The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Honor Father and Mother

"Why does the Lord link the honoring of parents to a promise about long life--possibly even the survival of society? There is a special meaning, one whose depths we have not yet plumbed, in the relationship between the long-term liberty of society and our attitudes toward our progenitors and our posterity. We are more willing to exercise self-control and restraint when we see that our actions help ensure the survival of our posterity."

Bruce C. Hafen 
"The Waning of Belonging," 
"Ensign," Oct. 1989, 71

"As we honor father and mother by turning our hearts to them, the Lord turns both their promises and their hearts to us. We are promised that when this happens, our 'days may be prolonged,' that 'it may go well with [us], in the land which the Lord [our] God giveth' us (Deut. 5:16). And how is this promise to be fulfilled? Not only may we hope that our 'days may be long' (Ex. 20:12) but that our days and lives may be blessed with personal security, happiness, and meaning. Not only can we expect that 'it may go well' with us individually but that our entire culture will sustain itself with the blessings of peace and liberty. Somehow, our children's learning and accepting the accumulated wisdom of our fathers is the key to social as well as individual survival."

Bruce C. Hafen 
"Planting Promises in the Hearts of the Children," 
"Ensign," June 1994, 48

"The Lord said in another commandment: 'Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.' (Ex. 20:12.) The Lord gave no exceptions. Respect for father and mother is respect for your own birth and life."

Bernard P. Brockbank 
"The Ten Commandments," 
"Ensign," Dec. 1971, 62

"Is it likely that we will live longer if we honor father and mother? I am convinced that Jehovah knew whereof He wrote when His finger traced those words, with that remarkable promise. I am not here to say that in every case life will be lengthened and its quality improved simply by the process of honoring one's parents. But I do say, and without hesitation, that there is safety, there is protection, there is reward, there is happiness and satisfaction that come of respect for the counsels of one's parents who wish the very best for every son and daughter. Well did the writer of Proverbs say, 'A foolish son is grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.' (Prov. 17:25)"

Gordon B. Hinckley 
"Words of the Prophet: Love at Home," 
"New Era," Oct. 1999, 4

"There is no righteous way to avoid the commandment ‘Honour thy father and thy mother.’ (Ex. 20:12.) No family that hopes to endure eternally can exclude grandmother and grandfather, brothers and sisters, or other relatives. Heaven forbid that any family member—regardless of age—should be considered a burden. Wouldn't it be wonderful if family members would counsel together as they make plans to assist those in need?" - H. Burke Peterson, “Our Responsibility to Care for Our Own,” Ensign (CR), May 1981, p.81

“A child's heritage is his birthright and the privileges and possessions with which he is born, and is his usually as the result of the labors and sacrifices of the generations that have preceded him. Every soul who is true to the uplifting ideals and standards of his progenitors, honors his father and mother and inherits the blessings of a good name and security on this earth, but he dishonors his father and mother who thinks and acts below the spiritual and cultural standards marked out and lived by them.” – “The Teachings of Harold B. Lee,” edited by Clyde J. Williams, p. 633

"Now, then, we have to learn to love our fathers and mothers, and unless you learn to love your fathers and mothers and appreciate what they have done for you, then you are not grateful. If you cannot understated what God has done for you, and you cannot learn to love God, then you cannot pray to Him. I may be wrong in stating that you can't pray. You might practice until you can, but you don't feel satisfied after you have got through praying, and you don't feel like your prayers have ascended to the Father, because your prayers are not built on love and gratitude." - J. Golden Kimball, "Conference Report," April 1913, Overflow Meeting, p. 87

We encourage families to give their elderly parents and grandparents the love, care, and attention they deserve. Let us remember the scriptural command that we must care for those of our own house lest we be found “worse than an infidel.” (1 Tim. 5:8.) I am so grateful for my own dear family and for the loving care they have given their parents over so many years. - Ezra Taft Benson, "To the Elderly in the Church," Ensign (CR) November 1989

Incidentally, to this generation of young fathers I suggest that they spend overtime teaching their children the fifth commandment, which tells them to honor their parents. - S. Dilworth Young, “He Hath Showed Thee, O Man, What Is Good,” Ensign (CR) November 1978

Obey your parents in all things and comfort their hearts, for you have the power to do this. When they are weary and pressed with the cares of life, seek to ease their burdens and smile upon them in their hours of sorrow and you will cast a charm of joy and peace around them which they cannot obtain from any other source. - "The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff," edited by G. Homer Durham, p. 267

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