Question:

I need some scriptural help with my father. I was not raised a Mormon, but my father converted two years ago. Recently he yelled at me and essentially told me to get out and never come back to his house. I would like to know what the Mormon church teaches on how a father should talk to his child. My heart has been broken a thousand times by his brutal comments and I was hoping that when he became a Mormon that he would become soft-hearted in his old age. It appears that he is that way with everyone except his own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Is there any Scripture or teaching from your church that I can give my dad? I don't want him to die with such unkind feelings between us. I feel so bad and don't want to give up on him yet.


Answer:

Not being a Mormon, I can't tell you what Mormonism teaches about a parent-child relationship. I spend more time exposing the flaws in this man-made religion. Yes, the true Bible contains many applicable verses, such as "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4), but Mormons don't fully accept the Bible because they have been told that it has been corrupted.

The other difficulty is that I don't know what he is upset with you about. For all I know, he could be angry that you are shacking up with a fellow. (Not that I'm accusing you of this, I'm just pointing out that there are some missing elements to your account.) You only stated that he is angry with you, but you didn't state the subject.