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The Role of a Father and Fulfilling Those Responsibilities

By Mormon.org
A father with his family

Dads Matter

Dad, your role in the family is irreplaceable. Our families need you, our communities need you, and society needs you. Media and the entertainment industry might downplay your importance in what Elder L. Tom Perry describes as “a classic case of a minority [of the population] masquerading as a majority,” but no one can take your place. Every member of a family adds value, but you have God-given responsibilities that only you can fulfill.

Listen as the words in this musical presentation describe some of your roles as father in your family.

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Lead Out in Love

Behind every great team is a great coach, behind every successful business is a successful president or CEO, and behind every strong family is a strong leader. Dad, you’ve been given that responsibility. If you are a father in a family, you are called upon to preside over your family in love. You are counseled to work side by side with your wife as you parent your children in unity and love, but we look to you to lead out. When you follow the counsel in Doctrine and Covenants 121:34–46 to lead with kindness, long-suffering, and gentleness and to avoid control and compulsion, you strengthen your family and fulfill your role as Dad with integrity.

Provide for Your Family

When Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, God said to Adam, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground” (Genesis 3:19). In other words, Father Adam was given the responsibility to work hard all his life to provide for himself and his family. The counsel to fathers is the same today. Dad, we don’t need it all, we just need to know you’ll provide.

Show Your Spiritual Side

Dad, we know you are tough and can handle a lot. But your family needs to see your soft side as well. Teach them about the things that matter most—those spiritual moments that help kids understand who they are as children of God and what they can accomplish in the strength of the Lord. They are looking to you for direction as they navigate the really tough questions. So lead out in family prayer, help them turn to the scriptures for answers, and be there to talk with them when they need the spiritual guidance only you can give. This role requires a little effort on your part, but when you fulfill this important aspect of fatherhood, your children will be richly blessed.

Dad, thanks for all you do. We know it might be tough at times, but you are vitally important to the family. So keep up the good work. And if you would like to learn more about the importance of your role as a dad, chat with a Mormon today.