Wednesday, February 8, 2012

God Gave You a Body

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I read this amazing post by Stephanie at Diapers & Divinity last night about the shattering effect of pornography and couldn't help but feel the need to create something that would help me teach my young children how to defend themselves against these harmful images that surround us.

I will be using this "story" to teach my children how to keep their minds and bodies safe and to teach them the truth about who created their bodies in the first place.  

Feel free to use this story to springboard into a discussion with your precious children.  

Teach them today to flee from the pernicious tide of pornography.  They are not to young to learn these important truths.  Click below to download and print the story.  There is also a link in this document to some "modest" paper dolls to help facilitate your discussion.  

UPDATED September 2012:  "God Gave You a Body" is now a fully-illustrated children's book.  Please feel free to download the illustrated version below and print and share it with the children in your life:

God Gave You a Body - English Version
God Gave You a Body - German Translation.



God Gave You a Body

20 comments:

  1. LOVE. Thanks, Jocelyn.

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  2. Brilliant! So sad to see how the world has forgotten the sacredness of our body. thanks for the story.

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  3. What a timely message!  We had an incident last night when our 11 dd was trying to find a picture for homework, and she ran into some inappropriate images online - with us right there in the room.  She did the right thing and told us about it and exited the program, but it was a reminder about how inundated they are with immodesty and immorality!  And the world tries to tell them that we need to accept it as normal and good.  We need to be on our toes, stay involved, and continue to give them opportunities to feel the Spirit in their lives so they can recognize its promptings!

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  4. great ideas...as usual

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  5. Great job, Jocelyn. Such an important topic and message to teach our children, not just once but over and over and over again.

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  6. Thanks for sharing! It's so important to talk about.

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  7. Thank you for linking to that article and for the story you shared.  I will be using it!  I have known too many people horribly affected by pornography.  I have 4 little boys and it scares me to know what they are up against!

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  8. This really brings tears to my eyes.  Thanks.

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  9. I like the part about abuse. It's particularly well done.

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  10. I wish I could help people realize how vital these teachings are. To be taught while the kids are young.  When my youngest daughter became a teenager she had no idea how powerful her mind was and how much Satan wants to destroy our bodies. OCD created a problem with an eating disorder.  I know that because we had instilled these teachings, and that she had her own relationship with Heavenly Father through scripture study, she was able to escape the hold that Satan had on her thoughts. Quickly and recover to become the young woman that she was meant to be. 

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  11. To me, this is the terrifying part about being a parent -- knowing that if I don't teach my children correctly, and teach them when they are young, someone else will teach them something else, and often something so very wrong. We recently started getting The Friend since my oldest started nursery, and I am sometimes startled by the depth of topics that the magazine covers -- things that I don't remember learning/thinking about until Young Women! But so much easier to start teaching and setting standards at nursery age :)

    Thank you for the wonderful lesson! I am saving it for a little bit until my little man can really understand it but we will definitely use it!

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  12. awesome job...but i think it would be better said not just "underware" but actually swimsuit would be better.  don't you think?  sorry sleeping baby under my elbow.  hard to type caps!

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  13. feel free to tailor it to your liking!  I chose that wording, because I think it's most specific about the areas that are private and "off-limits" to others.  But use the wording that is most comfortable/familiar to your child.

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  14. Thank you for that!  So timely and you cant start too young.  In my family with my boys ages 7 and 9 we use the term "modest with your eyes"  this covers a whole host of sins from walking into my room while I am getting dressed, to a sister in the bathroom, to pictures on a magazine, to pictures on a computer, or a person on the street. We practice at home, they know how to turn away when they are surprised by something that might not be appropriate.  that little term "be modest with your eyes" has come in handy more times than I can count!  thanks so much for putting this together.
    Bethany Loosli

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  15. Modest with your eyes!  That is a very handy reminder!  THANK YOU!

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  16. This is GREAT!  Thanks :)

    Safety Kids by Janeen Brady is great too, they have three volumes, the third is about keeping your mind safe.

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  17. Even a child can understand....

    This left a lump in my throat. Thank you, Jocelyn.

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  18. This is awesome! I think your book will be much needed a hit! :) You might want to publish it...

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  19. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

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  20. Hello Jocelyn,

    My name is Paula de Melo and I'm a missionary in France. I found you book and used that with my kids. Since we work in children ministries ( CEF, in France called AEE - association evangile et enfance aee-media.com) I would like to ask your permission to translate the book t french so the french families could be blessed by that too. Are you okay in writing an authorisation to translate to french and use that as a tool in AEE midst ? Thanks for your answer. My email is pems.melo@gmail.com

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