The Examples our Leaders Set

“We warn that individuals who […] fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God.”

The Family: A Proclamation to the World


As a father, one of my goals has been to make sure my daughters have good role models. Aside from their caring and dutiful mother, I have many amazing examples within my ward. From their Sunday School teachers to the Relief Society President, there are several great examples of great mothers, obedient wives, and wonderful homemakers for my daughters to look up to.

As time goes on, it becomes more and more difficult to find great examples outside the ward and, indeed, outside the church. “Brother Walker,” you might say, “Why would you want to hold up someone outside the church as an example for your children?” Indeed, Ephesians warns us about this:

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness

– Ephesians 4:17-19

While there are indeed many good and honorable people in the world who have not yet heard the gospel, it’s far preferable to use church members as examples for our children – Priesthood holders for our sons, and the wives and mothers of priesthood holders for our daughters.

While we’re reinforcing role models who are faithful members of the church, we must also be watchful to ensure that our daughters don’t become enamored with the negative influences of the world.

Which brings us to Michelle Obama. There are several reasons not to trust the example she sets, not the least of which is her work outside the home, but the contrast between the two women shown above speaks to another reason not to use her as a role model:

40 And again, thou shalt not be proud in thy heart; let all thy garments be plain, and their beauty the beauty of the work of thine own hands;

– D&C 42:40

It’s clear just by looking at the image who the better example is for your daughters. One of these women is clearly a symbol of everything your daughters should aspire to be: an uplifting example of a modest, loving wife to a strong priesthood-holding husband, and a caring mother to her five priesthood-holding sons.

Personally, I can’t wait to call Ann Romney the First Lady, and finally have an example in the White House who I, as well as Heavenly Father, can approve of my daughters emulating.

Elder Romney

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” – Matthew 28:19

Going into next Tuesday, there are two things we know for sure: Brother Romney has been chosen by Heavenly Father to lead this great nation, and He will make sure His chosen one wins this election.

The worldly media will make a lot of noise about the things he does as President. God will surely guide Brother Romney’s hand to great success on things like creating jobs, restoring American strength, and bringing a degree of morality back to the office of the President. Brother Romney will be hailed as the savior of this great nation; the one who turned Obama’s failure into America’s success.

But he has a more important role ahead of him. Brother Romney has and will continue to achieve temporal success, but in all our excitement over this election, we may be losing sight of the spiritual successes Brother Romney may yet achieve.

I’m speaking, of course, about missionary work. Brother Romney will soon have the opportunity to proselytize to some of the most powerful people in the world. Brother Romney sure did good works going door-to-door on his first mission in France, but he’ll soon be in a position to offer a Book of Mormon to France’s president.

This may be Heavenly father’s ultimate purpose in putting Brother Romney into office. If he can convert just one world leader, imagine the good we can achieve. Yes, the nation needs healing after being driven by a leader who led us astray, but the temporal blessings we can achieve with this election pale in comparison to the spiritual blessings millions of others can achieve with the opportunity to be introduced to this great man.

On November 6th, the thought of saying, “President Romney” is appealing. I’m more excited to see him reprise his role as Elder Romney.