Sunday, June 15, 2008

52 Blessings Project: Week # 22

I am blessed with an excellent father who I can turn to when I need anything.
I am blessed that my kids think their dad is "the smartest, best, coolest, nicest, and funniest dad." (quote from Reagan)

A father's role in a family is vital. I am blessed to have grown up with such a good example in my life and that my kids are blessed with a loving father as well. I read this today and I think it really describes well how much a father does for his family & how much a family relies on a father... Families need fathers! :)

A Father’s Role in the Home
Mothers play an important role as the heart of the home, but this in no way lessens the equally important role fathers should play, as head of the home, in nurturing, training, and loving their children.

As the patriarch in your home, you have a serious responsibility to assume leadership in working with your children. You must help create a home where the Spirit of the Lord can abide. Your place is to give direction to all family life. You should take an active part in establishing family rules and discipline.

Your homes should be havens of peace and joy for your family. Surely no child should fear his own father—especially a priesthood father. A father’s duty is to make his home a place of happiness and joy. He cannot do this when there is bickering, quarreling, contention, or unrighteous behavior. The powerful effect of righteous fathers in setting an example, disciplining and training, nurturing and loving is vital to the spiritual welfare of his children.

Give Spiritual Leadership

With love in my heart for the fathers in Israel, may I suggest ten specific ways that fathers can give spiritual leadership to their children:

1. Give father’s blessings to your children. Baptize and confirm your children. Ordain your sons to the priesthood. These will become spiritual highlights in the lives of your children.

2. Personally direct family prayers, daily scripture reading, and weekly family home evenings. Your personal involvement will show your children how important these activities really are.

3. Whenever possible, attend Church meetings together as a family. Family worship under your leadership is vital to your children’s spiritual welfare.

4. Go on daddy-daughter dates and father-and-sons’ outings with your children. As a family, go on campouts and picnics, to ball games and recitals, to school programs, and so forth. Having Dad there makes all the difference.

5. Build traditions of family vacations and trips and outings. These memories will never be forgotten by your children.

6. Have regular one-on-one visits with your children. Let them talk about what they would like to. Teach them gospel principles. Teach them true values. Tell them you love them. Personal time with your children tells them where Dad puts his priorities.

7. Teach your children to work, and show them the value of working toward a worthy goal. Establishing mission funds and education funds for your children shows them what Dad considers to be important.

8. Encourage good music and art and literature in your homes. Homes that have a spirit of refinement and beauty will bless the lives of your children forever.

9. As distances allow, regularly attend the temple with your wife. Your children will then better understand the importance of temple marriage and temple vows and the eternal family unit.

10. Have your children see your joy and satisfaction in service to the Church. This can become contagious to them, so they, too, will want to serve in the Church and will love the kingdom.

Your Most Important Calling

Oh, husbands and fathers in Israel, you can do so much for the salvation and exaltation of your families! Your responsibilities are so important.

Remember your sacred calling as a father in Israel—your most important calling in time and eternity—a calling from which you will never be released.

May you always provide for the material needs of your family and, with your eternal companion at your side, may you fulfill your sacred responsibility to provide the spiritual leadership in your home.


Shan said...

Great post Nik! I love the quotes and the fun pictures of Greg!

Susana said...

Hi there,
I've linked to your post from two of my blogs:

I was surprised that you are LDS. I am too!

Michelle said...

Those are great pictures. The one of Greg in the pink glasses - classic!

Carolyn said...

Thanks for taking the time to post this! I copied it and am going to let Brady read it! They are great reminders. We all need reminders about our roles sometimes. There are so many things that are so important for our children to grow up with, and as busy as we are in our lives...if we pray daily, the Lord will let us know our true priorities in life.

dad said...

I'm grateful for the kind of dad Greg had. I only knew him briefly, but he impressed me with many great qualities.
I'm also grateful for the good & faithful husbands our daughters have.

Holly said...

Ditto Ditto! Dad- I am so sorry that I have not done a fathers day or bithday blog for you. It isn't because I didn't want to, it's just because I love sleeping more than Nikki does... :) I love you dad!

Great post Nikki! Next time sign it from all the daughters, OK? Oh- and could you do a little something to acknowledge Nathan next time too? Ok- great. Thanks! ;)