As a little girl, my Dad was my hero and my world. I never wanted to disappoint him as I loved him too much and I knew he loved me, just as much.
My Dad helped me through so many scary and hard journeys in my childhood, teenage years, and as an adult. I always could rely on my Dad being my ROCK, the steady-Eddy, a voice of reason, and a soft place to fall. With him, I was always guaranteed a hug that made me remember how much I was loved, and that anything I was worried about would somehow “work out”.
My Dad had that kind of calming effect on me. His influence and love has helped to shape me. He always pointed me to THE rock, Jesus Christ, through his example, words, and unselfish sacrifice for family and God. Whatever good I have accomplished in the life I have lived, I was first influenced by my Dad.
In The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, there is a place where a son talks about the influence of his father. In Enos 1:1, it states:
“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—“
That impact from his father would ultimately bring Enos closer to the Savior by helping Enos repent and then desire to be a better person. That is how my Dad influenced me, “and blessed be the name of my God for it—“!!
So Dad, even though it has been hard having you gone these last couple of years, very hard, I will try to focus my heart on what you taught me so I can pass on your love of God and family to others. I want to keep your influence moving forward to bless my children, grandchildren, and generations beyond.
“…blessed be the name of my God for…”
righteous influential fathers.