My Family Background and My Fitness for Marriage – Part 2

Coming to Terms with Dysfunctional Family Background Issues By Dr. Thomas B. Holman and Abby Viveiros Christ’s Atonement Working in Us Changes our Hearts about Bad Things that Happened in our Family Backgrounds My students and I did a large number of interviews of young single adults several different times during a 12 month period. We asked them about their current dating relationships and about their family background. Some like Amanda had family dysfunction in her family background. ...
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Successful Single Parenting

Divorced and widowed parents with small children have an overflowing plate - often feeling their daily life is overwhelming.  This program from BYUtv shows the lives of several single parents, and gives sound insight into how to cope with such huge challenges by demonstrating how these people did it: Successful Single Parenting    
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Divorce Leads to Children’s Loss of Faith

This article shows how the apparent decline in the number of those calling themselves Christians is directly related to the increase in the number of divorces.  At the same time, this implies that children of intact families will be much more likely to retain the faith of their parents.  This proves once more that the family is the basic building block of religion and therefore of society: The Real Reason Fewer People Call Themselves Christians
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After Bitter Disappointments, Sweet Consolation

From early girlhood, I anticipated leading my conception of an ideal life.  I would marry a wonderful man, we would raise a noble family of exemplary children, and we would influence thousands of people with our Christlike living and closeness to God.  I don’t know how I developed the hubris to think I was capable of such a thing, but I was bursting with self-confidence and the sense that this was my destiny. It didn’t happen.  I did marry a man with a lot of potential, and we had several...
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The Benefits of Chastity Before Marriage

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 the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife"  and 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 ...
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Financial Challenges in Families

Nearly every family has problems with money, and often it's disagreements over finances that cause marriages to end in divorce.  (In 85% of divorces, money is a factor.)  Here is a Real Families Real Answers (TM) episode that shows how two families, one from New Hampshire, one from Nevada, both with 4 kids, have learned to deal with this issue.  In one case, the husband is a spender and the wife is a saver - a situation laden with potential conflict - but they've learned to work through thei...
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