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Fatherhood - sacred responsibility and how to do it

I am responsible for occasionally teaching a group of men at church. Last Sunday was my turn. I prepared a lesson on fatherhood and leading or presiding in the home. The foundation of my lesson was based on a portion of The Family: A Proclamation to the World that reads “By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.” I used for source material the scriptures, Strengthening Our Families: An In-Depth Look at the Proclamation on the Family, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.


My notes (rough as they are) are below

  1. Equal partnership/sacred responsibility

    1. Adam & Eve – interdependence & equality

    2. Equality, not hierarchy

    3. Oneness

  2. Sacred responsibility of a father

    1. preside

    2. provide

  3. DC 121:39-43 – no power or influence

  4. Mark 9:35 – first shall be last

  5. Principle centered family leadership

    1. Modeling

    2. Mentoring

    3. Organizing

    4. Teaching

  6. important versus urgent

  7. mistakes


It is always a good sign when the material generates discussion, but that left me without time to adequately explore the last couple points. There was a good spirit and hopefully everyone took away from the class a reminder how important fatherhood is and some tools to be good at it


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