Today at the Church, after the sacrament (during which a hymn is sung and bread then water is blessed and passed to the congregation) was time for testimonies on the importance of Father's Day.
Bishop Onaolapo's son, Michael, gave the first speech. "The Lord is our Father. Every day is Father's Day and we should show our appreciation." There is a great heritage of spiritual linking in the Bishop's family, who welcome everybody to the Ilford chapel and make people know that God loves us all equally, and through His priests, His people.
By the way, Presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romeny is also a Bishop in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints in the U.S., sometimes known as the Mormons (after the Prophet Moroni, whose golden statuate stands atop the Mormon churches).
Sister Amaka Ohiku said that after her Father died when she was a teenager, her Mother brought up the family alone, so today she paid tribute to her Mother for filling the Father's role also, as well as the Church, which because of its structure was there to provide paternal support.
Brother Barry Oshage's daughter Michelle praised her father, that he is the Greatest Dad in the World because of the example he sets them at home. People have to count their blessings for children who are gifted with such wisdom.
Barry is indeed a gifted teacher of Scriptures. "We are created in the image of our Heavenly Father. So today is a day for all men, as those who are not fathers, their day will come. Though my own father is gone,our Heavenly Father is always there." A message of hope and goodwill.
(written by Duru-darshan Dadlani,
ordained into the Melchezideck priesthood)