Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
The church works to improve its image in England
BYU NewsNet 23May00 N1
By Daniel Davis: NewsNet Staff Writer
PROVO, UTAH -- Spencer J. Condie, Area Authority President for the
Northern Europe area of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, has invited the BYU School of Family Life to travel to
England. Four BYU professors from the School of Family Life will
help the English government to strengthen families and build morale.
James Harper, Wendy Watson, Randal Day and Thomas Holman will offer
lectures and firesides relating to surviving the teen years,
strengthening marriages, single parenting and finding a marriage
"We are one of the nation's strongest departments of family life," said
Harper who directs the school of family life. "This gives us an opportunity
to use our resources and educate people outside of the United States." The
team will split up to cover 12 or more cities. Harper reported that children
who have live-in family members and single parents are at the greatest risk
of child abuse. " The United Kingdom has one of the highest rates of
co-habitation in the world," Harper added.
"About two years ago, the English government sent out a general offer to
everyone in England regarding building the family unit," Harper said. "The
LDS church jumped at that offer." "It was a way for us to help them
(Britian) bring the church out of obscurity." "We want to show the people
of England that Mormons stand for traditional and moral families."
Dee Giles, a senior from Nogales, Arizona is majoring in public relations
at BYU. "My roots are in England," he said. "I think family values need to
be taught around the world."