The nature of the family structure in Nephite culture is alluded to here. Like their Hebrew forbearers, the Nephites gathered in units of the extended family. This can be deduced from the definition of family that is given, his wife, and his sons, and his daughters, and their sons, and their daughters. Therefore, a man’s family consisted not only of his wife and children but also his grandchildren. This sort of extended family, by design, gives reverence and deference to the elders of society, relying on their wisdom and experience.