LDS Quotes on Parenting

“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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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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“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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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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My promise to you is one that a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once made to me. I had said to him that because of choices some in our extended family had made, I doubted that we could be together in the world to come. He said, as well as I can remember, “You are worrying about the wrong problem. You just live worthy of the celestial kingdom, and the family arrangements will be more wonderful than you can imagine.”

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

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“In family relationships, love is really spelled “TIME.” Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. We talk with, rather than about, each other.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf  |  "Of the Things that Matter Most"

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“Clearly God’s greatest concerns regarding mortality are how one gets into this world and how one gets out of it. These two most important issues in our very personal and carefully supervised progress are the two issues that he as our Creator and Father and Guide wishes most to reserve to himself. These are the two matters that he has repeatedly told us he wants us never to take illegally, illicitly, unfaithfully, without sanction.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  Of Souls Symbols and Sacraments.

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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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