Benson: No Substitute for God-ordained Family

Modern Prophets Speak, Volume I, No. 33, Benson

Excerpt from Chapter 17 of President Ezra Taft Benson’s 1974 book, “God, Family, Country.”

Ezra Taft Benson
Ezra Taft Benson

Americans from the very inception of our nation have been lover of home. It has been our primary educational institution and the center of economic, social, and cultural interest. Our homes have been the bulwark of the nation and the most fundamental institution of society. …

Marriage, the home, and family are sacred institutions. They are not man-made, but have been established by a kind Providence for the blessing of his children. … There can be no satisfactory substitute for the home. Its foundation is as ancient as the world. Its mission is God-ordained.

Ezra Taft Benson served as thirteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as Secretary of Agriculture for both terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency.