In a recent talk, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles in the church, declared, "As a Church, we believe in fathers. We believe in “the ideal of the man who puts his family first.” We believe that “by divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.” We believe that in their complementary family duties, 'fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.'We believe that far from being superfluous, fathers are unique and irreplaceable."
There is not a suitable substitute for the divine role and calling of fatherhood. God himself has made it known that, " This is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39) This is the exact work that the Savior Jesus Christ, and our Father in Heaven have called fathers to do while here in mortality. Fathers are leaders. Fathers are providers and protectors. Their daily sacrifice to work in support and care of their families is love in action.
Elder Christofferson goes on to say," For men, fatherhood exposes us to our own weaknesses and our need to improve. Fatherhood requires sacrifice, but it is a source of incomparable satisfaction, even joy. Again, the ultimate model is our Heavenly Father, who so loved us, His spirit children, that He gave us His Only Begotten Son for our salvation and exaltation. Jesus said, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' Fathers manifest that love as they lay down their lives day by day, laboring in the service and support of their families."
A loving father knows that seeking for happiness outside of family life, is a wasted effort. True joy is found at home and the father can, and should be, the facilitator in leading his family to those places and principles of lasting happiness. Children need fathers. Wives need husbands.
Elder Christofferson puts it this way," Perhaps the most essential of a father’s work is to turn the hearts of his children to their Heavenly Father. If by his example as well as his words a father can demonstrate what fidelity to God looks like in day-to-day living, that father will have given his children the key to peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come. A father who reads scripture to and with his children acquaints them with the voice of the Lord."
To all the fathers, I say, we need you. The problems in the world would all come to nothing
if there was love at home given as only a father can give. Stay strong in this most important
of roles and callings. God is pleased with your efforts to be there for your families and do
what only you can do.
In every good thing the fathers of the world are emulating the very work of God. Yours is the work of eternity.
Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints