In 1832, the Lord clarified some principles of caring for the poor and the needy. One of those principles was that parents have the primary responsibility to provide for the needs of their children. "All children have claim upon their parents for their maintenance until they are of age" (Doctrine and Covenants 83:4). Maintenance refers to financial support, but more broadly... Continue Reading →

How Can I Be a Better Father?

Today is Father's Day, and I'm thinking about what I can do to be a better father. Here are ten principles the Book of Mormon teaches about being an effective father: 1. Give your children assignments, and trust that they can complete them. Behold I have dreamed a dream, in the which the Lord hath... Continue Reading →

What Are “Goodly Parents?”

The first Book of Mormon prophet, Nephi, opens his record by telling us that he was "born of goodly parents." What did he mean by "goodly?" In the next phrase, he provides some context: "Therefore," he says, "I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father" (1 Nephi 1:1). So he attributes his... Continue Reading →

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