

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Invite the young men to share in pairs what they learned from last week’s lesson and how they could apply it in their lives.
  • Before quorum meeting, invite the young men to bring an object that represents one of their favorite memories with their families (such as family traditions, vacations, or other activities). Invite each young man to share his object and tell why his family is important to him.

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand the importance of the family. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite the young men to read the last eight paragraphs of Elder L. Tom Perry’s talk “Becoming Goodly Parents,” looking for answers to the question “Why are families important?” Invite the quorum members to share what they find. What can the young men do to show that they understand how important families are? How will their understanding of the importance of families affect the way they treat their family members?
  • As a quorum, read the story about Elder Mason visiting with Elder Spencer W. Kimball (in Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk “Children”) or show the video “Having Children in Faith.” What does the world teach about families? What does the Lord teach? What priorities do some people place above raising a family? What blessings will the young men receive for making family a high priority in their lives?
  • Divide the quorum in half. Give one half a copy of the section titled “Threats to the Family” from Julie B. Beck’s talk “Teaching the Doctrine of the Family.” Give the other half a copy of the section titled “This I Know,” also from Sister Beck's talk. Ask each group to teach the other what they learn from their section. What specific things can the young men do to defend the family?
  • Show one of the videos suggested in this outline, and ask the young men to listen for reasons Heavenly Father has given us families. Ask the young men how they would respond to someone who says something like, “I don’t see why I should get married” or “I don’t think I want to have children when I get older.” What would they say to a friend whose family situation is not ideal right now? (See “Family,” For the Strength of Youth, 14-15.)
  • Assign each young man one of the scriptures in this outline. Ask the quorum members to search “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” and look for a passage that relates to their scripture. Invite each young man to share his scripture and the part of the proclamation it relates to. Ask the young men to share any experiences they have had that illustrate the importance of families.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand why families are important? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Bear his testimony of the importance of the family in God’s plan.
  • Invite quorum members to share “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” with a family member or friend.