Forgiveness

By  Emily Abel
October 27, 2020 02:39 PM MDT
This story originally ran on LDS Living in July 2019.
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September 28, 2020 07:20 PM MDT
Chris Williams and Cameron White are an unlikely pair to appear on a podcast together, especially when you are aware of the tragedy that brought the two in contact with one another. But that is exactly what happened recently as Williams and White appeared on Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt’s new Headspace podcast, “The Gift of Forgiveness.”
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September 09, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
The September pick for LDS Living Book Club is What Seek Ye? by S. Michael Wilcox. Follow the LDS Living Book Club Instagram for more insights with the author.
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July 24, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
Editor's note: The views, information, or opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author. Readers should consider each unique situation. This content is not meant to be a substitute for individual, professional advice.
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November 30, 2019 11:53 AM MST
There are many reasons why Jesus came to earth, and our word Atonement has come to embody them all, but I think, if I had to be specific, I would say that the essence of His life centered on forgiveness. In the great hymn of the Restoration, Joseph Smith caught that spirit when he wrote, “Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven” (D&C 128:19). The Savior is the incarnation, the personification, the grand architect of forgiveness and mercy. It is inherent in almost every act of His life. It is the one single most significant quality of the Father that Jesus came to teach us with His words and show us by His example. Indeed, the most beautiful words He spoke during those last agonizing hours of His life are, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Whenever I feel the difficulty of forgiving in my own life, I read those words and the feeling of forgiveness moves into my soul.
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By  LDS Living
November 22, 2019 10:00 PM MST
In his book, Let it Go: A True Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness, Chris Williams recounts a tragedy that happened one February night when he, his wife and family of four were hit by a 17-year-old drunk driver on the road. The car accident took the life of his wife, his unborn baby, his 9-year-old daughter, and his 11-year-old son. Through this difficulty, though devasting for Williams, he chose to follow the example of the Savior to forgive Cameron, the 17-year young man, and find room for healing. In this week's episode, All In host Morgan Jones talks with Williams about what he was able to learn from this experience, to "let it go" and move forward despite the loss of his family.
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October 17, 2019 05:59 PM MDT
The Savior never allowed the way He was treated to determine how He would treat others. We must steadily and prayerfully strive to do likewise. Far easier said than done. When someone is unkind to us, our first impulse is almost always one of wanting justice. We feel justified in treating an offender in the same way he treated us, the Golden Rule notwithstanding. It’s only fair, we think. Shouldn’t we be allowed to do unto others as they did to us? Experiencing the “mighty change of heart” spoken of by Alma (see Alma 5:14) so that even our responses are motivated by love requires a force stronger than the feelings of anger or even hatred that may so easily beset us. But even before this power can be accessed and applied, our journey toward becoming the Christlike response begins with a choice.
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October 17, 2019 02:22 PM MDT
My father suffered all his life from low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. He was raised by an alcoholic father who often told him how worthless he thought he was. Thankfully, my father never became an alcoholic himself, but he never told me and my siblings that he was proud of us or praised us for things we had done well. Growing up, I tried to please him, but I always felt I couldn’t quite make the mark. This caused us to have a strained relationship.
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October 04, 2019 01:06 PM MDT
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June 28, 2019 12:18 PM MDT
On 25 July 1987, our family was involved in a catastrophic automobile accident, and, as a result, I have no feeling from my chest down. My husband was killed; I lost a son. I was driving. My seven surviving children and I spent months in hospitals, to be reunited as a family again just before Christmas.
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April 23, 2019 01:35 PM MDT
“Angels above us are silent notes taking of ev’ry action; then do what is right!” As a child, I took those hymn lyrics to heart, imagining that someone somewhere was watching my every action and taking note.
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March 19, 2019 04:00 AM MDT
From the outside looking in, Crishelle Simons says she grew up in the ideal Latter-day Saint family.
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By  LDS Living
February 14, 2019 04:48 PM MST
"What I was left with was absolute fear and terror—a loneliness on a level I didn't know existed. I didn't even feel like a human being anymore," Kelly shares of her heartbreaking story of addiction—an addiction that eventually drove her to become a prostitute.
