Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Quite a while ago I bought the book Why?: Powerful Answers and Practical Reasons for Living LDS Standards by John Hilton III and Anthony Sweat for my children and they have enjoyed reading it. It addresses 29 broad questions, broken down into more specific questions in the 200 pages of answers. The great thing about it is that each question has very short articles or facts with lots of photos and graphics. The answers are doctrinal, funny or statistical.
The format is easy for kids because they can just pick up the book and start reading wherever, even if it's only for a few minutes, and they can still get something out of it. I'm sure we'll be using this book for years to come.

Examples of some of the questions are:
*Why shouldn't I date until I'm 16?
*Why can't I listen to a song that only has a couple of swear words if I hear worse than that every day at school?
*Why do some people who pay tithing still not have a lot of money?
*Why should I listen to my parents even if I think they're wrong?
*Why should I repent now and not later?

They answer questions youth might have about standards found in the LDS For the Strength of Youth pamphlet. What youth doesn't have at least a few questions about them?


  1. Wow Valerie! This is a great book. Thanks for sharing. I've been asking myself why all evening, after watching today's news.

  2. Sounds like a good book I should get!

  3. Valerie, I bought this book several months ago and it is one of my favorites! You are so right! I love the questions and the answers and hope that my girls like it too! I also got all the girls For the Strength of Youth pamplets that they keep in their scriptures and we do family home evenings from those little pamplets. You reminded me that I should use this book too!! Thanks Valerie!

  4. I love books like this. Not only do the kids love them but it makes things easier on us parents - Ha ha

    I'll be checking it out.

  5. What a great book. I haven't seen it before but would be a must-have for a home with children!

  6. I've seen this before but never opened it up. Sounds like it's full of all the answers I need! :)

  7. I had never heard of this book...now I want it! Thank you so much for the review!

  8. I remember a book we had like this...a really old book. I remember looking at it several times. Glad to see your kids are enjoying it.


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