LDS Ensign Feature: Compassion and Forgiveness in Families

Andrea Lystrup was featured in the June 2019 edition of the Ensign for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Below is an excerpt from this article. 

As a marriage and family therapist, I frequently have people come to me asking for advice on how to improve their relationships. I once had a client tearfully list her grievances against her husband. She told me how he wouldn’t listen to her. He would come home from work and go straight to the computer. As I listened, I could see that she was in a lot of emotional pain. We talked about some of her goals, but at the end of our session she said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, all that sounds great, but what are you going to do to fix my husband?” The fact is we can’t make anybody change. If the thought of changing family members sounds appealing, then consider applying these therapeutic gospel principles…

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