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January 21, 2019 11:36 AM MST
We are honored to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. today. In celebration of his legacy of peaceful advocacy for human rights, we would like to share the story of another amazing individual who fought for the rights of blacks, women, and children. Julia Mavimbela is a powerful example of peace, equality, and love. We hope that her story inspires you.
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January 02, 2019 01:40 PM MST
I’ve often been accused of burying the lede for the sake of sugar-coated storytelling and creativity. Maybe I can get it right — at least once.
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October 27, 2018 09:22 AM MDT
Many years ago in my psychology practice, I worked with an adult client who had a number of behavioral and emotional issues. He had difficulty relating to others and was filled with anger. His anger had become so intense at times that he had run afoul of the law and hurt others. As we spoke about his history, he revealed that when he was a child, he had been the victim of abuse at his father’s hand. The abuse was considerable and traumatic. We worked together for several years. On one occasion, he was describing his anger towards his father and how such anger caused him to literally feel sick to his stomach on a regular basis. He asked me, “How can I get rid of this feeling? I hate feeling this way.” Knowing my client very well at that point, I hesitated to provide what I knew was the correct answer. I said, “Do you really want to know how to stop feeling as you do?” He answered in the affirmative, so I told him, “You have to forgive your father.” As he stared at me in shock, he responded as I knew he likely would: “I’ll never forgive my father for what he did.”
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By  Zack Oates
October 26, 2018 08:20 AM MDT
If you knew that there was a possibility you would die in a year, what would you do?
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October 12, 2018 11:26 AM MDT
Our Church leaders placed a heavy emphasis on ministering during the October 2018 general conference. They discussed the deep meaning behind the “newer, holier approach” and taught that our brothers and sisters on this earth need us, and we need them.
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By  LDS Living
September 19, 2018 04:41 PM MDT
As we begin gearing up for general conference, we will be highlighting past conference talks to help us review, remember, and grow closer to the Spirit so that we can better recognize the Lord's voice and direction this coming October. The following is a small portion of a talk given by Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk in April 2018. (Read the full talk here.)
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September 15, 2018 12:10 PM MDT
Not long ago, a man I know was caught in a web of lies and moral deceit. For some time, he had lived a double life—seemingly devout and committed to the gospel while at home with his wife and children, but while away on frequent business trips, he engaged in serious immorality. As a consequence, he lost his membership in the Church and began a difficult repentance process.
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By  LDS Living
September 13, 2018 12:45 PM MDT
"In the end what defines you is how you react, are the decisions that you make," Elizabeth Smart says in a new video that gained over 2.5 million views in 12 hours. "So I hope that whatever you are faced with, whatever you deal with, you just remember that you are who you decide to be. You are captain of your destiny. You are the one who decides who you are."
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July 31, 2018 12:42 PM MDT
"We love him and we forgive him,” an LDS mother said about the man charged with vehicular manslaughter that resulted in the death of her son one week after he returned from his mission.
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July 21, 2018 12:39 PM MDT
Although Latter-day Saints are among the best people I know, they are also among the most self-critical. Too often we work hard to improve and repent and then fail to fully claim the “amazing grace” of Jesus Christ. As a psychologist and as a Church member, I’ve struggled to help clients, missionaries, friends, and colleagues let go of excessive self-blame and like themselves again.
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July 18, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
In his book Make a Choice: When You Are at the Intersection of Happiness and Despair, New York Times best-selling author Jeff Benedict shares a touching story of one of his former missionary companions, Bruce Jasper. While divorced and living with his widowed mother, Jasper was able to find deep compassion and incredible strength to forgive a stranger who caused him immeasurable pain and suffering. Below, Benedict recalls his friend's tragic yet hopeful story:
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July 02, 2018 01:27 PM MDT
"I believe God is a god of second chances and everyone has the right to make things right when they have gone down a mistaken path,” Jennifer Jasper said about the man who killed her son. "I do believe in second chances and a fresh start."
