1 – Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—
1. The father of our home leads our family
With wisdom’s light in all that’s right;
My father’s good to me.
Fathers are so special with a very special love.
They watch us and protect us.
They guide us and direct us
Back to our home above.
2. The father of our ward tends with loving care
Each member’s needs with kindly deeds;
Our bishop’s always there.
3. And now we’ll sing great praise and rev’rently recall
The Holy One who gave his Son,
The Father of us all.
1. O my Father, thou that dwellest
In the high and glorious place,
When shall I regain thy presence
And again behold thy face?
In thy holy habitation,
Did my spirit once reside?
In my first primeval childhood
Was I nurtured near thy side?
2. For a wise and glorious purpose
Thou hast placed me here on earth
And withheld the recollection
Of my former friends and birth;
Yet ofttimes a secret something
Whispered, “You’re a stranger here,”
And I felt that I had wandered
From a more exalted sphere.
3. I had learned to call thee Father,
Thru thy Spirit from on high,
But, until the key of knowledge
Was restored, I knew not why.
In the heav’ns are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I’ve a mother there.
4. When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I’ve completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you.
*For Younger Children* Read “Father’s Day Detective”. Make a list or draw things you love about your Dad. Testify of the divine role of Fathers.
Read “Father’s Day Detective”
Father’s Day was coming and I didn’t have a clue what to give my dad. What could he need that he didn’t already have? I decided I had to become a detective to find out.
When Dad came home from work, I was ready. I had a small notebook and pencil to write down clues. I listened carefully and watched closely everything that happened.
First, my dad walked in the door and said, “I’m home.” My mom said, “Welcome home, dear,” and gave him a kiss. Then Dad put his briefcase down by the bookcase. He took some coins and keys from his pockets, and put them on a shelf. Then he took off his coat and tie and hung them in his closet. He rolled up his sleeves and washed up for dinner.
After dinner, Dad cleared the table and washed the dishes. Then he read the newspaper and listened to music. After family prayer I went to bed, still clueless about what my dad needed.
The next morning I decided to try again. I got out my notebook and watched. It wasn’t long before I finally had the clue I’d been looking for.
First, Dad came into the kitchen tying his tie. He said, “Good morning, everyone,” and took a sip of orange juice. “I’ve got to hurry today,” he said. He was putting the coins back in his pocket when he stopped and looked around.
“Have you seen my keys?” he asked me.
I jumped up and found them on the floor near the bookcase.
“Thanks, sweetheart,” he said, kissing my cheek. “Lucky for me you have such sharp eyes.”
He waved good-bye, and I returned his wave with a big grin. I was happy because now I knew exactly what to make my dad for Father’s Day.
I asked my mom for a clean, empty tin can with the top removed. She made sure there were no sharp edges. I covered the outside of the can with gold paper. From some old magazines I cut out pictures of things that had to do with money and keys—a piggy bank, a treasure chest, a door lock, and a sports car. I glued the pictures onto the gold paper. My mom then sprayed the can with a clear sealant. While I waited for the can to dry so I could wrap it, I made a card for my dad with a drawing of a detective on it.
On Father’s Day, when Dad opened my gift, he looked confused. “This is a very pretty tin can,” he said.
“It’s for your extra coins,” I pointed out. “And so you don’t lose your keys anymore.”
Dad’s eyes lit up and he smiled broadly. Right then and there he got up and put the can on the bookshelf. “Perfect,” he said as he dropped his coins and keys in with a clatter. “How did you know this was exactly what I needed?”
I just smiled.
My dad used that tin can every day after that. Whenever I heard the familiar clatter of coins and keys, I felt happy inside. That sound meant my dad was home. And I felt a surge of love for him, knowing that I had been able to give him something he really needed. All I had to do was open my eyes and look for the clues.
Make a list or draw things you love about your Dad.
Testify of the divine role of Fathers.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Read the excerpt from Elder Ballard’s Priesthood Session Address, October 2009. Watch “A Father Indeed”. Discuss and express gratitude for your father. Acknowledge the fact that we all have a Heavenly Father who loves us. Testify of the divine role of Fathers.
