21 June 2010

Personal Touch

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In today’s Personal Touch interview with Rebecca Cressman, she has a one-on-one with Vince DiCaro. Vince DiCaro is the Senior Director of Public Affairs for the National Fatherhood Institute. As such Vince runs government and press relations for the NFI and works everyday to encourage fathers to invest in their families and for society to invest in fathers. The NFI recently relaunched the website Fatherhood.org filled with parenting information, advice, and resources just for dads. Vince is a contributing writer on the NFI blog "The Father Factor" and is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, where he received a bachelor's degree in history and economics. He received a master's degree in Communications from Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote a thesis on the depiction of fathers in Hollywood films. Prior to joining National Fatherhood Initiative, Vincent worked for two years as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York City.  Please take time to listen to this interview.

Our first contributor is Lisa Asanuma, from Lisa's Latter-day Thoughts. It’s a sweet account of her memories with her father. If we’re female, we probably have more to say or to discuss with our moms than our dads. Every woman I talk to who has children who’ve flown the coop, will say they call and talk to her, more than they call to talk with dad. In any case, Lisa’s article is a tender read.

Our next entry comes from Elder M. Russell Ballard, and his talk is “Fathers and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship.” He gave this talk in Priesthood meeting, and it’s a good one to keep around to remind the guys what’s been said to them. He says: “Tonight I want to talk to you fathers and sons about how you talk to each other. There is no other relationship quite like that which can and should exist between a boy and his dad. It can be one of the most nurturing, joyful relationships in life, one that can have a profound impact on who boys become and also on who dads become. Now, I understand that some of you young men do not have fathers with whom you can have these kinds of conversations. And some of you men do not have sons or have lost your sons to accident or illness.” Every time I see my husband and son go out together, to a Priesthood meeting, or home teaching, or service project, or haunted house (yes, they do that) I feel so much love for the two of them, because they’ve built a friendship over the years. I don’t want it to stop. Ever.

Our last article was put together by Rachel Brunner at AboutLDS.com. Have you ever wanted to have a page with church quotes, all on the same subject? Well, she did that, by finding quotes from General Authorities, all talking about the role of fathers. Maybe you’ll want to save this page for a project.

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