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LDS CHURCH ENDORSES NATIONAL FAMILY WEEK

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enthusiastically endorsed National Family Week, which begins Nov. 24 and runs through Nov. 30.

In a statement, President Gordon B. Hinckley, world leader of the LDS Church and his two counselors - President Thomas S. Monson and President James E. Faust - said, "Husbands and wives have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children."They have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.

"Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities."

Church leaders said it is appropriate for the week to coincide with Thanksgiving.

"The family is ordained of God. It is traditional for families to be together during the holiday season. Happy families are paramount among the bless-ings for which gratitude should be expressed to the Lord," they said.

They also urged people to work for stronger families. "During the coming National Family Week and thereafter, we pray that responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere will promote measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."