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My view: Brazilian families need to find more than protests and futbol

By Chris Ayres

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, July 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

The drug culture is devastating our young people. We're sick of corruption, poor education, full hospitals and no opportunities for growth. We're tired of families falling apart.

Strong families make a strong country

Violence will get us nowhere. We must act rationally, with the best tools we have, to transform our nation: by voting and organizing peaceful protests demonstrating united strength. We gently but firmly recapture the right to raise our families well: to earn our livelihoods honestly, with good jobs, better housing and access to decent health care and education.

True freedom comes only when we reject the evils that change has forced upon us: when we're prepared to base our society on the rule of law, trusting that our neighbors, and our own families, are good people. We must willingly accept responsibility for the moral education of our children. Let's stop complaining about what's wrong with Brazil and assume responsibility for our actions. Let's show the backbone to make the sacrifices required to make ours a better country.

It won't happen spontaneously. We can no longer wait to step up as fathers and mothers, husbands and wives. Our families are our responsibilities. It's up to us to teach them what's right — to teach them how to live and how to vote for honest, law-abiding leaders who put family values and national interests before their own.

We have more educational opportunities than ever. We have the capacity to instill better reason and greater discernment in our citizens, resulting in the peace and civility we seek. We must understand that education begins at home, in families structured with love, respect and divine principles. If we have strong families, our lives will be shaped toward the good; leaders with strong values will rise to power; and our country will grow stronger.

Let's take our national slogan, "Order and Progress," seriously for once. We must change the country and the world ourselves — and we have to start with order and discipline in our own homes. Without both, there's no hope for progress.

Christina Ayres is a Brazilian-Italian-American author of the best-seller "The Love Chest." Visit her website at www.chrisayresauthor.com.

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