Lessons from Fathers of Faith by Dave Maller, Luane Ingram, Gary Toyn and Michael Winder
(the book treats more people than are written of here)
President Spencer W. Kimball:
-President Spencer W Kimball offered a man full price on a car battery rather than sales price. He said treat me like any other customer not special because I am an Apostle, or else I’ll leave. If you treat me as an equal, I’ll be the best customer you’ve ever had. He helped the mechanic become active in the gospel and gave him car work for 20 years.
-He was very loyal; he told his children when they lived in Utah, “This is Utah. It is our home. So, it has the best scenery, and the prettiest girls.”
Elder Bruce R McConkie:
-said once you have read the Book of Mormon 4 times you’ll begin to get it. His children attest to this.
– had notes 18 inches high of his bible studies and threw them all away. At his daughters protest he said the notes were not important but the discipline he received from making them was.
-looked more at the scriptures themselves than at what others said of the scriptures.
-Ate peanut butter sandwiches because President Kimball liked to.
– Ate bread with milk for he said such has ever been the food of prophets.
-His children asked why a Santa Claus in a picture had a pipe in his mouth, he said after thinking a while, that the image was depicting Santa before he joined the Church.
-said true greatness is in the family nothing in Eternity can be greater nor a higher title than that of Father (*or mother naturally).
-his children asked him what a prophetess is like, he told them a prophetess is someone like your mother.
-Whenever he saw his children all through his life he kissed them on the forehead.
-His daughter attests that the thought of them being coerced to live the gospel is not at all what occurred in their home.
Elder Joseph B. Worthlin:
-make his children feel they were 1st priority
-had personal scripture study every morning, after which he typed the days’ schedule.
President John Taylor:
-when fleeing from persecution of mobs, his son cried and cried about the loss of a wooden toy horse. Then John Taylor disguised himself, and went back in the night, crossing the Missouri river in the night, and retrieved the toy for his son at the peril of his life.
President Wilford Woodruf:
-kept a daily journal since the day he was baptized to the day of his death (65 years)
President Brigham Young:
-felt so close to his father that he felt like the only child, and he was sure the other children felt the same way.
President Heber J Grant:
-Once a week took his children to the Salt Late City Theatre and afterward quizzed them on the plays. A daughter of his recounts that it was second only to formal schooling in educational value.
-Said that his children will only be children once, and he wants to give them as much pleasure out of life as possible.
President George Albert Smith:
-Says he has never seen one so deep in the gutter that he had not had the desire to lift him out.
-His dad gave money to a drunk who asked money for food of them, and upon his question to has dad why, his dad said that he would give money to ten drunks who would spend that on alcohol if it meant that one of them would get food with the money.
President David O McKay:
-Had a great love for animals
-Asked his son if the rabbits were fed that day, his children said no, so he turned around and went back several miles so the rabbits would not have to be hungary that day.
-They had a big ugly rabbit named Cesar. He got out of his cage one day and President McKay was in a hurry to go somewhere (on a plane I believe). He got Cesar and put him in the chicken coop. Because he was in a hurry he didn’t have time to feed Cesar or to tell his family where he had put him. Later that day his family got an “urgent telegram” that read “Cesar in chicken coop. Water him.”
President Joseph F Smith:
-He was a historian.
-He taught his son President Joseph Fielding Smith.
-He told him to always take time to eat your meals
-told him to keep a daily journal, and said that if his journal is not a daily record, it’s almost worthless, as it’s not possible to well recall the day if writing about it is left until other days.
-when his son would write letters home that were misspelled, he would correct the misspelled words.
President Harold B. Lee:
-When he broke an expensive tool to ring pigs’ noses after a day of rounding up pigs, his father merely said “well we will try again tomorrow”. It cost them the days’ efforts but this was the gentle response.
President Ezra Taft Bensen:
-Growing up his family used mainly the Book of Mormon in religious instruction.
President Howard W. Hunter:
-He spent hours building wooden trains with his children. When they couldn’t get it right, he took them to a train station for them to look at actual train tracks and see how it was done.
-He expected his children to preform at a certain level and to get good grades.
President Gordon B Hinckley:
-He wanted to go home after a while on his mission, and wrote his dad telling him that he thought he was wasting his fathers money and his own time. His father wrote back informing him that he had received his letter, and gave his this advise, “forget yourself and go to work”.
President Thomas S. Monson:
-While he was a Mission President in Canada for three years he and his family only had family dinner alone 3 times, all the other times there were missionaries in the home, or other guests.
-While a Mission President he spent 15 hour days doing missionary work.
-Almost nightly while a Mission President he played checkers with his son Tommy.
-When his son was ill, he flew in a plane to Kentucky just to go and give him a Priesthood blessing.
-His children report that he was not at home as much as other dads, but nevertheless he did more with them than other dad’s seemed to do with their children.
President Henry B. Eyring:
-His father was a renown scientist who taught at Princeton and the University of Utah.
