Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful men in our lives! Men that lead by example, stay close to the Lord, and strive to live worthy of their priesthood authority are so very special. We love them and are incredibly grateful for them. They teach our children to be more like the Savior. They serve others without question. They have humble hearts. They are meek. They are strong. They are faithful. Men have "father hearts" just like women have "mother hearts" and even those without children can be incredibly influential in the lives of others by showing characteristics of good fathers. What a blessing for men to follow in the footsteps of their Heavenly Father, selflessly leading and serving those around them to allow them to receive choice blessings. I am thankful for my dad who has always led our family by example and always serving those around him. He continues to teach his children the importance of having a strong testimony in the gospel. His life was completely different before the church and I am grateful he turned around. I am grateful for my husband who is growing and improving every day. He is an excellent father who shows us the importance of drawing strength from heaven to accomplish his goals. My brothers are amazing dads, as is my father in-law and many other men in my life. I am so thankful for the examples I've had in my life of good fathers. I am thankful for the knowledge I have of a loving Heavenly Father. My soul misses Him and I am excited that I have an opportunity to one day see Him and get a hug again. I hope you are all able to share your love with your father, son, brother, uncle, or whatever other men in your life today that are influential and loving. Men often don't get the credit they should for all the work they do. They need encouragement and love and a shoulder to lean on sometimes. Take today to give them that and more and let them know how much you love them! Happy Father's Day!

Quoted from Spencer W. Kimball in April 1976 General Conference in a talk called "Boys Need Heroes Close By": 

Only a Dad

… But the Best of Men.

Only a dad, with a tired face,

Coming home from the daily race;

Bringing little of gold and fame

To show how well he has played the game,

But glad in his heart that his own rejoice

To see him come home and to hear his voice.

Only a dad, of a brood of four,

One of ten million men or more,

Plodding along in the daily strife,

Bearing the whips and scorns of life

With never a whimper of pain or hate,

For the sake of those who at home await.

Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,

Merely one of the surging crowd,

Toiling, striving, from day to day,

Facing whatever may come his way;

Silent, whenever the harsh condemn,

And bearing it all for the love of them.

Only a dad, but he gives his all

To smooth the way for his children small;

Doing, with courage stern and grim,

The deeds that his father did for him.

These are the lines that for him I pen;

Only a dad, but the best of men.


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