Teaching Young People the Value of Chastity

Nearly every religion teaches the principle of chastity before marriage, but fewer and fewer people are observing it. The Family: A Proclamation to the World states that "God has commanded that children are entitled to birth within the bounds of matrimony." In today's culture, most people consider sex before marriage normal. Movies, television shows, and popular music all reflect this. God, however, has not rescinded the strict standard of chastity he taught in the Bible. The Proclamation...
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At Christmas, Being Thankful for Those Never-Ending Chores

Seeing My Blessings Through Another’s Eyes Being the mother of a large family and the wife of someone who’s usually out of town, I frequently feel overwhelmed with work.  There are so many things to do, so many anxieties and concerns.  We are in a real financial hole, so there is that ever-present worry, with no money coming in and so many expenses just now. The Christmas season is approaching, which seems to multiply the chores.  There are cards to somehow find time to write.  There’s...
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The Refiner’s Fire

Two sons, her daughter, her husband.  All had cancer.  Three died. "The refiner’s fire is not a comfortable place to be. It involves intense heat and repeated hammering. But it is in the refiner’s fire we are purified and prepared to meet God."  This woman's faith grew through these terrible trials, and she provides hope and compassion to others.   The Refiner's Fire
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My Family Background and My Fitness for Marriage – Part 1

Preserving the Good from My Family How Does the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from our Families Affect Me—and What Do I Do about It?           By Dr. Thomas B. Holman and Abby Viveiros We have sayings about that, and you have probably heard them: “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” “Chip off the old block,” and “Like father, like son.” In a lot of cases, we hope these sayings are true—we admire our parents and hope we can live up to their examples as individuals, as a couple, and as...
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