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“The great plan of happiness revealed to prophets is the plan for a happy family.
It is the love story between husband and wife, parents and children, that renews itself through the ages” (Boyd K. Packer).

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Ride of Your Life

Mr. and I have been discussing sex ed a lot of late.  Our oldest daughter was supposed to take that class in her 8th grade science class.  We decided to opt out of it and teach it at home.  Two reasons: 1) we feel that this topic falls under the category of parent's responsibility; 2) we did not think that some of the discussion matter was going to be age-appropriate.

So now we have to think more firmly on what we're going to teach.  We have the lesson plans from the school which we can use as a base (leaving out what we want, or adding our opinions).  We have books available.  And we have "The Family: A Proclamation to the World".  Now to schedule some time to have these lessons.  Yes.

Anyway, while I was pondering, I thought of an analogy for sex.

Imagine that sex is like an amusement park.  Satan runs one theme park.  There are all sorts of rides.  All ages are invited to attend.  You can bring a partner or meet up with one there.  Basically, it's an anything goes atmosphere.  There are no requirements to be able to ride and you're welcome on any ride.  Oh, but there's a catch.  There is no safety apparatus.  No seat belts and no shoulder pads.  You're just riding.  And hoping you don't fall out.  But hey, it's fun.  And you can do whatever you want.  Some people ride a lot of rides and try to convince others to join them.  

The Lord has his own park.  His rides are pretty awesome too.  Fast ones, slow ones, and loop-de-loop ones. AND his rides have safety features.  Seatbelts and shoulder pads to keep you safely in place while you enjoy the experience.  The difference?  There are standards you have to meet when you enter the park.  You have to come with your spouse, and you have to stay with them the entire time.  No dividing up and trying out different rides.  No inviting friends to join you.  It's just the two of you, having the time of your lives, in perfect safety.

At Satan's park, you're basically guaranteed a spill.  If you're lucky it will be a minor bruise, but it could have disastrous consequences.   You don't get to choose the severity of the consequences, though.

The Lord's park has a 100% safety record, so it's a pretty safe bet that you'll have a good time all the way through.


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