The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Fathers

"One of the greatest things a man can do for his children is to love his wife and let them know he loves her. A father has the responsibility to lead his family by desiring to have children, loving them, and by letting virtue garnish his thoughts unceasingly (see D&C 121:45). This is one of the great needs today."—Ezra Taft Benson, God, Family, Country, p. 185 

"A man who holds the priesthood regards the family as ordained of God. Your leadership of the family is your most important and sacred responsibility. The family is the most important unit in time and in eternity and, as such, transcends every other interest in life."—Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, Nov. 1994, page 50

"Husbands, live the gospel, be kind to your wives. You cannot serve acceptably in the Church if there is conflict at home. Fathers, be kind to your children. Be companionable with them. As hard as you may labor in gathering the necessities of the world, no asset you will ever have will compare with the love and loyalty of the woman with whom you joined hands over the altar in the temple, and the affection and respect of your children."—President Gordon B. Hinckley, Some Thoughts on Temples, Retention of Converts, and Missionary Service, General Conference, October 1997

"Fathers everywhere, consider the gift of love you can give your children when you are worthy and you lay your hands upon their heads to pronounce inspired father's blessings as the family patriarch. They will feel a continuing outpouring of your love, which will keep them close to you and to the Lord. You will not have to 'seek them out' later."—Elder Gardner H. Russell, Touching the Hearts of Less-Active Members, General Conference, October 1986

"Yes, these times require great things from fathers, and so does the Lord. Three requirements are: create a home where love and the Spirit of the Lord may abide; bring up children in light and truth; and set your homes in order."—President Ezra Taft Benson, Great Things Required of Their Fathers, General Conference, April 1981

"If a father's love for his sons is strong, and from their infancy he has taken them into his arms in loving embrace and let them feel the warmth of his affection for them, I believe that such comradeship will ripen with maturity and keep them near when a crisis in the boy's life requires the steadying hand of a father who understands."

Harold B. Lee 
"Decisions for Successful Living", p. 24

"... I believe there is no finer relationship in all the world than the special one that can exist between a father and his children--a relationship born of love and those deep abiding feelings which are initially there by instinct and later nurtured and developed by love and kindness and consideration....

"I am impressed by the fact that the plan of redemption and salvation for all mankind was worked out between a father and his son, even God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

"I believe that one of the significant parts of the Joseph Smith story was when the angel Moroni told young Joseph to go to his father and relate to him everything that had happened.

"Even in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lord was careful to recognize the relationship of this young boy to his father, and he made sure that nothing would damage it. Yes, the association of a father with his children can and should be a very special one." - Loren C. Dunn, "This Is My Beloved Son," Ensign, Dec. 1971, 47

“It is the duty of the older members, the fathers, uncles, grandfathers, cousins, and so forth, who have this testimony in their hearts, to establish it in the hearts of these growing young men, so that at such time as they may come to us and offer their services that they may have a living testimony that Christ is the Son of God, that the Church was authoritatively organized, that the priesthood is in the earth, all of which is essential to the exaltation of men.” - Antoine R. Ivins, “Conference Report,” October 1958, First Day—Morning Meeting, p. 10

“Tonight I want to give you young men three simple suggestions on how to take full advantage of your relationship with your dad. And then I want to give you fathers three suggestions about relating to and communicating with your sons.

“To you Aaronic Priesthood holders, I believe that by doing these three simple things you can make your relationship with your father even better than it is right now.

“First, trust your father….

“Second, take an interest in your father’s life….

“And third, ask your father for advice….

“First, fathers, listen to your sons—really listen to them….

“Second, pray with and for your sons….

“Third, dare to have the “big talks” with your sons.” – M. Russell Ballard, “Fathers and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship,” Ensign, November 2009

"And, as Carlyle has said: 'Remember that thy life is not an idle dream, it is a sacred reality, all thine own, and the only thing thou hast with which to face eternity.' So, we believe in a real God, who is really our Father, as Paul has declared—'We have had fathers of the flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence'—they were real beings; there was nothing mystical about them—'should we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of our spirits and live?' He is the Father of our spirits, and he is just as real a being as was the one whom we knew and called father in the flesh." - Heber C. Iverson, "Conference Report," June 1919, Afternoon Session., p. 108

"In order to strengthen the father in his position, I make two simple suggestions: first, sustain and respect the father in his position; second, give him love, understanding, and some appreciation for his efforts." - James E. Faust, "Happiness Is Having a Father Who Cares," Ensign (CR), January 1974, p. 22

So how do you raise a girl? Love her mother. Lead your family to the temple, be guardians of virtue, and magnify your priesthood. Fathers, you have been entrusted with our Heavenly Father’s royal daughters. They are virtuous and elect. It is my prayer that you will watch over them, strengthen them, model virtuous behavior, and teach them to follow in the Savior’s every footstep—for He lives! - Elaine S. Dalton, "Love Her Mother," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Of all the other titles that He could have used, He chose to be called “Father.” The Savior commanded, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven” (3 Nephi 13:9; see also Matthew 6:9). His use of the name “Father” is a lesson for all as we come to understand what it is that matters most in this life. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Witness,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

It must be difficult, at best, for covenant men to live in a world that not only demeans their divine roles and responsibilities but also sends false messages about what it means to be a “real man.” One false message is “It’s all about me.” On the other end of the scale is the degrading and mocking message that husbands and fathers are no longer needed. I plead with you not to listen to Satan’s lies! He has forfeited that sacred privilege of ever becoming a husband or father. Because he is jealous of those who have the sacred roles he will never fill, he is intent on making “all men … miserable like unto himself”! - Linda K. Burton, “We’ll Ascend Together,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

Should we not, then, develop a clear vision of our eternal destiny, particularly the one that Heavenly Father wants us to achieve—eternal fatherhood? Let our eternal destiny drive all of our decisions. Regardless of how difficult those decisions may be, Father will sustain us. - Larry M. Gibson, “Fatherhood—Our Eternal Destiny,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

A man who holds the priesthood leads his family in Church participation so they will know the gospel and be under the protection of the covenants and ordinances. If you are to enjoy the blessings of the Lord, you must set your own homes in order. Together with your wife, you determine the spiritual climate of your home. Your first obligation is to get your own spiritual life in order through regular scriptural study and daily prayer. Secure and honor your priesthood and temple covenants; encourage your family to do the same. - Howard W. Hunter, "Being a Righteous Husband and Father," Ensign (CR), November 1994, p. 49

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