Latter-day Saint Life

6 Reasons Dads Are Irreplaceable


In a time when the world continually strives to downplay the role of fathers, it is especially important to be reminded of their eternal identity and purpose. Here six ways Elder Christofferson reminds us of the role and value of fathers in his book, The Good That Men Can Do:

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As a Church, we believe in fathers. We believe in "the ideal of the man who puts his family first."

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We believe that in their complementary family duties,

"fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners."

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For men, fatherhood exposes us to our own weaknesses and our need to improve.

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Certainly teaching the gospel is a shared duty between fathers and mothers, but the Lord is clear that He expects fathers to lead out in making it a high priority.

(And let's remember that informal conversations, working and playing together, and listening are important elements of teaching.)

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A father who reads scripture to and with his children acquaints them with the voice of the Lord.

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We believe that, far from being superfluous, fathers are unique and irreplaceable.

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"Fathers are fundamental in the divine plan of happiness," writes Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "I want to raise a voice of encouragement for those who are striving to fill well that calling. I wish to focus on the good that men can do in the highest of masculine roles: husband and father."

Based on his "Fathers" talk, given during the April 2016 general conference, this thoughtful new book contains insights and inspiration about the eternal role of men. Complete with beautiful photography and typography, The Good That Men Can Do uplifts, encourages, and honors husbands and fathers of all ages and walks of life as they share responsibility with our Heavenly Father to nurture His children. The Good That Men Can Do is available at Deseret Book stores and on


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