Read the following excerpt from Elder Ballard’s October 2009 Conference Address in the Priesthood Session. Although his words were addressed to the Aaronic Priesthood, his advice is applicable to all of us as we honor our father’s.
“Tonight I want to give you . . . three simple suggestions on how to take full advantage of your relationship with your dad. . . I believe that by doing these three simple things you can make your relationship with your father even better than it is right now.”
“First, trust your father. He is not perfect, but he loves you and would never do anything he didn’t think was in your best interest. So talk to him. Share your thoughts and feelings, your dreams and your fears. The more he knows about your life, the better chance he has to understand your concerns and to give you good counsel. When you put your trust in your dad, he will feel the responsibility of that trust and try harder than ever to understand and to help. As your father, he is entitled to inspiration on your behalf. His advice to you will be the heartfelt expressions of someone who knows and loves you. Your dad wants more than anything for you to be happy and successful, so why would you not want to trust someone like that? Boys, trust your dad.”
“Second, take an interest in your father’s life. Ask about his job, his interests, his goals. How did he decide to do the work that he does? What was he like when he was your age? How did he meet your mother? And as you learn more about him, you may find that his experiences help you to better understand why he responds the way that he does. Watch your dad. Watch how he treats your mother. Watch how he performs his Church callings. Watch how he interacts with other people. You will be surprised what you learn about him just by watching him and listening to him. Think about what you don’t know about him and find out. Your love, admiration, and understanding will increase by what you learn. Boys, be interested in your dad’s life.”
“And third, ask your father for advice. Let’s be honest: he is probably going to give you his advice whether you ask for it or not, but it just works so much better when you ask! Ask for his advice on Church activity, on classes, on friends, on school, on dating, on sports or other hobbies. Ask for his counsel on your Church assignments, on preparing for your mission, on decisions or choices you have to make. Nothing shows respect for another person as much as asking for his advice, because what you are really saying when you ask for advice is, “I appreciate what you know and the experiences you have had, and I value your ideas and suggestions.” Those are nice things for a father to hear from his son.”
Watch “A Father Indeed”
Discuss and express gratitude for your father. Acknowledge the fact that we all have a Heavenly Father who loves us.
Testify of the divine role of Fathers.
Oatmeal Brownie Strawberry Shortcakes or Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips
Oatmeal Brownie Strawberry Shortcakes
1(18.3 oz) Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix
1 cup rolled oats
2 1/4 cups whipping cream, divided
1 large egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (I use chunks)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 pints (6 cups) fresh strawberries, diced and macerated in a little granulated sugar
Preheat your oven to 350°F
In a bowl, combine the brownie mix, oats, 3/4 cup of cream and egg in large bowl and mix well. Mix in chocolate chips or chunks.
Drop large tablespoonfuls of brownie mixture on to greased cookie sheets. Yields approximately 16 cookies.
Bake for 10 to 12minutes or until set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cool completely.
Whip the remaining 1 1/2 cups whipping cream and powdered sugar in medium bowl; beat on high until stiff peaks form.
To make the shortcakes, place 1 brownie cookie on each individual dessert plate or shallow bowl. Top each with strawberries, whipped cream and another cookie. Top each stack with dollop of whipped cream and a little strawberries.
Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips
1 kiwi, peeled and diced
1 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
4 oz. raspberries
8 oz. of strawberries, diced
1 Tablespoons white sugar
1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor (I used my strawberry freezer jam)
10 small flour tortillas (the fajita size that’s about 7 inches)
4 Tablespoons melted butter (or butter flavored cooking spray)
2 cups cinnamon sugar
1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3.Coat one side of each flour tortilla with melted butter (or butter flavored cooking spray). Sprinkle tortillas with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Using a pizza cutter, cut each tortilla in half and then cut each half into 4 wedges. Arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. (if using cooking spray, spray tortillas again with cooking spray).
4.Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture. Best when made and eaten the same day otherwise the fruit gives off so too much juice and it gets runny. Serves around 5-6.
(Recipes taken from www.RealMomKitchen.com)
1- Write letters/make cards for your Fathers, Grandfathers, and other special men in your life.
2- Play your Dad’s favorite game!
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.