When I heard about a ward member's child who was exposed to pornography in the second grade, I suddenly became aware of all the ways pornography could leak into my home. Here's my list of 12 places to watch out for and how you can help shore up your walls against this modern plague.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I took our two young kids to a neighborhood party. When we arrived, we scouted the food, grabbed something tasty, and made our way over to a couple of neighbors we recognized from the ward.
After talking for a while, somehow the conversation turned to our kids and the schools in our area. Since our son is getting ready to enter the public education system, we discussed local preschools, favorite teachers, and the general atmosphere at the elementary school.
And that's when it happened.
Our neighbor (and fellow ward-member) told us the story of how her young boy (he's only in the second grade) was exposed to pornography.
Pornography… in the second grade.
My world stopped.
I looked over at my son and daughter. Two of the most precious people in my life. Two of the three most important things to me in the entire world. My thoughts raced. How was I going to protect them? How could I keep them from being exposed to such disgusting filth at such a young age? How could I keep them innocent for as long as possible?
As I've had a few weeks to recover from the initial shock of the moment, I realize it's impossible to put my children in a bubble and protect them from everything bad in the world (even though I plan to try my hardest for as long as I can).
Did your mission convert you to soccer? Who do you root for during the World Cup? Join the ranks of football-loving Mormons worldwide!
Before my mission, I never watched soccer—let alone the World Cup. I knew that the world at large loved it, but I just didn’t see the appeal. I never grew up watching it, and so I didn’t bother learning about the sport. I was happy with my basketball and my American football, thank you very much.
But then I went on my mission to a French island where the kids learn to play by kicking around coconuts in the streets. I happened to serve during 2010, smack dab in the middle the World Cup and Spain’s heyday. I couldn’t walk the streets without hearing updates in conversation or enter members’ homes without seeing a match on the television. That’s where my perception about real football changed.
I’ve been hooked ever since. The speed. The agility. The power! How did I not see it before??
And then I realized that I wasn’t the only Mormon RM with the same addiction. For the past week, I’ve watched my Facebook feed blow up with friends rooting for their mission countries. Maybe America doesn’t know that there are so many Mormon soccer fans in the United States. But these LDS fans don’t call it soccer—they call it football, ever since the people in their missions taught them the correct term for it. And some of them don’t even root for America. These RMs root for countries like Russia, Uruguay, Italy, and Brazil, where they fell in love with the people, culture, and real football—without pads or helmets.
Check out these cool facts and studies that show why religious teens--Mormons in particular--are less likely to get in trouble and more likely to be happier in life.
There are countless studies discussing the relationship between religion and teens' habits. In short, teens that are raised in a religious home are more likely to stay away from debilitating habits and develop healthier ones.
In a recent study from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, which represented over 14,000 American youth, it was discovered that religious youth with intact families are less likely to:
• do drugs
• engage in physical intimacy
Additionally, this study pointed out that religious teens also have a higher GPA in high school.
A separate study indicated that teens who practice religion will:
From football to gymnastics, check out these impressive stats and stories from Mormon athletes you might not have heard about.
Matt Sherwood, World Champion Team Roper
We've all heard about the Steve Youngs and Jimmer Fredettes of the LDS sports world--but what about other little-known Mormons in sports? Check out some of these quick facts and interesting tidbits about LDS athletes you might not have heard about before.
13 - Age at which champion surfer Joy Monahan started surfing competitively
10 - Age at which Olympic snowboarder Jessika Jenson picked up snowboarding
They say that the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight--but does it? Read more about this Mormon phrase and let us know if and when your family has a curfew.
If you find yourself out late at night, watch out--they say that the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight.
Who is "they"? Many of us have heard this funny Mormon phrase from our moms and dads, grandparents, teachers, and friends. We've even heard the phrase over the pulpit once in general conference:
Have expectations for your children. We had a curfew and told our sons that the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight. When they didn’t come home, a few times the Holy Ghost told me to go out and find them. That surprised a few of their dates! We laugh about that now—but I must admit, laughter comes easier as they have grown older.
Of course, we all know that the Holy Ghost doesn't actually "go to bed" at midnight, or at any other time. This simple turn of phrase isn't used to arbitrarily limit the Holy Ghost's influence; as long as we are worthy, we are promised that we will "always have his spirit to be with [us]." And nothing magical happens between 11:59pm and 12:01am that suddenly changes our worthiness. Rather, saying that "the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight" is a tongue-in-cheek way of encouraging youth and young single adults to mind the time--and their actions--when they're out on the town, especially late at night. Every parent knows that the later young people stay out (even righteous and well-intentioned youth), the more likely they are to make questionable decisions and find trouble.