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Teaching the Doctrine of the Family - article by Julie B. Beck. One of the best outlines of the What, Why, and How of teaching the importance of family.



A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth - article by Gordon B. Hinckley featuring what is now known as "the 6 B's."


Building a Strong Family - Examples and ideas to help you solve problems and develop a strong family.

Listening, Learning, and Loving - an article by M Russell Ballard directed toward youth and their parents.

Scriptures4Kids - Kids can read along with, or be read to from, the scriptures at 4 different reading levels.


Values And Virtues

PureHope.net - Providing Christian solutions in a sexualized culture.

Mormon Messages - Video messages that teach Christian values and the importance of family.

The Trap - Book. Helps parents talk with children about modesty and pornography.

Everyday ways to Teach Values: Empathy,Conscience,Common Respect,Tolerance,Fairness.

Sing Me A Scripture - Scripture verses set to music to help with memorization.


Getting Help


Exploring Options for the Treatment of Depression
By Darla Isackson and Peggy McFarland, MS, NCC


CombatingPornography.org - If you or someone you love is struggling with pornography, there is hope.



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