I was recently handed these statistics taken from the county records of one of our Southwest communities. In 1964 in this county of which I speak, there were 5807 marriages and 5419 divorces, almost one divorce for every marriage. Can we expect stability out of instability? Is it any wonder that many of our youth wander in rebellion when they come from homes where there is no evidence of love, where there is a lack of respect one for another, where there is no expression of faith? We hear much these days of the Great Society, and I do not disparage the motives of those who espouse it, but we shall have a great society only as we develop good people, and the source of good people is good homes.
Source: Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Charter For Youth,” Conference Report, October 1965, pp. 50-54. At the time of this speech Gordon B. Hinckley (June 23 1910 — January 27 2008) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, In 1995 he became the 15th President of the Church.
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