Fathers everywhere, you have a wonderful opportunity to serve, make people laugh and to be a hero.
Your kids want:
- your attention,
- your kisses,
- your devotion and
- your jokes.
Believe in You
I believe in fathers. I believe in “the ideal of the man who puts his family first.” (Blankenhorn, Fatherless America, 5.) “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.” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129.)
We believe that in their complementary family duties, “fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.” Fathers are unique and irreplaceable (“Fathers,” Ensign, April 2020).
Fathers Can Be Heros
Being a family man is manly. A male friend of mine, who is a state champ basketball player and grew up being taught that trucks make a man, once told a room full of young men, “The most masculine feeling in the world is to have my beautiful wife and kids greet me after I pull into the drive way of the house I am paying for, after a hard day of work.”
Praying with your family is manly. It is smart to partner with the wisest powerhouse in the universe. It would be dumb to avoid the aid and protection that God gives those who come to Him. You want the best for your kids? Teach them to pray, too.
Having a tender heart is manly. Playing with, caring for, and loving your kids is satisfying and brings long lasting joy. Having a openly functional and loving relationship with your kids mom is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.
Be a hero. Be an attentive, devoted dad.