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Fatherhood

I have thought for many years about what it means to be called a father. I have been called dad more often than father but are they not much the same.  My small children have now grown up.  I am not alone in my experience as countless men share the calling. I have a father, he has a father and so on.  While we have discovered some of our family roots we don't know them all, yet each was an essential link in a chain of creation implemented by God in the Garden of Eden. It is about understanding who we are as individuals and human beings.
How important is this opportunity to share in creation? How does one describe the feeling of seeing their newborn child and thinking about the potential of their life?  What is the power or influence of a father or the lack thereof?  When viewed with an eternal perspective, understanding begins to unfold and we see why God is our Eternal Father.
Our first born was a boy followed by more boys and girls and now grandchildren.  The wonder of this experi…

Eternal Marriage, Families and the Family of God

The apostle Paul exclaimed "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named." Ephesians 3:14,15

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we teach that our relationships formed here on earth can continue in eternities. "The same sociality that exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory." (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2)

The family is a divine institution. There is a family in Heaven and on earth. God ordained it to be so and allows each of us to participate if we so choose. By observation it is his preferred pattern of human creation. It is more important than any other organization on the earth and the most important in heaven.  He ordained Marriage and the family.
There is no love formed if there is no creation. He joined man and woman for that purpose. How we use those powers to create is up to us. The consequences of how we use th…

Why did Jesus have to die?

How does the life and death of a single person in the history of the world proclaim to offer our greatest desire?  That of eternal life.  What are the reasons to believe that he lived and died as the scriptures record. Is not time in history measured by reference to his birth and death? There are reasons to believe that he lives and stands at the head of His church that is on the earth today.  

Questions We Should Ask

Why could God the Father through omnipotent power not waive or forgive the the effects of sin from man without some offering? Why could He not overcome that one fateful incomprehensible event we call death by merely speaking? According to so many theologians and religious philosophers he created everything by speaking. Why not solve the issues of sin by such power?  What is the impact of what Christ did on the souls of mankind?  

His name is known among practically all nations and has been so for thousands of years.  He is the only person to promise that physical death will…