We talk about how vital the role of mother is, but the role of father is just as important. Like I've said in previous blog posts, I was only 8 when my parents divorced, and during (and since) that time, I was living with my mom. So for the past 10+ years, I haven't had much of a father figure in my life. I'm not saying that to blame anyone, because it really isn't anybody's fault. I'm saying it to show a point just how important fathers are.
In "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," it says, "fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families." I KNOW the MOST important thing to take from this is that fathers should do these things out of love for their families.
Fathers only want the best for their children. Growing up, hearing "no" from a father is only his way of saying, "I don't want you to get hurt." Naturally, the child would only rebel and go against what parents say because they want to experience things, no matter the consequence. Then the children later find that their father only said no because he loved them so much, he didn't want to see them get hurt. Our Heavenly Father does the same thing. Whenever we get the feeling (or prompting by the Holy Ghost) that we shouldn't do something, it's Heavenly Fathers way of saying, "I don't want you to get hurt." I think that is the greatest comfort to know of: no matter how we live our lives, Heavenly Father only wants to protect us from the things that could be harmful to us or others because of His love for us.
The biggest act of love we all know is that of the Father's sacrifice for all of His children here on earth. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, here to this earth so that He would suffer for our sins so that we may live with them again. To me, that is the biggest act of love because no parent could ever imagine having to sacrifice their only (or any) child. It just proves how much Heavenly Father wants us to be with Him again.