To My Father:
I love you for what you have been and for what you NOW are: for what you have become through years of personal persistence and effort: for your growth in the Priesthood of God. The words of the Lord unto Moroni when he stated, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will 1 make weak things become strong unto them," are relevent to me because I think you are such a man. Your response to the priesthood calls to serve no matter in what area has been a strength to me as I've been asked to do impossible tasks in the Lord's church. This also indicates to me the depth of your personal testimony and your dedication to doing the Lord's work. 1 have seen your personal growth as a direct fulfillment of these words to Moroni. I love you for your sense of humor and for your ability to love others and deny self in order to show that love.
Most precious of your gifts to me is that of a healthy body; a noble heritage from freedom loving, religious minded people; your personal
example of thrift and industriousness coupled with honesty leaves me no excuse for less than this in my own life; for the gift of being born under the covenant of the restored gospel because of yours and mother's decision to be married in the temple; then the gift of being reared in a home where Gospel principles are important. Oh, how very precious! You say to me through your life that man can progress in ability, knowledge and responsibility. Your love of good old mother Earth gives to me a greater appreciation of it and its ability to produce and to blossom under man's hand and God's benevolence. Your abhorrence of sin has strengthened me in wanting to do right and shun evil. I have seen manifest in you a great charity toward the transgressor and a willingness to want to help him and not to pre-judge him. Your patience and steadfastness and love toward mother especially during her last years as she was called upon to suffer so greatly makes me PROUD you are my Dad. May the Lord bless you as you continue now to bless our lives with your service and Love. Like Nephi, I feel I can truthfully say that one of the greatest ASSETS in my life is that of: "HAVING BEEN BORN OF GOODLY PARENTS." Yes, I do love you very much.