The “Earthly Father, Heavenly Father” video showcases an example of a righteous father on earth but also illustrates how our Father in Heaven feels about us.
President James E. Faust said: “Noble fatherhood gives us a glimpse of the divine attributes of our Father in Heaven. A father should be many things. He should magnify his priesthood and be an example of righteousness. In companionship with his wife, he should be the source of stability and strength for the whole family. He should be the protector and the provider and the champion of the members of his family. Much of his love for his children should flow from his example of love, concern, and fidelity for their mother. By his uncompromising example he should instill character into his children” (“Them That Honour Me I Will Honour,” April 2001 general conference).
Fatherhood is a calling from God. In life, we may seek different leadership roles, but the role of parent is the highest and noblest leader we can be.
Elder L. Tom Perry said this about fatherhood: “Fatherhood is leadership, the most important kind of leadership. It has always been so; it always will be so. Father, with the assistance and counsel and encouragement of your eternal companion, you preside in the home. It is not a matter of whether you are most worthy or best qualified, but it is a matter of [divine] appointment” (“Fatherhood, an Eternal Calling,” April 2004 general conference).
What are some things we must do as fathers?
1. Preside at the meal table, at family prayer, and at family home evening as guided by the Spirit.
2. Give father’s blessings.
3. Take an active part in establishing family rules and discipline.
4. Live a family-centered life.
5. Treat your wife as your equal.
6. Teach your children by your own righteous example.
7. Live and study and pray for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.
8. Provide for your family.
Above all, “the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother” (Theodore Hesburgh; see Elaine S. Dalton, “Love Her Mother,” October 2011 general conference).