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The Sacred Role of Fathers

A Father fulfilling his role to guide and protect his family illustrating by a Father and his family in a silhouette as the Father holds the hand of his child and they walk up a hill.

The role of a father is sacred. Read these 5 tips on how to be the best father you can be.

Every Father Can Be Kind

Kindness is a virtue in many cultures and religions. George Saunders, a noted author, said: “I’d say, as a goal in life, you can do worse than try to be kinder”.

Every Father Can Express Love

A father's role includes the expression of love—both in word and action. Howard W. Hunter stated: “A righteous father protects his children with his time and presence in their social, educational, and spiritual activities and responsibilities. Tender expressions of love and affection toward children are as much the responsibility of the father as the mother. Tell your children you love them”.

Every Father Can Teach for Understanding

The role of a father includes a responsibility to teach their children how to be responsible, honest, unselfish, kind and more. When a father shows love to their children, their children learn to understand the love God has for them. Ezra Taft Benson once said: “Great fathers lead their Children to Christ.”

Every Father Can Avoid Anger

Though the role of a father undoubtedly entails discipline and correction, it should never be done in anger. Harold B. Lee said: “A father may have to discipline his child, but he should never do it in anger. He must show forth an increase of love thereafter, lest that one so reproved were to esteem him to be an enemy (see D&C 121:43).” (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1996], 279).)

Every Father Can Put First Things First

Raising a family in righteousness takes sacrifice and selflessness. Father’s who put their homes above business or pleasure strengthen their souls and their families. David O. McKay said: “The poorest shack in which love prevails over a united family is of greater value to God and future humanity than any other riches. In such a home God can work miracles and will work miracles” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1964, 5). David O. McKay (1873-1970)

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