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Published: Monday, April 15 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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heidi ho
Fort Collins, CO

I have a problem with people that are for gay marriage and civil unions when our prophets and counselors have spoken over and over again about chastity before marriage and definining marriage as between a man and a woman.

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

I do not condone gay marriage or civil unions where aexual activity is involved. But I'm also aware that we live in a telestial world where others have their moral agency. While we're working towards a more celestial world, I'm for toleration, understanding, and yes, love, of those who struggle with issues none of us fully understand.

I like to encourage those who have differing practices in their lifestyles than mine to try to learn what the Lord wants of them and to be obedient to what they learn. But that may involve a lot of patience, acceptance, and endurance on my part.

The same goes for heterosexuality outside of marriage, practices against the LDS "Word of Wisdom", dishonesty, or any other unethical or immoral practice. True, there's a delicate balance there because of the times when the "sword of justice" must fall. But if we want to become perfect as our Father in Heaven is, and as our Savior commanded us, shouldn't we be willing to try to balance justice with mercy?

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Regardless of one's attitudes and beliefs about being gay, learning that your son or daughter is gay doesn't make him or her any less your child or you any less the parent. What it should do is increase your desire to understand and strengthen your capacity to empathize with one you care about and others like them.

lovelbird
Lovell, WY

I'm curious what gay marriage or civil unions have to do with this article? I'm not aware of Marie's personal views on the subject, but its not ever mentioned in the article. If she does have views differing from revealed doctrine and counsel, the Marie and I will above to agree to disagree, and I'll let her Bishop worry about her views.

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT

"She addresses the postpartum issues that drove her to leave her children with a baby sitter and a credit card."

Regular women in the lower and middle economic classes do not have such a luxury. They simply buck up and deal through their challenges, be they abusive marriages, financial challenges, or even postpartum. I'm sorry that you had postpartum, but it is only your class and privileged position that allowed you to flee the challenges of everyday life that 99% of other women have to face while addressing their problems. That is nothing to be proud of. Don't let your riches be a crutch to effectively addressing your problems while still living your life.

crawfordzoo
Barstow, CA

Wow! How judgmental. Unless you have been through depression - postpartum or otherwise - you really shouldn't speak. While middle or lower income women may not drive off in their cars, they have other ways to flee: drugs (including prescription) and alcohol come to mind. Children are left in filth and to their own devices by mothers who don't know how to cope. Is that any better? I am glad that Marie is in a position and willing to speak about the things that are often swept under the rug. If only one woman is going to seek help because of her speaking out, it will be worth it.

luv2organize
Gainesville, VA

I think Marie's mother left a great gift by keeping a journal. We can all learn from our parents and I think that Olive was brilliant in keeping her thoughts in writing. The only thing that rubbed me wrong with this articles was her comment that "My mother never worked outside our home. I've always had to work." No, Marie, you didn't HAVE to work. We all make choices. I come from a working mother family so don't get me wrong here - I'm not judging that she shouldn't work. I'm just saying that she chose to work.

3boyzmom
chattanooga, tn

I, for one, hate to see this book of hers plastered all over Deseret Book and this newspaper holding her up as some sort of example for LDS women. She did NOT have to work in the financial sense. She loves the spotlight and attention; can't say that I blame her for that. But is it worth divorce after divorce? Is it worth children losing their way?

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

Haven't rad the book, don't plan to. I liked their music,when they sang, thought the comedy was juvenile and ruined their music. I cannot think of one good think about raising your family to be popular entertainers. Raising children to play an instrument, supporting talent as it emerges is another thing, but I could not then nor now figure out the positive benefits of taking a whole family's childhood and trade it for fame (as fleeting as it is) and fortune (as it is perceived). I do not hold any ill will toward any of the Osmonds but rather do not really care that much. All of us have had or will have struggles. I have found out that catastrophes in our lives are interesting anecdotes in the lives of others, and best left that way so we all can move on. We usually don't learn from another's missteps, and promoting them turns into self promotion. In my not so humble opinion.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

Really? Haven't we all heard about Marie's numerous trials enough?I used to be a big fan, but I've grown tired of her martyr attitude. Life is tough for everyone. Marie has created many of her problems through her own decisions. I feel sad that this amazing talent has become such a sad case.

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