Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Don't Drink the Water

"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen; 
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, 
We first endure, 
then pity, 
then embrace.” 
  ~Alexander Pope

We've all heard those words from pulpits, parents, and leaders.  So please, please . . . be careful about what you watch. (And yes, those two links are part of this post, and really must be read.  I'll wait.  Just take the three minutes and go do it.)  

Think about what you bring into your home.  Then remember these words:

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, and virtuous, and in doing good to all men.  Indeed we may say we follow the admonition of Paul.  We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things.  If there is anything lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."  (Articles of Faith 1:13)

Does that which is not honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, lovely, of good report, and praiseworthy (and that doesn't mean praised by those whose lives and examples lie outside of the aforementioned qualities) belong in our homes?  The one place on earth which can compare in holiness to the temple?

With love,

Annalea

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