I loved the article by Julie Beck about how to prepare youth to defend the family. She starts of by asking young adults why they are taught so well? What is the goal of the teaching and guidance they receive in their church? She says one of the most important answers is one that she never hears: “So someday I will be a better mother or a better father.” This is the whole point of our life here on earth is to have a family. I love the quote by Elder Robert D. Hales that says, “The family is not an accident of mortality. It existed as an organizational unit in the heavens before the world was formed.” And our goal is to become eternal families that will continue in the next life. In order for this to become a reality in the lives of our children, we need to teach these important concepts to our children and enable them with tools to defend the family themselves. Sister Beck talks about the threats to the family that teach falsely that “family is becoming less important.” She discusses, to name a few, abortions, growing divorce rates, lower birth rates, abuse, the rising age of marriage, and public policies that are anti-family.
How crucial it is to teach our children of the importance of family, and instill in them the confidence that they can make that important decision and be a part of their own eternal family in the future. She ends with a wonderful quote by former prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, President Kimball:

“Many of the social restraints which in the past have helped to reinforce and to shore up the family are dissolving and disappearing. The time will come when only those who believe deeply and actively in the family will be able to preserve their families in the midst of the gathering evil around us. …

“… There are those who would define the family in such a nontraditional way that they would define it out of existence. …

“We of all people, brothers and sisters, should not be taken in by the specious arguments that the family unit is somehow tied to a particular phase of development a moral society is going through. We are free to resist those moves which downplay the significance of the family and which play up the significance of selfish individualism. We know the family to be eternal.”