No success in life compensates for failure in the home

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Teachings of David O. McKay: The Importance of a Strong Family

I recently gathered some interesting back story, along with an intriguing mystery about this quote. McCulloch, to be exact. However, I have tried and failed to find a bio or a photo of the man.

“No Other Success”: Unlocking The McKay McCulloch Mystery

This very famous statement by David O. McKay has kicked up quite a conversation in my circles lately. There is something in the depths of the human soul which revolts against neglectful parenthood. God has implanted deep in the souls of parents the truth that they cannot with impunity shirk the responsibility to protect childhood and youth. There seems to be a growing tendency to shift this responsibility from the home to outside influences, such as the school and the church.

President David O. McKay made this statement, as far as I can tell, at least twice from the pulpit during general conference; once as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in April , and once as president of the church in April In such a home God can work miracles and will work miracles. However, I have learned a little bit about the man. One thing which poor Southern universities have going for them is that their libraries are often crammed with all sorts of odds and ends that completely missed the boat sailing down the academic mainstream.

In , President David O. A half-century ago, on September 30, , President David O. Surely everyone gathered inside the Tabernacle—or viewing or listening to the conference from afar—sat up in his or her seat a bit taller as the leonine prophet began to speak. For any Latter-day Saint under 60, the year-old President McKay had been a source of comfort and counsel their entire life. Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in at the age of 32, he radiated influence that would survive his apostolic tenure. Yet on this opening day of general conference in , President McKay was a man deep into the winter of his life.

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I believe that how you were raised will shape you for the rest of your life. This is why I cannot understand why many people take such little care in ensuring that their children are not exposed to harmful people or ideas during their childhood. This amazes me. Think about how your upbringing shaped you. And yet, really, you are the way you are because of how you grew up.

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