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The Influence of a Good Father

By Mormon.org
father and daughter having fun

Dad, We Need You

Dads, can we talk candidly for a moment? Your families need you so much, and what you do matters. All too often, the world tries to feed you lies about your importance and influence as a father. If you were to take your cues from the media and other entertainment outlets, you might believe you are inadequate, out of touch, weak, or even expendable. But don’t listen to those lies. The work you do as a father, as Elder D. Todd Christofferson describes, is “the highest of masculine roles.”

These video messages highlight ways you can be an influence for good in the lives of your family members when you are motivated by love. Following each video are some ways you can have a positive impact on your family today.

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

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  • Provide for the temporal needs of your family.
  • Protect your family.
  • Look to God in faith as you lead your family.

Let Us Be Men

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  • Sacrifice for the good of your family.
  • Observe and meet the needs of your family.
  • Follow the example of Jesus Christ in your interactions with your family.

A Father Indeed

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  • Accept responsibility as a father, even through challenges.
  • Make time to play with your family.
  • Love unconditionally.

Love Her Mother

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  • Spend time with your family.
  • Talk and really listen to your family.
  • Teach your family.
  • Show by example what it means to be a righteous husband and father. 

As you consider your role and responsibilities as a father, remember that you have an important work meant just for you. Your family needs you, loves you, and supports you as you strive to be a good father. So keep up the good work. The influence you will have will not only impact them today but will stretch into eternity.