Fatherhood is challenging for every man--and not even the apostles are perfect. But like many others they've learned valuable lessons from their parents and from being parents themselves. Here are a few select stories--sweet, funny, and poignant--from and about the current Church leaders on fatherhood.
Thomas S. Monson
President Monson and son Clark fishing. Photo from President Monson's biography, To The Rescue.
Though President Monson often stayed late at the office, he was a dad when he was home. He mowed the lawn with the help of the boys. He planted a vegetable garden and enlisted the children to pull weeds; he took them bowling and to the movies, swimming at the Deseret Gym, sleigh riding in winter, and to the Pioneer Day parade in the summer. For the parade, they set up chairs in front of his father's printing enterprise on Main Street and cheered for President Monson's brother Bob when he rode by on his horse, positioned on the front row of the Ute Rangers and carrying the organization's flag. Often, President Monson took the boys fishinhg and duck hunting, two of their favorite passtimes.
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Maya Gupta is a survivor. After escaping an impending arranged marriage in India as a teenager, she has thrived in America. But now she faces her greatest challenge yet — cancer has invaded her life, and unless she find a way to participate in a clinical trial in Washington, DC, this may be one battle she loses. When Maya's best friend Kari offers Maya the lifeline of a place to stay — her brother's currently vacant DC apartment — the young woman eagerly accepts and goes to meet her fate. . .
Though he isn't Mormon, C.S. Lewis is almost as well-known as the general authorities in the LDS church. Find out three reasons why Mormons have a special place in their talks and comments for the famous author.
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C.S. Lewis is a legend in the Mormon world. He has been quoted countless times in General Conference and in church magazines. His books are widely read by children and adults alike, but he seems to have a special niche within the Latter-day Saint community. (In fact, S. Michael Wilcox named him one of the 10 great souls he wants to meet in heaven!) We did a little digging to find out just why and came up with the top three reasons.
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Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She's always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.
Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can't—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.
My dad has always been a good man, but growing up I wanted nothing more than for my dad to be baptized. Little did I know, I would be the one to baptize him.
When I was young, I wanted nothing more than for my dad to join the Church. I grew up with the best dad in the world. For my dad, family comes first. He was raised a Baptist, and has a strong testimony of the Savior and His eternal mission.
Even though he wasn’t a member of the Church, he married one, and was fairly active in our LDS ward. He even fulfilled a few Church assignments in Scouts and other areas when asked.
Sharing My Testimony Through Example
I have the utmost respect for my dad and never wanted to disrespect him by challenging his faith with my own. At a young age I decided that the way I would share my testimony with my dad, would be through example. When it came time for me to be baptized, he was hesitant. He wanted to make sure I understood the covenant I was making before he gave me permission, but once he was satisfied, he supported me in my decision. Little did he know that his letting me be baptized would lead to his eventual conversion.
In later years, when it came time for me to serve a mission, I never had a second thought. I needed to be the best example for my dad. I knew that the Lord would bless my family while I was away, but I wondered what effect my mission would have on my dad.