Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
~ Theodore Hesburgh
"...a father's calling is eternal, and its importance transcends time. It is a calling for both time and eternity" ("To the Fathers in Israel," Ezra Taft Benson: ("To the Fathers in Israel," Ensign, Nov 1987, 48.)
Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development.
~ David Gottesman
"Earn the respect and confidence of your children through your loving relationship with them. A righteous father protects his children with his time and presence in their social, educational, and spiritual activities and responsibilities. Tender expressions of love and affection toward children are as much the responsibility of the father as the mother. Tell your children you love them" Howard W. Hunter: ("Being a Righteous Husband and Father," Ensign, Nov 1994, 49.)
A wise son maketh a glad father
~ Proverbs 10:1
Here's a great article by James E. Faust about being a good husband and father:
"Most men worry about succeeding in their life’s work and spend much time and effort at their profession. But I’ve learned that the way to put one’s professional life in order is to put one’s personal life in order. How can we be adequate at anything professionally without being adequate as men, husbands, and fathers first? "
A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
Another article by James E. Faust about how we can help strengthen the father:
"In order to strengthen the father in the home, I make two simple suggestions: first, sustain and respect the father in his position; second, give him love, understanding, and some appreciation for his efforts."
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~Clarence Budington Kelland
Happy Father's Day! I hope you are able to spend some time remembering and honoring your Father and the other 'Fathers' that have influenced your life.