Happy Father’s day to all you wonderful fathers out there! It seems like we just celebrated Mother’s Day, and here we are celebrating Father’s Day 2012.
Not only should we remember and celebrate our fathers and grandfathers on this day, it’s a time for us to remember our Father in Heaven, the God of us all.
When Jesus walked the earth he taught:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.”—Matthew 22:37-38
And indeed we should. The way we love God is by keeping his commandments, by doing our best to live a good Christian life, by loving others. In the First Epistle General of John, it reads:
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”—1 John 4:7-9
We also learn in the Book of Mormon that when we serve other people, we are serving God:
“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”—Mosiah 2:17
So in short, as we remember our earthly fathers, and our Heavenly Father, let us commit to being a little better, to loving a little more, to saying “thanks” a little more often to our God who gave us life.
Happy Father’s Day!