One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
I strongly believe in this saying. The following story is about my dad and how through his example he taught me many things.
The way my dad treats his brothers and sisters is truly Christ-like. Every aunt and uncle of mine has fallen away from the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Each has been and/or currently reliant on my dad for financial and/or emotional aide. The way they have used my dad to alleviate some of their consequences with little to no gratitude is astounding. I remember telling him when I was younger that he is weak for not being able to say no to them. He would quietly hear my "wisdom" and continue helping them. As I grow closer to my Heavenly Father and learn more about my savior, Jesus Christ, I have grown a deeper appreciation and understanding for my dad. He, through his actions, has shown me true unconditional love. I hope one day I can be strong enough to serve someone in need even if I don't receive recognition for it.
I can rely on my dad for strength and support. Because my dad held high expectations for his daughters, we have been able to go to college, serve in the church and do hard things. My dad is the one who helped me understand who I was and how I can become a better version of me.
Through my father's righteous example, I can feel my Heavenly Father's love for me. I can understand a little more clearly the love God has for me. I can better comprehend how my Heavenly Father teaches and guides me to be a divine daughter of God by how my dad teaches and guides me to be a better person. I love my dad and my Heavenly Father. I am grateful to know them and I am more grateful that they are a part of my life. And although I can never repay them for all they have taught and given me, I can at least make them proud of who I've become.
Happy (belated) Fathers Day