PROVO, Utah – Scholars from across the country came to Brigham Young University to attend the Wheatley Institute’s Roundtable on Family and discuss the negative effects society has had on the family.
Mary Eberstadht, the conference’s keynote speaker, talked about research that shows a correlation between religious observance and strong family ties. She claimed the world’s view on the family has changed over the last 50 years, and praised communities like Provo that promote family values.
“Well, I think it’s especially important because so many places are no longer open to the ideas of family and faith,” Eberstadht said.
Her research also showed that society is devaluing masculinity and 30% of adopting parents prefer girls over boys. During the roundtable discussions, the audience was encouraged to speak up for traditional marriage and family values.
BYU’s selection as the host for this conference is a nod to the school’s and the community’s emphasis on strengthening families.
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