What The Family Needs

Gordon B. Hinckley ( 1910-2008 )

15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Gordon B. Hinckley

“Our lives have become intensely fast-paced, filled with busyness and a frantic flitting about that was uncharacteristic of earlier ages. Everything from increased mobility to a plethora of time-saving devices has enticed us to pack our lives with so many activities and pursuits that too many of us have lost sight of something that is of critical importance to families ~~ time together. If our children are really our greatest treasures, it stands to reason that they deserve our greatest attention.
“Family members need time with each other. There is no verdict declaring quality time superior to a quantity of time. A proven theory of the behavioral sciences is both simple and profound: Increased interaction leads to increased sentiment. The more time we spend together, the greater the potential for deepening bonds of love, loyalty, trust, and devotion” (Standing for Something, p. 152-153).


  1. Time goes by so quickly then all of a sudden your kids are grown and gone. I cherish the bonus years that I have with my youngest even though I wish she could get married and have a family of her own.

    I have never heard anyone say that they wished that those years went by faster but almost everyone misses family when they are gone.

    I love the quote.


  2. AMEN! Nothing can substitue for family time…nothing. It’s the energy that holds the nucleus together. It is binding, building and a blessing to the relationships within the family unit.

    Thanks for sharing the quote. Good reminder!


  3. This is a great quote. Thanks for posting. I’m looking for family related quotes to add to the book I’m compiling on family home evenings held by well-known LDS people, so this will do perfectly for one.

    By the way, I thought Millie (above) was a young Laura Bush for a moment ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Millie, welcome to the site!

    Janet, I hear you – everyone always tells young mothers to “enjoy this, they grow up so fast” but when you are knee deep in diapers and sleepless nights it feels like time is frozen. Then suddenly BAM! – they are entering their Senior year of High School, choosing colleges, filling out scholarship applications, talking about moving away from home…it’s all enough to make me want to sit down and cry! Time speeds up when we don’t want it to.

    Anne, your book sounds very cool. And yes, I agree – I think Millie’s photo IS actually Laura Bush! (or maybe they are related and I am starting to get celebrity readers ) ๐Ÿ™‚


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