Key to a Happy Family............

Philippines
October 11, 2012 7:19am CST
The great Russian author Leo Tolstoy his novel "Anna karenina" It says and I quote: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. While I do not have tolstoy's certainty that happy families are all alike, I have discovered one thing that most in common: they have a of forgiving and forgetting the imperfections of others and of looking for the good. We should always remember, those in unhappy families, on the other-hand, often find fault, hold grudges, and can't seem to let go to past offenses. There are so many degrees of offense. There are many degrees of hurt. But what i have is that often we justify our anger and satisfy our consciences by telling ourselves stories about the motives of others that condemn their actions as unforgivable and egoistic while, at the same time, lifting our own motives as pure and innocent. We should always remember that we need to forgive one another instead of arguing, for us to achieve the so called Happy family. No Family is Perfect, None of us is without sin, Every one of us makes mistakes, including you and me. We have all been wounded. We all have wounded others.It is through our Savior's sacrifice that we can gain exaltation and eternal life. As we accept His ways and overcome pride by softening our hearts, we can bring reconciliation and forgiveness into our families and our personal lives. God will help us to be more forgiving, to be more willing to walk the second mile, to be the first to apologize even if something wasn't our fault, to lay aside old grudges and nurture them no more. Thanks to be God, Who gave His only Begotten Son, and to the Son, who gave life for us. In the end, happiness does not spring from perfection but from applying divine principles, even in small steps. According to the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have declared: "Happiness in the Family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on the principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities. Forgiveness is positioned right in the middle of these simple truths, founded on our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. Because forgiveness connects principles, it connects people. It is a key, it opens locked doors, it is the beginning of an honest path, and it is one of our best hopes for a happy family. May God help us to be a little more forgiving in our families, more forgiving of each other, and perhaps more forgiving with ourselves as one wonderful way in which most happy families are alike.
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@litvillegas (1275)
• Philippines
15 Oct 12
Absolutely true! God knows that we are not perfect but we should always try our best to follow His words to have a Happy Family. Yes, we are all not perfect but if we are all ready to forgive and forget then no doubt we can achieve a Happy family. What a wonderful blessing from God. :) Have a great day..:)
• Philippines
15 Oct 12
Exactly! God is the source of everything that we have had.If our family stays together and gather once a week and have a family home evening which we can share our problems with our family no doubt we have we a happy family. Enjoy life to the fullest.
@GemmaR (8526)
12 Oct 12
I think that the most important thing to be happy in a family is that you are able to talk to each other about anything that might be bothering you at the time. One of the things that breaks a family up is people keeping secrets from the other family members, and just being open and honest can save family relationships. I have been involved in my arguments because members of my family have not beens supportive of others, and now I know that this is definitely one of the key things in family life so that everybody can be happy.
• Philippines
14 Oct 12
Exactly, we should be honest, whatever problems arise in our we should talk to them, if we like to have a harmoniously relationship with each member of the family as what you have mention GemmaR we need to be honest and respect with each other. Thanks with your immediate response for this discussion.
@riyauro (6428)
• India
11 Oct 12
What a information. If all of us try to live according to what you wrote will surely have a happy family. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@subhojit10 (7382)
• India
11 Oct 12
Thanks for sharing this discussion. Well yes u are absolutely right, it is very important for a family to stay intact and together no matter how heavy the circumstances are. all the family members have to cooperate and complement each other so that the bond of togetherness stays strong. They have to be together all the time and have to act like a mountain in front of the difficulties. What say?