“Their Filthiness Came Because of Their Fathers”

K. Douglas Bassett

Jacob 2:31, 35; D&C 93:40-50; 1 Sam. 3:13; Col. 3:20; Eph. 6:4; Prov. 15:18; Mosiah 25:12; Moses 7:37

“Consider this sobering forecast: ‘About 40 percent of U.S. children will go to sleep in homes in which their fathers do not live’ (David Blankenhorn). Some estimate this will rise to 60 percent. This same commentator has written, ‘Fatherlessness is the engine driving our most urgent social problems, from crime to adolescent pregnancy to domestic violence’ (ibid.). Such outcomes, brothers and sisters, unfortunately, constitute America’s grossest national product, produced in the slums of the spirit created by spreading secularism!” (Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, May 1995, p. 67)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon