Meet King Henry VIII and his 4 generation pedigree chart!
King Henry VIII is infamous in British history and known throughout the world as the king who had 6 wives. Speaking of King Henry VIII's wives, Wikipedia says: "
A common mnemonic device to remember the fates of Henry's consorts is 'Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived'." What legacy did he leave? Two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth who continued the feud began by their mothers--each believing they had been grievously wronged by the other. Their feud extended beyond their personal feelings to impact their feelings of religion and deeply impacted their people who suffered from the whiplash as the kingdom changed hands and loyalties. Sibling rivalries come out of situations far less rife with tragedy than did Elizabeth and Mary's, but how can they be avoided. The simple and cliche answer is the title of one of the most familiar hymns in the LDS church: Love at home.
Consider this statement by Theodore Hesburgh:
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Not exactly words that King Henry VIII lived by in his life that more closely exampled a terrible soap opera than anything worth emulating. Whenever I hear this statement, I'm reminded to also take a minute and consider the reverse--do I show my husband enough love and in a such way that my children understand that love at home starts with me and my example? Things to ponder and always things to work on, but also remember: "You're doing better than you think you are" and certainly better than King Henry VIII did.
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