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Published: Thursday, Jan. 2 2014 10:05 a.m. MST

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orem, UT

SlopJ30- How can you know that they don't know?

Thanks for sharing your hard-earned perspective on the real beauty of your wife. When a person is faced with the reality of death you do give more thought about what comes next. I can't imagine a more real life issue than what you and your wife went through.

Ephrata, WA

As we were preparing to blend 2 families several years ago, I was fretting over the condition of the body I'd be presenting--wrinkles, sags, and enough stretch marks to cause my abdomen resemble a road map, complete with surgical-scar Interstates. He said, "Don't you know those are the marks of a queen? Any selfish princess can have a flawless body; it's a queen who has risked her life to bring a new life to the earth!"

Cedar Hills, UT

your body will age and sag and wrinkle after all you can do... your kids endure for ever..... am I missing something here??? Sure be fit and have fun but comparing your body to your kids is foolish. Like comparing a cracking piece of cement to a nugget of pure gold.

Houston, TX

Soft curves and toned muscles, with smooth skin and the spark of life combine to form the sublime visage of womanhood. However, this pales in comparison with the same form, added upon with a divine dignity and grace, coupled with a glory that is itself a divine power of infinite potential. Sunday school fable or vision vouchsafed by the power of the Holy Ghost? You decide, but there are many who will read this and say, "Yes, I have seen it, too."

Lake Havasu City, AZ

In the spirit of Eternal Life, what does it matter if we don't look like we did when we were a teenager. I am the mother of 5 wonderful children, and would have had more had there been more for me. I was married at 18 and had my first child that first year. She is now a beautiful Grandma herself at the age of 68 As I look at the pictures of my beautiful mother, who has been gone for many years, I love every wrinkle, and her beautiful dark eyes, still reveal her smile and love for her 10 children. May the Lord Bless you and your children, and may you be blessed with many more.

East Carbon, UT

Giving up a body for another body is worth it!

Kaysville, UT

A beautiful commentary on the carbon footprint a child leaves on its mother. And remember, breastfeeding helps prevent breast cancer. Enjoy motherhood!

Phoenix, AZ

I love this article! I am the proud mother of four children and each has "marred" my body in some way. I consider the stretch marks, sagging skin, baggy belly and other such evidences as blessings. My husband and I struggled for six years with infertility and I wouldn't trade a single post-pregnancy mark on my body for the flat belly and thin hips I had before having children. Every sign of childbearing on my body is to me a badge of honor. I have a mature, child-bearing woman's body and I am extremely grateful for it!

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

Just to clarify. The reason my wife exercises and eats healthy is not so much for good looks as to be able to take care of the children we have and to be able to have more. Good looks are just a nice side effect which we both are thankful for.

San Bernardino, CA

I'm probably spoiled because my wife eats very healthy and loves to exercise, but I think this article is improtant. Our Utah wives and mothers are stressed to the max. They have to be everything, mother of 8 amazing kids, fitness model body, RS president, PTA officer, TV worthy chef, tuned into culture, literate, math and keep a beautifully clean house. You can't do it all and if you maximize one area you lose out on another. I like articles like this because they take alittle pressure off. Utah culture is ridiculous and permeates the LDS church. Take a load off ladies, relax, have some fun. We love you for so many reasons that don't include keeping up with the Joneses. We married you becauase you're out best friends and confidants. In a state with such high rates of depression, messages like this for women will never come too often.


Feminism is in large measure the reason why many women feel this way. And it's shameful. Not to mention, to say that the very thing that the female body was designed for in the first place "ruins" it is patently absurd.

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