Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother by Richard Edward NobleHonor Thy Father and Thy Mother is a tragic novel. The main character is a little boy. The reader learns to understand Richard by listening to his thoughts. We read his mind as he tries to make sense of those around him. We follow Richards thoughts from ages five to thirteen as he translates the people, the circumstances, and the society around him. The reader will walk through a tragedy of personal, religious and social confusion. Any one who reads this book will be left with some very difficult impressions and many shocking images that will never go away.
Why does God say to honor your parents?
Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on the land which the LORD your God gives you. Exodus ,17 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death…. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.
Richard Edward Noble
The Ten Commandments/Honor your father and your mother
Honor your father and your mother is one of the Ten Commandments,  which are widely understood as moral imperatives by legal scholars, Jewish scholars, Catholic scholars, and Post-Reformation scholars. Honour your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land that Yahweh your God is giving you. In the Torah, keeping this commandment was associated with individual benefit  and with the ability of the nation of Israel to remain in the land to which God was leading them. But if I am indeed father, where is the honour due to me? And if I am indeed master, where is the awe due to me? In the gospels, Jesus affirmed the importance of honoring one's father and mother.
Since our conference last October, many have ridden roller coasters of emotion from the war in the Persian Gulf. Many Latter-day Saints had their lives changed by that conflict. In the military theater of operations, we had over Latter-day Saint groups providing leadership, worship, and fellowship for members of the armed forces. At home, families were separated and in stress. We pay tribute to the Church leaders and members who shouldered extra burdens in looking after the families of our service people.