3 Reasons Why Families That Play Together Stay Together

Growing up in a family that lived by the philosophy “work first, play later,” Saturdays were nearly always reserved for household chores and yard work. One Saturday morning, however, my siblings and I asked our parents if we could spend the day together at a local waterpark. Fully expecting the answer to be no, we were shocked and elated when the answer turned out to be yes. We all enjoyed this spontaneous activity, and have agreed since then that it was one of the most cherished family events we can remember.

Why did this simple experience prove to be so unforgettable for our family? Was it the sheer novelty of the event, or was it due to something else entirely?

The answer, it turns out, can be traced to a common saying that is both doctrinally and scientifically valid: “Families that play together stay together.” In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”—published 20 years ago by the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—it states that successful marriages and families are built not only upon principles of faith, love, and work (among others), but also on “wholesome recreational activities.”[1] Adding further light to this prophetic statement, a large body of scientific evidence has identified three key reasons why families that play together stay together. 

15 Signs You Might Be a Texas Mormon

If you’ve ever been to Texas, then you know that it’s a world all of its own. And if you are, or know a Mormon, then you are probably familiar with some of the cultural quirks and traditions. Texas Mormons combine a rich heritage with ardent pride in their culture and state, resulting in a wonderful and unique group of people. Here are 15 tell-tale signs you might just be a Texas Mormon. 

6 Talks to Give You Strength in Trials

Adversity is a persistent part of mortality and something that all people, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status, will surely face in this life. In times of suffering, pain, and heartache, it is easy to lose hope and let our challenges overcome us. Yet, as we turn to the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and trust in God and His plan for us, we can find strength, courage, and hope.

Below are six talks that I have found particularly meaningful as I have struggled through my own personal trials and adversity.

Dispelling 5 More Myths about Mormons

Last August, we published a post titled “Dispelling 5 Myths about Mormons.” This week, we address 5 more myths about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

16 Little-Known Facts About LDS Temples

Temples are sacred places of worship for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

With over 143 operating LDS temples around the world, there are bound to be some stories and facts you haven't heard before. Our first article in this series covered 20 interesting things about temples, and here we present 16 additional little-known facts about LDS temples.