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8 Spot-On Answers to Your Top Questions about Standards

Charlotte Larcabal Church Magazines

For the Strength of Youth has the answers to some of your most common questions.

The last time you had a question about standards, growing up, or living your best life, did you think to crack open your For the Strength of Youth pamphlet? (Download a PDF.)

Apostles of the Lord have said that For the Strength of Youth is “inspired guidance” and a “saving pamphlet,” so it makes sense that it would have answers to at least a few of your burning questions.

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We looked at some of your most commonly asked questions and found the answers right in For the Strength of Youth! Check it out.

How can I make good friends?

“To have good friends, be a good friend. Show genuine interest in others; smile and and let them know you care about them. Treat everyone with kindness and respect, and refrain from judging and criticizing those around you. Do not participate in any form of bullying. Make a special effort to be a friend to those who are shy or lonely, have special needs, or do not feel included” (For the Strength of Youth, 16).

How can I stop saying the same things over and over in my prayers?

“In your prayers, pour out your heart to your Father in Heaven in thanks for the blessings you have received. Be specific in thanking Him for His goodness, for your family, for friends, for leaders and teachers, for the gospel, and for His Son, Jesus Christ” (For the Strength of Youth, 18).

Why should I watch my language? Aren’t swear words just words? 

“How you communicate should reflect who you are as a son or daughter of God. Clean and intelligent language is evidence of a bright and wholesome mind. Good language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others invites the Spirit to be with you” (For the Strength of Youth, 20).

How can I be happier?

“Live with a spirit of thanksgiving and you will have greater happiness and satisfaction in life. Gratitude will turn your heart to the Lord and help you recognize His influence and blessings in your life. Even in your most difficult times, you can find much to be grateful for. Doing so will strengthen and bless you” (For the Strength of Youth, 18). (Read “Gratitude—Feel It and Live It.”)

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Why does it matter what I watch or listen to?

“You live in a day of marvelous technologies that give you easy access to a wide variety of media, including the Internet, mobile devices, video games, television, movies, music, books, and magazines. The information and entertainment provided through these media can increase your ability to learn, communicate, and become a force for good in the world. However, some information and entertainment can lead you away from righteous living. Choose wisely when using media, because whatever you read, listen to, or look at has an effect on you. Select only media that uplifts you” (For the Strength of Youth, 11). (Watch “Things as They Really Are.”)

Why should I repent now instead of later?

“If you have sinned, the sooner you repent, the sooner you begin to make your way back and find the peace and joy that come with forgiveness. If you delay repentance, you may lose blessings, opportunities, and spiritual guidance. You may also become further entangled in sinful behavior, making it more difficult to find your way back” (For the Strength of Youth, 28). (Read “How to Really Repent.”)

What exactly are the limits of appropriate physical affection?

“Before marriage, do not participate in passionate kissing, lie on top of another person, or touch the private, sacred parts of another person’s body, with or without clothing. Do not do anything else that arouses sexual feelings. … Avoid situations that invite increased temptation, such as late-night or overnight activities away from home or activities where there is a lack of adult supervision. Do not participate in discussions or any media that arouse sexual feelings. Do not participate in any type of pornography” (For the Strength of Youth, 36). (Watch “Chastity: What Are the Limits?”)

If I’m not “looking for someone,” what’s the point of dating?

“[Dating] can help you learn and practice social skills, develop friendships, have wholesome fun, and eventually find an eternal companion” (For the Strength of Youth, 4).

How do I know if I have integrity?

“Integrity means thinking and doing what is right at all times, no matter what the consequences. When you have integrity, you are willing to live by your standards and beliefs even when no one is watching” (For the Strength of Youth, 19). (Watch “Honesty: You Better Believe It!”)

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