4 Apr 2008
"I remember a time when, without any intent to do so, I offended a sister in my ward. I needed to reconcile this issue, but I must admit that my pride kept me from going to her and asking for her forgiveness. Family, other commitments, on and on--I found ways to postpone my repentance. I was sure things would work out on their own. But they didn't. "In the stillness of not one night but several, I awoke with a clear realization that I was not taking the course the Lord would want me to take. I was not acting on my faith that His arm of mercy was truly extended towards me--if I would act aright. I prayed for strength and courage, humbled myself, and went to the sister's home and asked for her forgiveness. For us both, it proved to be a sweet, healing experience."
Topic: repentance, forgiveness, courage, humility  Reference: (Anne C. Pingree, "To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 114-15)
Family

Family

Family has always been a very important part of my heritage, and family will always continue to be very important to me I believe. One of the reasons that family is so important to me is because I value my coexistence, but probably the most influential reason that family is important to me is my religious belief that 1) the family is ordained of God, and 2) the family is the fundamental unit of society. I also strongly believe that
"the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."
In my family I do not only include my immediate family, my immediate relatives, and the family I married into, but I also include my best friends as family members. They are invited to everything that we do as family. Friends are a very integral part of this life also I believe, and they are very important to our relationship with others. Also friends are often able to give less biased more sound advice than are close relatives or in- laws. Below I have attempted to somewhat construct a family tree to illistrate my relationships in my family.