Helping Teens Avoid Risky Behavior

Parenting is a sacred and honorable duty. The Family: A Proclamation to the World states that parents have the sacred duty of rearing their children in love and righteousness. This includes guiding adolescents away from risky behaviors. Risk Behaviors Three common risk behaviors parents worry about among their teens are sexual activity, delinquency, and substance use. Participating in these behaviors can lead to a number of poor outcomes in the later years. Unfortunately, the media hav...
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Answers to Prayers

By Paula B My daughter was born very prematurely and experienced subsequent health problems. During this time, I learned to rely on God more and received answers to my prayers in different ways. Sometimes God guided the words I said in my prayers. About a week after her birth, when my daughter’s condition was extremely critical after an emergency surgery, I found myself praying for patience. Patience was not the original solution I sought, but that is what I needed. Another time I foun...
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How Can I Decide Without Knowing the Outcome?

By: Marci M When I was in 8th grade, I accidentally won a full scholarship to a private high school. It happened like this: my parents always told me that standardized test-taking is a skill in itself, so I should practice any chance I got. One day I learned that a small private high school in my hometown was offering a scholarship competition for anyone who wanted to spend two consecutive Saturdays taking standardized tests from 8 am – 5 pm. Gee, I wanted to find out if I could think that lo...
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Can We Receive Daily Inspiration?

By Darsi D. Turmoil reigned! One of my boys had put a piece of pizza in the microwave and now couldn’t get the microwave door open. I had been out for the evening, leaving my husband with our five boys, and now their food was securely locked in the microwave. After examining the oven and determining that the opening mechanism was broken, I moved on to getting the kids to bed. I lay down with my youngest son, talking about the events of the day and saying good-night. As I lay there, the ide...
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Is God in Control of My Life?

By Chelsea B. A few months ago I was up against what I thought was the biggest decision in my life, probably because it was the most independent decision I had ever made. I was about to graduate from college, and my life would be “segmented” no more; I could shape “grown-up life” as I wanted. I really wanted to feel inspired with all the answers concerning all things future. But the impressions I did receive merely assured me that good things were coming. I felt that God wanted me to change m...
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Why Hasn’t He Parted the Sea…continued

By Barbara Previously, I wrote on adversities and posed this question, “Why hasn’t He parted the Sea for me?” In attempts to answer this question, I turned to passages of scripture in which prophets have pleaded to the Lord for intervention. I found that there are many instances in which the Lord does not resolve problems like He did with Moses when He parted the Sea. For example, the Prophet Joseph Smith while incarcerated in Liberty Jail in 1839 for advocating religious freedom pleaded to t...
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