Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 21. A father is a hero, a role model, a provider, and a nurturer all wrapped into one. He is a support system for the emotional, financial, spiritual, social, and physical needs of a family. Father’s Day is the one time of the year to cordially thank fathers for everything they do. It exists to remind them that they are loved, appreciated, and honored. The Oxford dictionary defines a father as “a man who gives care and protection to someone or something.” Another definition of father refers to God, the first person in the Trinity.

Historically, Father’s Day began in July 1908. Grace Golden Clayton organized the first Father’s Day church service at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church following a town mining disaster which left an estimated 1,000 children fatherless. U.S. President Calvin Coolidge first recognized Father’s Day at a national level in 1924. In 1972, President Richard Nixon announced the annual national observance of Father’s Day on the third week of June. Christianity Daily compiled a list of top ten quotes to honor dads on their special day.

10 Quotes On The Importance of A Father:

1) “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” ― Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

2) “That was when the world wasn't so big and I could see everywhere. It was when my father was a hero and not a human.” ― Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

3) “Listen, there is no way any true man is going to let children live around him in his home and not discipline and teach, fight and mold them until they know all he knows. His goal is to make them better than he is. Being their friend is a distant second to this.” ― Victor Devlin

4) “Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating...too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.” ― John Wooden

5) “There is nothing that moves a loving father's soul quite like his child's cry.” ― Joni Eareckson Tada

6) “Children are gifts. They are not ours for the breaking. They are ours for the making.” ― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

7) “The greatest thing a father can do for his children is to respect the woman that gave birth to his children. It is because of her that you have the greatest treasures in your life. You may have moved on, but your children have not. If you can’t be her soulmate, then at least be thoughtful. Whom your children love should always be someone that you acknowledge with kindness. Your children notice everything and will follow your example.” ― Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions LDS Couples Should Ask for a More Vibrant Marriage

8) “Let me say for now that we knew once the Creation was broken, true fathering would be much more lacking than mothering. Don't misunderstand me, both are needed- but an emphasis on fathering is necessary because of the enormity of its absence” ― Wm. Paul Young, The Shack

9) “Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.” ― Lydia Maria Francis Child

10) Spiritual fathers have influence over the lives of individuals. Patriarchs have influence over families. The devil has been able to destroy families because there is a lack of spiritual fathers and patriarchs.” ― Sherry K. White