Our relationships, especially the ones that have the power to affect us at our very cores, can elevate us to beautiful views of love, loyalty, sincerity and compassion and also send us crashing into the depths of self-doubt, loneliness and despair; and sometimes we experience both within the same relationship over the course of a few minutes, hours or days. Relationships are so fluid, multifaceted and unique which can leave us feeling content and/or conflicted. Their quirky intricacies are known only to the individuals party to them so it’s nearly impossible to guess at the exact dynamics that play out in other relationships. Oftentimes we keep details about our most treasured relationships pretty close to home. And yet our daily interactions throw us headlong into many situations where relational satisfaction and discord are very deftly displayed. I believe our goal is to learn to relate to each other with the same honesty, compassion and understanding that the Savior offers us. And I believe that any precious time and effort we devote to enhancing our relationships is time well-spent.
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