Spencer W Kimball – Would you think me naive / Bread and jam and Mama

From Spencer W Kimball’s “Miracle of Forgiveness” page 69-70

Of course it is recognized that some widows and occasionally wives with families at home must work to support their families. But this ought not to be done where avoidable. Mothers of unmarried children should come home and, where necessary, let standards of living and luxury reduce to a point where the salary of the husband will suffice. The numerous luxuries are far too costly when a marriage and children’s welfare are on the scales. The point is underlined in a sermon by Elder Boyd K. Packer: … I would go back to the home that has a mother there. I ask you … what good is a big picture window and the lavish appointments and the priceless decor in a home if there is no mother there? The mother as a mother, not as a breadwinner, is an essential figure in this battle against immorality and wickedness. I would also go back to the family where children were accountable and where father was the head of the family.

Would you think me naive if I were to propose that this battle ultimately will be won on such simple grounds as the children coming in after school to homemade bread and jam and Mama there? Or on such grounds as Daddy and Mama taking their youngsters to Sacrament meeting? Or that tender hug as they are put to bed and Daddy and Mama saying, “We need you in this family. You are a part of us, no matter what your troubles are, you can come home.”

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