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Couples are finding themselves careening down a slippery slope of texting, chatting, posting, and creating intimate connections that are often inappropriate. Here is how to safeguard your marriage.
It was a typical day in my couples counseling practice. I listened to a heartbroken spouse tearfully share her pain regarding what her husband had done. She had just discovered he had been cheating on her for the past six months with one of his old high school girlfriends. “How did this happen?” I asked the husband. He began to cry as well. He didn’t understand how it happened. He mentioned making jokes with the woman on a social media site one day when he saw her post something humorous. From there he described a tale of secrecy that moved to fullblown sexual indiscretions. His wife found out because he left his phone on with one of her messages loaded.
President Harold B. Lee once taught that "The most effective preaching of the gospel is when it is accompanied by beautiful, appropriate music." This can be even more true in Primary, where kids have short attention spans, and there are tons of resources available to you—including a complimentary song download.
Primary can be a difficult but also very rewarding calling. Sometimes short attention spans and boundless energy can make it seem almost impossible to focus the lesson on the gospel and keep the class in control--and that's when you're really greatful for "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," "If You're Happy and You Know It," and the snowman and popcorn songs.
Sometimes, though, music can also produce a calming spirit that can touch the children in a way your words just can't seem to get through to them, and those moments can be beautiful. The Children's Songbook can be a great tool for this, but there are also other resources available to you that can be a great help.
When is it the right time to buy a house? Dave says a two- to three-year window may not even be enough.
My husband and I are on Baby Step 2 of your plan. We move every two or three years due to our jobs, so would it ever make sense in our situation to buy a house?
In most cases like this it doesn’t make sense to buy a house, especially if the real estate market in your area is lethargic. Some markets have bounced back and are doing very well, while some are worse than slow. It all depends on where you’re moving.
Here’s the big question: Can you get the place sold quickly the next time you have to move? Another thing to consider is whether or not you can sell it for more than it cost when the time comes. If not, you’ll be writing a check for home ownership, and that’s not a good plan.
As a general rule, a two- to three-year window is not enough time to own a home. There are rare exceptions to this rule, places where you have a hot, escalating price market. But if you’re not careful you’ll end up leaving behind a rental property and playing landlord, whether you want to or not!
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Contemporary Latter-day Saint composers have had a profound impact on Mormon culture with their beautiful melodies and inspiring messages. We at LDS Living wanted to pay tribute to these talented people and preserve an important part of our Mormon heritage by searching out the 100 greatest LDS songs of all time. After an extensive survey, you made your voices heard, and we are proud to present the results.
Read the stories behind the top three songs online, or buy the January/February issue of LDS Living to learn the stories behind all the top 10 songs, from the high school student who wrote one of them late one night for a seminary devotional the next day to the struggling artist whose song launched a prolific career.