LDS Quotes on Parenting

“Being a father or a mother is not only a great challenge, it is a divine calling. It is an effort requiring consecration. President David O. McKay stated that being parents is “the greatest trust that has been given to human beings.”

James E. Faust  |  The Greatest Challenge in the World—Good Parenting

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Joseph Smith Portrait

“If children are to be brought up in the way they should go, to be good citizens here and happy hereafter, they must be taught. It is idle to suppose that children will grow up good, while surrounded with wickedness, without cultivation. It is folly to suppose that they can become learned without education.”

Joseph Smith  |  Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 273

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“If I had a choice of educating my daughters or my sons because of opportunity constraints, I would choose to educate my daughters”

Brigham Young

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Joy D Jones

Women wear many hats, but it is impossible, and unnecessary, to wear them all at once. The Spirit helps us determine which work to focus on today.

Joy D. Jones  |  An Especially Noble Calling - General Conference 2020

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“As parents, we should remember that our lives may be the book from the family library which the children most treasure. Are our examples worthy of emulation? Do we live in such a way that a son or a daughter may say, ‘I want to follow my dad,’ or ‘I want to be like my mother’? Unlike the book on the library shelf, the covers of which shield its contents, our lives cannot be closed. Parents, we truly are an open book in the library of learning of our homes.”

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  Ensign, Nov. 2000, 65.


Spencer W. Kimball Portrait

“Fathers and mothers, your foremost responsibility is your family. By working together you can have the kind of home the Lord expects you to have. By showing love and consideration for one another and for your children, you can build a reservoir of spiritual strength that will never run dry.”

Spencer W. Kimball

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“Parents, treat your children aright; train them up in the fear of the Lord; they are of more importance to you than many things that you give your attention to.”

John Taylor

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For me, the old saying “The family that prays together stays together” could be expanded to “The family that prays together is together, even when they are far apart.”

Elder Henry B. Eyring  |  A Home Where the Spirit of the Lord Dwells

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“My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.”

Mitt Romney

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“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

Brigham Young

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