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The Universal Message of Marriage and Family

Marriage and family are divinely designed, and leaders from several religions are encouraging everyone, regardless of their religion, to develop that vision.

All people need a vision of the richness of family life. --David A. Bednar

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In a world that undervalues the sanctity of marriage and family, it can be hard to defend the belief that marriage and family are of God. But the Church and its members are not alone in defending these important truths.

Mormon Newsroom reports that on March 9, 2017, at the Humanum Colloquium in New York City, Elder David A. Bednar came together with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of the Congregation Shearith Israel to share the universal importance of marriage and family.

We live in a world that is giving up on marriage. Some believe marriage is too hard, while others go into marriage with the mindset of fulfilling their own needs and desires. This in turn deprives children of experiencing homes where the purpose of family life and marriage is strong and stable. Elder Bednar comments that “all people, especially the rising generation, need a vision of the richness of family life and its potential for developing the highest and best in each of us.” Cardinal Dolan says that we can share the vision of family life through example, by demonstrating that selflessly loving family is “the happiest way to live.”

Regardless of our religion, we can all come together and show this example within our own families. We can have happy families. Cardinal Dolan states, “We’re not alone in our battle to defend the sanctity of marriage. You and I believe, without any touch of arrogance at all, that God is on our side.”

Read Mormon Newsroom’s full story “Apostle Joins Other Faith Leaders to Share Vision of Marriage and Family.”

Source: Mormon Newsroom

—Sarah Brown, Mormon Insights

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Find more insights

Read the full transcript of Elder David A. Bednar’s remarks at the Humanum Colloquium in New York City.

Read or watch “Why Marriage? Why Family?” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson.

Read Elder L. Tom Perry’s article “Why Marriage and Family Matter—Everywhere in the World” to learn more about why family is central to life throughout the world.

Read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” to learn more about how to build your family on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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