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June 12, 2018 02:34 PM MDT
"If we can find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and well-being," President James E. Faust testified when he spoke on the healing power of forgiveness. "Some recent studies show that people who are taught to forgive become 'less angry, more hopeful, less depressed, less anxious and less stressed,' which leads to greater physical well-being. Another of these studies concludes 'that forgiveness . . . is a liberating gift [that] people can give to themselves.'"
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June 06, 2018 06:00 PM MDT
Keep your eye on the ball,” whispers the golf coach, encouraging the player to maintain her focus solely on the goal, which is to hit the ball in precisely the right way to get a hole in one. Well, maybe someday.
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May 05, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
Elder Ronald E. Poelman of the Seventy spoke of the message of Hosea:
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April 16, 2018 01:46 PM MDT
“The Savior’s Atonement is not just for those who need to repent; it is also for those who need to forgive. If you are having trouble forgiving another person or even yourself, ask God to help you. Forgiveness is a glorious, healing principle.”
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March 19, 2018 09:51 AM MDT
I struggled writing this. First of all, I didn't want to come off as jaded. Second, I didn't want to sound like I was trying to encourage discord within ward families.
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March 12, 2018 03:42 PM MDT
William Shakespeare wrote:
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February 27, 2018 10:13 PM MST
“Go home! You can’t enter Jerusalem! Go back!” the soldier at the checkpoint screamed at me. This soldier who had invaded my country was now telling me that I was denied access to the city of my birth. I tried to form angry words to respond to his unjust act but was halted by the words of the Savior echoing in my ear: “Love your enemies.”
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February 26, 2018 07:58 PM MST
I was reading the Book of Mormon once when a familiar passage was clarified. The passage from Mormon 7 teaches:
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January 15, 2018 01:14 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from the book And Now You Know: The Rest of the Story from the Lives of Well-Known Latter-Day Saints.
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By  LDS Living
December 18, 2017 05:10 PM MST
Mason Wells was about 10 feet away from the first bomb when it went off in the Brussels, Belgium, airport on March 22, 2016.
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December 14, 2017 09:00 AM MST
Alissa and Robbie Parker remember the first time they realized their daughter Emilie had become an unseen angel to others. A letter arrived from New Mexico from the mother of Emilie’s good friend, Arianna. Arianna had been devastated by Emilie’s death, becoming quiet and withdrawn. Then one day, Arianna’s parents heard her speaking animatedly to someone while she played alone in the backyard. She seemed happy, excited. When her parents asked Arianna who she was speaking with, she replied, “It’s Emilie. She is here with me. Can you feel her?” The Parkers have learned the power of those words for themselves as they have grown closer to Emilie and their Heavenly Father, feeling their love and influence from beyond the veil.
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December 12, 2017 06:26 PM MST
Bob Meek was staying at a hotel in Mexico on a business trip when the hotel room phone rang. Meek, who spoke Spanish from his days as an LDS missonary many years before, answered.
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November 25, 2017 05:01 PM MST
Jesus, the Master Teacher, taught in unexpected ways, capturing the attention of His audience to draw their minds to significant truths that they may have otherwise missed.
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November 25, 2017 03:03 AM MST
Our prayers are with the Harsh family at this time.
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By  LDS Living
October 19, 2017 02:05 PM MDT
"Faith in God includes faith in His timing, and for me, that took 18 years—18 years of crying myself to sleep," says Rachel Clark in an emotional and raw new video from the Mormon Channel.
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August 12, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
I've always loved the way sisters can learn from each other in Relief Society. I think Eliza R. Snow couldn't have said it better when she described the first Relief Society meeting: "Nearly all present arose and spoke, and the spirit of the Lord like a purifying stream, refreshed every heart" (Our Heritage: A Brief History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, chapter 5, pg. 62).
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July 29, 2017 03:11 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from An Unseen Angel written by Alissa Parker, a mother of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting that took the life of 20 elementary students and six adults.
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May 18, 2017 03:47 PM MDT
As The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 5: October 1835–January 1838 editor Christian Heimburger says, it was not uncommon in the days of the early Church for men to resolve their conflicts with physical blows. But on December 16, 1835, a particular physical confrontation resulted in the members of the Twelve Apostles to hold a special council for one of the men involved, while the other was left unable to "sit down or rise up without help," according to the new Joseph Smith Papers volume.
