"It is useless to debate which parent is most important. No one would doubt that a mother's influence is paramount with newborns and in the first years of a child's life. The father's influence increases as the child grows older. However, each parent is necessary at various times in a child's development. Both fathers and mothers do many intrinsically different things for their children."
James E. Faust, "Fathers, Mothers, Marriage," Ensign, Aug. 2004, 3–4
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