LDS Natural Family Living

Learning to live simply, naturally and well!

LDS Natural Family Living is dedicated to the pursuit of a natural, more simplified life. On this site you will find resources for frugal living, natural health, whole foods recipes, church resources, and homeschooling helps that will surely inspire and enlighten you! 

Last update: 07/2005

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Something to Think About

  • "Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be."   William Adams
  • "To live simply is to live in harmony with God, nature and those around you. It is to tread lightly, act thoughtfully and live intentionally."          Marie Greene
  • "Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace and pursue it." Psalms 34:14
  • "This is a great day of decision for each of us. For many it is the time of beginning something that will go on for as long as you live. I plead with you: don't be a scrub! Rise to the high ground of spiritual, mental and physical excellence. You can do it! You may not be a genius. You may be lacking in some skills. But so many of us can do better than we are now doing. We are members of this great Church whose influence is now felt over the world. We are people with a present and a future. Don't muff your opportunities. Be excellent."  Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Quest for Excellence", Ensign, Sept. 1999, 2.

From Where I Sit...

What's the Message? 

(C) Marie Greene, 2004 

As traditional values continue to deteriorate in our society, we are bombarded by messages that attempt to change our perceptions. We are told that we need more and that we want more (whether we like it or not!). Current television ads dissuade women from being homemakers and mothers, and instead insist that what women really want is to climb the corporate ladder. (A 2004 television ad for soymilk shows a woman daydreaming about becoming her company's youngest vice president, while her husband chooses to stay home and raise the children.)  

Ads aimed at children send the message that their parents don't know what they want, and that they should 'express themselves' through poor behavior and disobedience. A recently released motion picture film stars children as main characters who rob a bank in order to save their father. Does it bother you that your children are being sold the subliminal message that it's ok to steal if it's for a good cause? Sure, it's just a movie. But anyone who doesn't realize the effect that media has on social behavior and values (especially in young people) is living with their head in the sand.

We have become a throw-away society that insists on having bigger, better and newer... no matter the cost. As incomes rise, debt levels exceed them. Not only have we become dissatisfied with possessions (and are constantly in search of the next material thrill), but we have become dissatisfied with relationships. Divorce rates are rising. Why? Because we are a culture that has been taught that if we don't like the current model, we can get a new one. The lack of values is spreading, and the target of attack is the family unit.

What's the message?  Instead of accepting these messages at face value, really dissect what they are selling. More often than not, you'll find that what they are selling is more than a product. Are you buying it?

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