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    Happy Families: Uplifting Traditions

    March 23, 2015

    The Pereira family shares their traditions that strengthen their family.

    What sort of traditions does your family enjoy? Are they traditions that come from cultures around the world, or are they unique to your own home? In the new Happy Families episode, the Pereira family shares a few of the ways they incorporate traditions into their lives.

    Tanya Pereira grew up in Goa, India, where she raised chickens as a little girl. Now her daughter, Kayla, raises chickens of her own.

    “I wanted to give my daughter the same experience I had when I was growing up, and she absolutely loves them,” Tanya says.

    Tanya and her husband, Neville, regularly make chapati, which is unleavened flatbread, a staple food in India. Tanya and Neville learned how to make it when they were young. Now they pass the tradition and technique on to their children.

    “It’s fun to do it with my family because it’s neat [to hear about] all the stories of when they used to do it when they were younger,” Kayla says.

    Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy taught the importance of cultural and family traditions in bringing us closer to each other and to Heavenly Father.

    “Our culture and its related traditions help establish our sense of identity and fill the vital human need to belong. … Uplifting traditions play a significant role in leading us toward the things of the Spirit,” he said in his address “Cultivate Righteous Traditions.”

    Elder L. Tom Perry shared a similarly inspiring thought in his talk “Family Traditions”: “If we will build righteous traditions in our families, the light of the gospel can grow ever brighter in the lives of our children from generation to generation.”

    How does your family apply these principles? Share an idea in the comments to help others.