What have you learned from watching our Happy Families series about real, unique families doing their best? Below are a few of our favorite lessons. Simple yet profound, these principles will bless your family if you choose to apply them.
1. Prayer works.
“Prayer is one of the most powerful tools I have as a mom and that we use as a family. We pray together every morning and night; we pray at every meal; we pray for each other; we pray all the time. I start every day asking for help that I can do my best and be a good mom—that I can be a better mom—and that I can do everything I have ahead of me. I end every day usually asking forgiveness for all the mistakes I made. Mistakes are inevitable, but that doesn't mean I can't start again. … I know Heavenly Father is listening. Prayer works.” —Claire Kenny, mother of six
2. Family time is most important.
“The lessons we have learned through being laid off, not having success in a prior business, having an illness, losing a championship game, struggling through piano lessons, bullying, and many other heartbreaks have all helped us become stronger and value what is most important; that is, spending quality time with each other.” —Tanya Pereira, mother of three
3. Jesus Christ is the key to happiness.
“I really feel that Jesus Christ is the key to a happy family. If you think of it, all of the characteristics that Christ exemplified are those necessary to have a truly happy family—patience, love, obedience, humility, and more. I believe that so long as we strive to live as the Savior lived, we’ll discover a level of happiness in our families that nothing else can bring.” —Josh Davies, one of seven siblings
4. You can’t replicate family bonding experiences.
“No other relationships can produce anything to match the joy that comes from family. There is nothing like good, wholesome fun together. Having that type of time somehow fills and sustains the soul in ways that nothing else can. Spending time together creates memories that last. It creates bonds that cannot be broken. It gives us reason to belong to something bigger than ourselves. We have opportunities to work as a team, forgive, repent, confide, console, etc. You can't replicate it.” —Connie Chavez, single mother of four