Family Strengths – Spirituality

Among the keys to a successful family life mentioned in The Family: A Proclamation to the World are the spiritual values of faith, repentance, forgiveness and prayer. Strong families share a belief in something greater than themselves. They agree about what is right and wrong and what is really important to them. These shared values give families purpose and help them unite on goals. Spirituality is thus a powerful source of strength for these families. Different families define spiritual...
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Benefits of Couple Prayer

Prayer can be defined as a two-way personal communication between an individual or couple and God. It is a vibrant, vital link with a Supreme Being that gives meaning to a person's life. Prayer allows individuals, couples, and families to come closer to God through healing. Prayer can be meditative (silent), colloquial (asking for abstract things like guidance or forgiveness), petitionary (asking for materialistic things), or ritual (memorized or read from a book). While it can be all of the...
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Why Should I Show Compassion to Those Who Hurt Me?

A particularly slow driver ahead of me was lighting my fuse. “Come on, Grandma, find the gas pedal!” I said to myself. I begin mumbling and wondering why she couldn’t keep up with the flow of traffic, drive the speed limit, or pick a lane and stay in it. As soon as I labeled the driver, it struck me that I was a “Grandma” now, and I felt embarrassed as I thought about why that driver might be moving slower than was convenient for me: perhaps she was looking for a street or address, and was havin...
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How Can I Forgive Others?

By Richard M. My “conversion” to a life of forgiveness and tolerance began 20 years ago when I lost one of the best jobs I ever had. I was managing a team of engineers, working hard to grow our business, and climbing the ladder of worldly success when the corporation re-organized our division and assigned my team to one of the most selfish and offensive men I had ever known. I tried to adjust to his harsh style. But it was no use. He was rude and evil, and I was horribly offended by things he...
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Why Should I Forgive?

My life changed one summer evening, on August 16, 1992. I had gone fishing with my family, including my youngest brother Josh, two days before. My parents left that day for a weekend vacation to Salt Lake City. Josh and our cousin Gage were staying together in my parents’ home. I was supposed to watch them to make sure nothing happened to them. Josh, Gage, and their friend Andrew Wolford went to the local convenience store for some treats and a pop. When they were walking into the store, a young...
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