Step 7: Humility – Holly’s Story about Drug Addiction Recovery

"I knew exactly where I needed to go. My brother has been such a good role model for me throughout my life. I could feel something different in his home. I felt this love. And the way his family communicated, I knew that's what I wanted. "Step 7 is where I asked Heavenly Father to remove my shortcomings. Something very, very powerful and spiritual and sacred happened. I felt my Father in Heaven's arms around me, and I felt His love, and I knew that everything was going to be okay. "'Go...
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Lost and Found

The gears shrieked and the engine groaned as the U-Haul I was driving labored slowly up Parley’s Canyon, while other vehicles whizzed indignantly past.  Finally Liz, my 16-year-old daughter following me in the family car, couldn’t take the sluggish pace any longer.  Despite instructions to stay behind the truck, she pulled out into the left lane, stomped on the accelerator, and soon disappeared from sight. Three reluctant children and I were moving from California to South Dakota to begin...
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Managing Emotions in Families

Emotional outbursts can be a burden to all who come in contact with them, and this seems to happen most significantly, and with the most damage, in families.  This program from BYUtv shows how two families succeeded in controlling their emotions:  The Candland family of Ashburn, Virginia, who had 4 kids in 3 1/2 years, and the Wood family of Draper, Utah, who blended two families with a total of 10 children: Managing Our Emotions
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Say it With Love: Using Communication to Strengthen Our Relationships with Our Children

Supportive messages from parents to children lead to a variety of positive outcomes. Some of these include higher self-esteem, greater adherence to moral standards, compliance with parents' wishes, less aggression and other problem behavior. Fathers foster cognitive development, masculine sex-role identification and academic achievement of sons; mothers foster the cognitive development and feminine sex-role identification of daughters. Other communication-related factors contributing to posi...
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Forgiveness In Families

None of us "does" family perfectly. We sometimes say and do things that offend loved ones. All of us are guilty of "sins" of commission or omission toward those we care about. Forgiveness is an essential part of strong, healthy relationships. Judeo-Christian beliefs teach that nobody is exempt from forgiveness; we should forgive all wrongs that have been done to us, regardless of their severity. The Family: A Proclamation to the World(paragraph 7) singles out forgiveness as an essential f...
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After Bitter Disappointments, Sweet Consolation

From early girlhood, I anticipated leading my conception of an ideal life.  I would marry a wonderful man, we would raise a noble family of exemplary children, and we would influence thousands of people with our Christlike living and closeness to God.  I don’t know how I developed the hubris to think I was capable of such a thing, but I was bursting with self-confidence and the sense that this was my destiny. It didn’t happen.  I did marry a man with a lot of potential, and we had several...
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