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May 13, 2017 12:00 PM MDT
Forgiveness is fundamental to personal peace and happiness. Forgiveness is fundamental to civilization.
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March 06, 2017 09:27 AM MST
Conference Talk:
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February 06, 2017 04:02 PM MST
We all need to rely on the Atonement in order to make it back to our Heavenly Father, but what if we are getting one vital part of repentance painfully wrong?
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By  LDS Living
February 04, 2017 05:00 PM MST
With so much in our society that draws us apart—with all the online debating, the differences, and even the hatred that divides us, this counsel from President Gordon B. Hinckley is something everyone should strive to make a reality in their life today:
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December 28, 2016 08:38 AM MST
As we look forward to a new year and a fresh start, there's still time to reminisce about some of the stories and memories that have touched our lives and helped us become better people this past year. Here are some of our favorite Mormon moments from 2016 that we hope will touch your heart once again and inspire you to remember the things that matter most and are worth remembering as you make your New Year's resolutions for 2017.
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November 23, 2016 10:00 PM MST
When we talk of forgiveness we often think of those great stories in the paper or inspiring posts on Facebook that bring us to tears. For example, the true story of the humble Amish community that responded with mercy toward the family of a man who tied up ten young girls, killing five of them and then himself. Or there’s the father in my community who just lost his son and son’s girlfriend in a head-on collision. The driver was a family friend, and the grieving father’s Facebook post of forgiveness went viral.
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August 18, 2016 02:00 PM MDT
Boyfriend and girlfriend Simon Olsen (18) and Hailie Godfrey (18) were in their car at an intersection in Eagle Mountain, Utah, when a Ford F-250 drifted over the center line and struck them head on.
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August 10, 2016 04:59 PM MDT
A man who pleaded guilty to murder of a recently returned LDS missionary had a message to share with her family.
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August 08, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
Forgiveness can be difficult not only to give but also to receive. Once we have repented, sometimes the only person left to forgive us is ourselves. But as we learn to put away our past sins and do them no more, we can enjoy both the gift of forgiveness from our Heavenly Father and from ourselves.
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June 14, 2016 02:30 PM MDT
Alex Boye recently appeared on "Hour of Power," a weekly Christian Sunday worship broadcast, and shared more about how his love for the Savior helped him overcome devastation, poverty, and even depression to become the successful artist he is today.
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June 02, 2016 05:20 PM MDT
What a powerfully honest story that demonstrates how the Atonement really can heal all wounds. And what a beautiful truth: "Because of the Book of Mormon and restored gospel, my life went from broken and unorganized, to imperfectly beautiful. Discovering the restored gospel helped me see that I would never have to do hard things alone."
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May 17, 2016 02:52 PM MDT
For more from Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks check out, "Is There a Mormon Burnout Epidemic?" "4 Ways What You Think Is Humility Could Actually Be Pride," and "Avoiding Mormon Burnout: Why It's Okay to Say 'No.'"
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By  Cathy Neff
April 25, 2016 08:24 PM MDT
As a theatrical composer, I am very used to looking at a story through a character’s eyes and placing myself in their shoes; I feel the emotions that they would feel so I would know what they would say and how they would say it. If a character is going to break into song, they better have a good reason, and I’d better know what it is.
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April 25, 2016 03:59 PM MDT
Stealing, pain, screaming, heartbreak. How do you come to forgive those who hurt you the deepest, those who were meant to love and protect you?
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April 14, 2016 01:30 PM MDT
The family of an 18-year-old who died on his mission in Taiwan after being struck by a car shared their testimonies and memories as they talked more about their son's life and his death. "His life hasn’t been ruined he had a great life here on earth and he’s going to have a great life in the afterlife,” his mother shared.
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April 09, 2016 03:50 PM MDT
When LDS artist Nnamdi heard his brother had died, he never thought he could forgive the man who killed him or find peace again. Though younger, it was always his brother who supported him and who made his new life as an artist possible. But, through the Savior, Nnamdi came to find a deep and abiding peace.
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