“A family needs a father to anchor it.”- L. Tom Perry
"Noble fatherhood gives us a glimpse of the Divine." -James E. Faust
Those were just a few of the powerful quotes from LDS prophets and apostles shared by The Huffington Post in a Father's Day article that then shared this powerful video created by the Church:
Mary Bell, a Latter-day Saint and regular contributor to The Huffington Post, recently shared messages with mothers and fathers across the nation about the importance of the work they are doing as parents in a society that regularly devalues their sacrifice.
"Please know how grateful we are. You may not always get the recognition that you deserve. But society depends on the millions of small, unheralded things you do every day to bless the lives of your families. You helped to create life, and then you spend your lives helping others create beautiful lives worth living. We see you," she writes.
In a Mother's Day article, she writes, "Motherhood [and fatherhood] is a power as real as light. And the best moms [and dads] are filled with the light of love and peace that emanates originally from God (even if they are not aware of this connection)."
When sharing such powerful messages, there was no better place to turn to than quotes from LDS Church leaders. Here are among a few that she shared in the Mother's and Father's Day articles:
“Mothers are the moving instruments in the hands of Providence to guide the destinies of nations. . . . Mothers are the machinery that gives zest to the whole man, and guide the destinies and lives of men upon the earth." -Brigham Young
“Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar his face is to us.” -Ezra Taft Benson
“When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time.” -Neal A. Maxwell
But Bell notes that not all people are raised in ideal family situations. So, for Father's Day, she reminded all of us and the readers of The Huffington Post that:
"We also have a Dad we can’t physically see: our Heavenly Dad. Millions of people don’t get to have a good connection to their earthly fathers. But there can be great comfort in having a connection to the father of our deepest selves: our spiritual selves. We all have a mutual father in heaven, the father of our spirits, our Heavenly Father. He is always looking out for us. He is always good. We can trust Him. We don’t remember Him well right now, because we were sent here to earth to walk by faith. There is a 'veil' between us. But 'whispers' can reach through the veil. Life is short for us all, and we will see Him again."