A person doesn't have to ask for our forgiveness and we do not have to tell them that we forgive them, but we do have to forgive them.
Imagine a man was shielded by God from having lots of big rocks fall in him. A relatively small rock hit him in the head and he wondered to God why he had to get hit by that relatively small rock. The man loses consciousness. When he wakes he notices all the blood. He panics. He is angry. He rushes to stop the bleeding. He gets to the hospital. The doctors patch him up and tell him he will be fine. While he is healing, he is angry that he has to go through such pain and the size of the scar that the injury will leave him with. He focuses on all the time he is off work healing.
What kind of person is he during this time? He does not remember all of the much bigger bigger rocks that fell around him without hitting him. He only focuses on his pain and not on gratitude. Even if he doesn’t know it was God that spared him, but a little gratitude, for his life and for no worse injuries, would change him into a different disposition than all the pain and anger he feels. Thanking God would be great, but just acknowledging his situation with gratitude within himself and in his attitude would make a huge difference.
How often do we have things that hurt terribly and make us lose perspective and only focus on our pain?
Pay attention to coincidences in our lives and we can get a glimpse into the mysteries of God.
My partner's lesson on women and the priesthood.
A quarter is equal to two dimes and a nickel, but they are not the same. It is difficult to use two dimes and a nickel in a machine that requires a quarter, even though they are equal. Say you want to buy something that costs ten cents from one person and something that costs ten cents from another person and something else that costs five cents from yet another person. This is somewhat difficult with a quarter, even though its value is the same as two dimes and a nickel. You have to change it to not be a quarter any more.
First presidency message June - families can be together forever
If we don't pay attention to the moments we have we family or put off those moments they are quickly gone. This could be with siblings, children, parents, or grandparents time moves on, people get busy, or people die.
“Near the end of his life, one father looked back on how he had spent his time on earth. An acclaimed, respected author of numerous scholarly works, he said, ‘I wish I had written one less book and taken my children fishing more often.’
“Time passes quickly. Many parents say that it seems like yesterday that their children were born. Now those children are grown, perhaps with children of their own. ‘Where did the years go?’ they ask. We cannot call back time that is past, we cannot stop time that now is, and we cannot experience the future in our present state. Time is a gift, a treasure not to be put aside for the future but to be used wisely in the present.” (President Thomas S Monson, Dedication Day, October 2000 General Conference)