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Why We Must Act to Preserve the Families of the World



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WORLD FAMILY POLICY FORUM 1999 Why We Must Act to Preserve the Families of the World Elder Dallin H Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints T he prophet Isaiah gave a prophetic warning about watchmen who are blind and ignorant dumb dogs that cannot bark sleeping lying down and loving to slumber Isaiah 56 10 The prophet likened them to shepherds that cannot understand who look to their own way every one for his gain v 11 When this happens he declared the righteous perisheth and no man layeth it to heart Isaiah 57 1 I am grateful that watchmen on the tower have alerted us to enemies and conditions that threaten to undermine the family the foundation of societies and nations in every part of the world Ironically some of these enemies are working through the UN and using its stature and authority on the world stage to pursue anti family efforts that must be of concern to us all Before this conference is over I trust there will be ample demonstration of these assertions of alarm and a clear consensus on the reality that international law has the capacity to directly impact the family Informed by these facts we must be sure that we who should be watchmen on the tower are not like the blind and slumbering watchmen that the prophet Isaiah condemned Basic Principles A passage from the Old Testament stresses God s concern for children and the responsibility of parents to teach them Hear O Israel The Lord our God is one Lord And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart and with all thy soul and with all thy might And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house and when thou walkest by the way and when thou liest down and when thou risest up Deuteronomy 6 4 7 The word family is used 296 times in the King James version of the Old Testament The Old Testament is a record of a succession



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