Brother Larry M. Gibson, First Counselor of the Young Men General Presidency, spoke about fatherhood at the Priesthood Session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Brother Gibson said the men of the Church should develop a clear vision of their eternal destiny, that being eternal fatherhood.
“Let our eternal destiny drive all of our decisions,” Brother Gibson said. “Regardless of how difficult those decisions may be, Father will sustain us.”
Brother Gibson said children should know how much their father loves their mother.
“They will learn how to treat their future wife and children as they watch you treat each one of them just as Heavenly Father would,” he said. “Through your example, they can learn how to respect, honor and protect womanhood.”
Brother Gibson said fulfilling Aaronic Priesthood duties prepared young men for fatherhood.
“The Duty to God resource can help you learn about and make specific plans to fulfill your duties,” he said. “It can serve as a guide and assistance as you seek Heavenly Father’s will and set goals to accomplish it.”
Brother Gibson encouraged men to seek guidance from Heavenly Father in regards to becoming fathers.
“May we each enjoy the fullness of Father’s blessings in this life and the fulfillment of His work and His glory by becoming fathers for eternity,” he said.