Posts Tagged ‘ Chastity, Sex, and Marriage ’

Marriage University

October 30, 2008 | 11 comments
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The Lovely One and I were lazing in bed and got to talking about life expectancy. Barring mishap, we figured we’d reach our 50th wedding anniversary, no problem. Read more »

Porn increases infidelity?

October 28, 2008 | 54 comments
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The New York Times has an interesting write-up on the latest infidelity research. Among other morceau, researchers have found a rise in infidelity among young couples and speculate that increasing porn use may be responsible. Read more »

Sex, blah, blah, blah.

August 13, 2008 | 26 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

FTA: Dating, Jane Austen, and the Virtues of Chastity

July 8, 2008 | 49 comments
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Like most rugged and red-blooded American men I have long enjoyed the work of Jane Austen. Read more »

Christ for the Pagans

September 14, 2007 | 9 comments
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A First Things writer reckons that the West needs a pagan revival before it can have a Christian revival. In Africa and in the ancient world, the theory goes, Christianity flourished because the people were afraid of the capricious spiritual powers and principalities and were glad to find refuge in a God who could love and be loved; who would free them from demons; who did not demand sacrifice. Read more »

From Russia With Love- Updated

January 23, 2007 | 54 comments
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There is a certain sort of person that is just so self-absorbed and generally unaware that it just doesn’t feel wrong to gossip about them, they’d just enjoy the extra attention. In my childhood ward it was Brother L.- in that ward people traded gossip about Brother L. like baseball cards. In fact it feels so normal to gossip about him that I’m having a tough time not filling this post with endless stories about stupid things he’s done. He was, in short, a tough person to get along with, and take seriously (I think it was his Dracula... Read more »

Raise up seed unto me

June 6, 2006 | 38 comments
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I have a couple of theological and historical/statistical questions about the reasons for polygamy. Read more »

I am now officially not young

March 30, 2006 | 58 comments
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It happened not long ago. I started getting emails from something called the Cambridge Stake MSA. As is my habit with all mass mailings, I deleted the first few without reading them, but after a while I noticed them and realized that I didn’t know what MSA stood for. Turns out MSA is the “Middle Singles,” which is everyone 30-50 years old who isn’t married. In the eyes of the church, I am no longer a “Young Single Adult.” I’m just a “Single Adult.” I am now officially old. Read more »

Worthless dating advice

March 28, 2006 | 15 comments
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The October 2004 New Era was a special issue dedicated to marriage and dating. As a member of a singles ward, I was encouraged to read the issue, so I did. Frankly, it was to me more a source of hilarity than inspiration– probably at least in part because I was almost twice the age of their target audience. One of my roommates and I amused ourselves for a couple of hours reading our favorite passages aloud and laughing our heads off. Read more »

Infertility

January 17, 2006 | 10 comments
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Infertility is a huge topic, as large in its own way as the topic of birth control. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do it justice. I fully recognize that this can be an extremely sensitive issue for couples for many reasons. I absolutely do not judge any patients for making choices in dealing with infertility that I would not recommend professionally. I also fully celebrate the life of all children of God, regardless of how they were conceived. With this background in place, I wish simply to make three points. Read more »

Postfertilization effects of birth control methods

January 17, 2006 | 6 comments
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In considering options of which birth control method to use, couples have a variety of factors that they may consider. Read more »

It is a truth universally acknowledged…

January 10, 2006 | 21 comments
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The setting: An experiment using speed-dates to determine what people want in a first date. These are brief, four minute interactions, after which you write down whether or not you’d be willing to go on a date with that person. The subjects: Columbia University grad students The results: Read more »

NFP part 3- Interest and use

January 8, 2006 | 46 comments
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Natural family planning (NFP) Part 3- Interest and use Read more »

NFP part 2- Summary of methods and effectiveness

January 8, 2006 | one comment
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Natural family planning (NFP) Part 2- Summary of NFP methods and effectiveness Read more »

Natural family planning part 1- Medical overview

January 7, 2006 | 4 comments
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NFP is not a single method. Rather, it is a group of different “methods for planning and preventing pregnancies by observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle, with the avoidance of intercourse during the fertile phase if pregnancy is to be avoided.” (World Health Organization, 1982) Read more »

Features of an ideal family planning method

December 30, 2005 | 62 comments
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Before posting on natural family planning (NFP) or any other family planning methods specifically, I think it is worthwhile to consider a more general question: What would you consider the features of an ideal method of family planning? I am talking here about features, not about any specific method. For reasons that may become apparent below, I prefer the broader term “family planning” to the terms “birth control” or “contraception.” Read more »

Are sex and procreation connected?

December 28, 2005 | 171 comments
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First, I’d like to thank Matt Evans for the invitation to be a guest contributor to T&S. On the too few occasions that I’ve taken the time to look through T&S, I’ve seen a lot of interesting and often edifying discussions. I hope I can contribute constructively. For my first contribution, I’d like to address the question: Is there a connection between having sex and having children? Read more »

The horse you rode in on

September 28, 2005 | 389 comments
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I’m still trying to scrape my jaw off of the floor after reading some of Adam Greenwood’s comments over at, you know, that other other blog. Read more »

Did We Raise the Bar too Far?

April 24, 2005 | 176 comments
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The number of missionaries is down about 15,000 from its peak. The number of convert baptisms is down about 20% per missionary. Retention rates are also down. There are numbers of young men who would be willing to serve missions who are not allowed to because of sins that would not have barred them from missionary service previously. Is there a link here? Read more »

Eight Not-So-Simple Rules . . .

March 23, 2005 | 44 comments
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Thought LDS dating rules were draconian? ‘Courtship‘ is the trendy new (old) thing among Christian fundamentalists. Read more »

Pornography my enemy.

February 11, 2005 | 69 comments
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Who can hate the devil and like pornography? Me, I hate them both. Read more »

The Question You Should Never Ask

October 31, 2004 | 49 comments
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“Are you pregnant?” In the past two weeks, for some reason I have had four people ask me this question and variations on it: “Are you and Kristen expecting another?” “Are you going to have another baby?” “When is the next baby coming?” Read more »

Starward!

October 7, 2004 | 30 comments
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The Lord reveals through many prophets, “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” He does not reveal that by great things are great things brought to pass. He doesn’t need to. We already know. Read more »

The problem of p0rn

October 5, 2004 | 40 comments
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President Hinkley was pretty sober at the Priesthood session when he spoke about p0rn. He read a hard letter from an afflicted wife. He grieved the 57 billion dollars spent on p0rn worldwide (57 billion dollars gone down the devil’s rat-hole). He mourned for the women who love the men who get addicted. He mourned the lost blessings of those men. P0rn, he said, says amen to the priesthood of its beholders. Read more »

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