-He encouraged his children to be physics majors in school, but one day he was helping Henry on the chalkboard in their home with a science problem, and realized it was the same type of problem they had worked through the prior week. He pointed this out to his son and asked him if he had practiced this type of problem since they met last. Henry said no he had not. His dad told him he thought he ought to get out of physics and get into something he loves; he told him that whatever he thinks about while he is walking down the street, or in the shower, what he thinks of when he doesn’t have to think of anything else, that such is what he ought to go in to. Henry became a great business man and educator.
-His dad when teaching would tell the very secular audience that there is a creator who made all things. He was not afraid to be himself in front of any audience. He was simply teaching them what he knew to be true, President Eyring recounts.
President Deiter F. Uchdorf:
-His children never knew how busy he was because he always made time for them and put them first.
President Boyd K. Packer:
-His father rarely got angry. His father learned that lesson by a worker on his farm breaking his tractor dispute careful instruction to not break it. The worker bowed and said I am so sorry I can’t express how sorry I am. Then he learned his lesson, that it could happen to anyone, and to not get angry. He was humbled by how humble his worker was.
Elder L Tom Perry:
-His father did a lot of church welfare work, and when he would come home and see sacks of flower piled up on the side of the driveway, he knew it was be an evening where he would get to be with his dad doing deliveries.
Elder M Russel Nelson:
-Every morning his dad would wake him up singing that the sun is up and so should they be. His dad was always was cheery in the morning.
-His dad was not active in the church for many years, but with the prodding of his family he became active and they were all sealed together in the temple for eternity.
-His children say one word that epitomizes him is integrity.
-His daughter went to reuse a stamp that came in a letter that the post people forgot to stamp, and he scolded her for this.
-His children put a huge scratch in one of his cars, and he said it’s not a big deal it’s just a car.
-His children wrecked a car, and he told took them in his arms and said “I’m so proud of you for telling me the truth!”
Elder Robert D Hales:
-He and his father would scrub the metal sacrament trays with steel wool to make them more shiny for the sacrament, so it could be more sacred.
-His dad was an industrial artist, and one day brought home work to finish at home. His studio was right upstairs above the living room. The children were running and yelling downstairs, and he asked them to stop 3 times but they did not. He came down the stairs and firmly sat Robert down, and did not use violence or loud words, but explained to him and the others how there is a spiritual aspect in the creative process, and how he needs reverent quiet to be able to create. He took the time to explain to them and it left a lasting lesson with Elder Hales.
Elder Jeffery R. Holland:
-His son and he prayed how to get home on backroads after an outing and the sun going down. He asked his son what he felt about the prayer over which path in the road to take. The son said he felt go left over and again, Elder Holland said he felt so as well. They prayed to get home safely. They went left and it was a dead end; but since they found that, Elder Holland was able to confidently go the right way, and they made it home safely. God got them home safely, it was inspiration to go to point B in order to get from point A to point C. God never inspires us to sin, but sometimes we have to take certain routes.
Elder Quinton L Cook:
-When his son was coming home from college (a visit or something), he flew out to the college so he could be his sons travel companion for the drive home.
-He teaches we need to communicate church principals in settings other than church.
Elder D Todd Christofferson:
-When his daughter started college he had a company drop flowers off at her dorm saying simply have a great semester.
Elder Neil L Anderson:
-His children still call him daddy.
-Once a month he would take each of his children to a restaurant of their choosing just them and him where they could confine in him.
-He volunteers to do the dishes at home.
-He helps his wife sit down.
-He helps his wife by opening her car door.
-Plays basketball with his children.
Janice Kapp Perry’s Father:
-He worked in the fields all day, milked the cows at 5am, and milked them again in the evening after working in the fields.
-Survived his first year of marriage financially by milking hundreds of cows all day.
-Had colon cancer. Went to the temple and prayed to live long enough for his children to grow up. Once they grew up his cancer returned and he died.
-Sang his wife’s songs and had a great voice.
-Arrived with his family at church a half hour early each Sunday.
-He could not easily say the words “I love you” but he showed that he did.
-When his daughter was in danger and the cows were getting out his daughter asked as he helped her ‘but what of the cows?’ he responded “they’re just cows sis, you’re my daughter.”
-Played the drums.
-Nearly all ages danced in the church on Friday nights in those days.
-Didn’t let his children go bowling because they would have to go through the tavern to get to the bowling alley.
-Didn’t let his children play in the band Saturday nights because they would be playing into the Sabbath; and there would be a rougher crowd there.
-Got revelation that his daughters engagement was not right and asked her to give back the ring, she did so then was married to someone else happily.
Elder Robert E Wells:
-his wife died and he spent the next 2 months dating all he could. He found the right one. He dated her for a week then got engaged. A month later they were married.
-As a Mission President encouraged missionaries to shake hands firmly, and to look the person they were greeting in the eye as they shook hands.
-Taught that we don’t always need to be reverent, for this is a bold and courageous and exciting message we share and gospel we live.
-Went skiing regularly.
-Grew up in Idaho but mostly lived in South America.