We Are THAT Family: The day my son read a cuss word

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  • Jeff Temple City, CA
    Oct. 19, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    @ RanchHand: There's no reason to assume that I didn't mean what I said. "Flip" and "fetch" are best preserved in their original meanings, not as replacements for bad words.

    Are you advocating for the bad words? They have meanings, too; and most have meanings that are best restricted from children.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Oct. 19, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    I disagree that we are "wired to be moral." Instead, I think we are pre-tuned to respond to the Light of Christ, which influences every person. We perceive it as our conscience, and it is an active compass that we can choose to follow. If we respond to it, eventually it will guide us to the Source of truth, even our Savior. It will prompt us to love God and our fellow men. When Saul (Paul) persecuted the Christians, he was battling the Light of Christ. This was what was meant by "kicking against the pricks."

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 3:52 p.m.


    Words like "flip" and "fetch"? Those were the two most common when I was on an LDS mission. They were simply replacements for that other "f" word and that "s" word.

    What difference does it make which word you use, when they're used identically and with the same intent? Those meanings should be preserved?

  • Jeff Temple City, CA
    Oct. 19, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    Language has meaning. It is important for us to preserve those meanings for our children.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    I'm just a sole who intentions are good. Oh Lord please don't let me be misunderstood. [The Animals].

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    To be moral, Intentions and manners are necessary. I intend {I plan] on keeping my word. I made a mistake, I didn't intend [plan] on hurting any ones feelings. So If we have a higher power, Something that is greater than ourselves, I think that the plan for us all might be. is to work with each each other and give the gifts you can keep. I think that that is what my higher power intends for me. Intentions, the plan.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    Wordsworth wrote: What we have loved/others will love, and we will teach them how.
    Imprimis magazine had an interesting article recently about literature for children.
    The writer, Meghan Cox Gurdon, helps us understand the role of adults in the lives of children...and that we ought to help children explore that which is decent and beautiful and inspiring in literature.

    I find it amusing that some commenters here feel a need to help the rest of us find our way in the world. Thanks for nothing.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    sorry I intended to say thoughtful of others.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    George Carlin nailed it. These are just words. We empower them by how we react to them. Of course we need a moral compass, and in fact we're born wired to be moral. We learned it in order to survive as a species this long. It isn't something that necessarily need be imposed by force or fear of ones' mortal soul; a lot of those 'truths' used to justify this process are vague, contradictory or very subjective. We all know society runs better if we're not rude or deliberately offensive to others, including using terminology which they may find offensive. It doesn't need any more justification than that.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    you know I will be honest I often cuss casually and sometimes without enough thought of those around me and I was prepared to be purely amused by yet another puritan telling me how evil i was but I have to say I respect the tone of most of this article and left feeling like maybe I could tr to be a little more continuous of others when in a place were others mat be hurt by my words. A little tolerance goes a long way.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    Tolerance is not a lie, truth is not absolute. God may or may not exist. The bible contains some truth but it also contains a lot of contradictions.