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According to church reports, Eyring was invited to provide a “witness” at the international interreligious event organized by the Catholic Church, which brought together religious leaders from 14 faiths and 23 countries. The event will run through Wednesday.

"We must find ways to lead people to a faith that they can replace their natural self-interest with deep and lasting feelings of charity and benevolence," Eyring said. "With that change, and only then, will people be able to make the hourly unselfish sacrifices necessary for a happy marriage and family life — and to do it with a smile."

Eyring spoke of his own marriage and talked about being sealed in an LDS temple for time and all eternity. He said he and his wife choose to live in such a way as to receive the blessings of those temple promises. He admonished others to seek the happiness and joy that could be found in a loving marriage.

Eyring noted he and his wife have six children and 31 grandchildren, and he announced to a rousing round of applause from those gathered at the colloquium that the day he arrived in Rome he was informed of the arrival of their first great-grandchild.

"The change that is needed is in people’s hearts more than in their minds," Eyring said. "The most persuasive logic will not be enough unless it helps soften hearts. For instance, it is important for men and women to be faithful to a spouse and a family. But in the heat of temptation to betray their trust, only powerful feelings of love and loyalty will be enough.

" ‘Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. "Children are an heritage of the Lord" (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives — mothers and fathers — will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

" ‘The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.

" ‘By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.’ "

"As we work to build and encourage faithful, loving marriages in which men and women become as one and nurture their families, the Lord will multiply our efforts," Eyring said. "As we join together in this work, I promise progress toward that happy result. In the name of Jesus Christ, whom I serve and whose witness I am, amen."

"The crisis in the family has produced an ecological crisis for social environments, [and] like natural environments, need protection," Pope Francis said. "Commit yourselves, so that our youth do not give themselves over to the poisonous environment of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love."

"We went to sacrament meeting in Rome 1 (first ward) where the speakers were Bishop Causse, Elder Perry, and President Eyring. President Eyring‘s talk was incredible," wrote Elder Carson Perry. "He was constantly making jokes and trying to say words in Italian, yet then other times he would get emotional and bear a really strong witness.

"His Italian went pretty well. He correctly said Buongiorno, nuovo, and ristorante, and with each correctly pronounced word, he gained more confidence. Then he tried to say "tecnologia" at one point, and he stumbled on it a bit and then laughed and said "whatever" and moved on.

"The best part of the whole day though was probably right before we began dinner. We were in the kitchen when they all arrived at the mission home and we saw President Eyring enter, but we decided not to rush him, and just stay put in the kitchen. The next thing we know, his tall frame is in the doorway and he’s shaking my hand saying "Hi, I’m Hal Eyring."

"The rest of the night he always went out of his way to make us feel important and ask us about our lives. It was great. He looked really healthy too, as did Elder Perry. All this despite the fact that they were probably running on very few hours of sleep."

"It was kept a secret which ward they would attend, so there weren’t all that many people there to what there could have been. They (Eyring, Perry and Causse) were reverently conducted in and out of the chapel, and even though it was a great honor to have them there in the meeting, they made sure that the focus was still on the Savior the entire time.