Family Strengths: Community and Family Ties

Strong families are connected to others in the community. They don't stand alone. You will find such families closely involved with extended families and friends, schools, churches, and local organizations that promote the well-being of individuals and communities, and help develop and educate their children. While connections with extended family and friends are always important, their support is often critical in times of great need. For example, one family lost their father in an auto-...
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Heavenly Father, Do You Love Me?

By Jessica B. My parents divorced when I was four years old and would both remarry and divorce again in later years. Because of the divorces and the abuse that came with those experiences I found myself, at the age of 13, doing things I shouldn't have been doing and feeling alone and misunderstood. I guess I could say I felt like I was in a dark, cold room that I couldn't get out of. I grew up having been taught about God, prayer and forgiveness. At times I felt the hope that those teachin...
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What is the Price of Giving Up?

By Braden F I was on my school's local swim team and I remember that during the beginning of every workout, I tried to remain positive that the workout would be easy and I wouldn't feel the exhaustion that comes during practice. As the practice continued, my optimism would fade quickly and I would ask the question that any hard-working athlete does: “Am I going to make it through this practice?” Practice after practice I felt this way and I started to wonder when the practices would go by wit...
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Why Me?

Nathan R. When I was six years old my babysitter abused me for several months. I didn’t know why it happening to me. I have asked myself that for a long time now. “Why me?”  Why when I hadn’t hurt anyone. I didn’t even know what was happening. It wasn’t fair. I didn’t know how to handle it. I realized what had happened wasn’t normal. It did not happen to everyone. I asked them and they had no idea what was going on, it was only happening to me. It made me weird, or at least different. I fe...
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