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Apologies
by Gabriela Arrevillaga

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I think that every person in her/his life gives apologies almost all the time. Maybe some apologies are not really important like when you hit somebody on accident or something like that, but there are some apologies that are more important. For example, when you hurt somebody with intention, or when you hurt somebody feelings. But if you give an apologies because you are sorry these is not going to be really important.

When I was younger, I gave a lot of apologies to my parents, because some times I didn't want are obidient or because I didn't want to do some choruses in my home or something like that.

I think that when you give a really good and sincere apology is very important, well for me it is, because almost all the time you can fix or solve many problems that maybe if you donŪt give an apology it will be probably worse.

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The Right to Abortion
by Joleen Chin


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Abortion has been discussed for a long time in the world, and this is a serious problem everywhere recently, because medical reports have showed that the abortion rate is increase every year. Abortion means to expunge of the fetus from the womb during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. People can decide to terminate the pregnancy when the baby has serious congenital disease or the pregnancy will endanger the motherís life. Although abortion has become legal in many countries and most of the American states, in my opinion, I disagree that women have the right to abort the baby except for the special reasons that I have explained before. Abortion should be illegal for two reasons.

The first and most important reason to limit abortion is that the behavior is murder! This was formerly a crime. In a medical textbook that I had read in the nursing school, it was written, "We can use the ultrasound to hear the fetal heartbeat at 64/7 weeks.Ē the baby has been a life since it has been just like an eggís size. How can people be so cruel to kill the little life? For example, a famous news story in Taiwanís newspaper told about a mother who didnít want her pregnancy, because she wanted to divorce her husband. She put a sharp-pointed object into her vagina to cause the baby to be miscarried in the toilet, and threw it on a garbage bin. She was accused of murder. This is a very ruthless truth. I couldnít understand why the mother could kill her own baby by herself!

The second reason to support the idea that abortion must be illegal is that sometimes abortion will hurt the motherís health. Abortion is one kind of operation that has inherent risks. The Taiwan Adventist hospitalís Gynecologist-Obstetrician chief Dr. Wei said "Improper abortion will cause a high risk of infertility in the future.Ē One example happened in our hospital 2 years age. A patient did the abortion operation in a small clinic. The unsuitable operation performed on her uterus caused her to bleed heavily. Therefore, the doctors removed her uterus to save her life. She was only 23 years old, and this was just her first pregnancy. She could never have a baby! Itís so sad for a woman; a small mistake made all her life a big regret !

Although many people advertise that abortion can provide a good method of birth control, because the population is too crowd in the world. Itís not human sympathy! You shouldnít end lives in order to perform birth control. Every people needs to consider the problem before she do the behavior. There are many contraceptive measures that we can use for birth control. For example, both oral pills and condoms are safe ways to do the contraception, and those are more economical than abortion operation. People donít need to choose an expensive way instead of a cheap way.

In conclusion, we know that abortion could cause danger for the mother and fetus, and sometimes it can result in death. As a result, abortion should be limited to protect some peopleís lives. Everyone should have the right to live in the world no matter their sex, race, and age. It's so wonderful to see a new life born!

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Birth Control
by Patricia Dominguez

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In this time, when we find a lot of changes in lifestyle newly-married couples are the most affected. Maybe when they were engaged, they were planing how many kids they will have. In the same way, they draw plans for their future. For example, if they are very young (between twenty and twenty-five years old, or before), and they are also studying, they may think about birth control. This control could be an option until they decide to have a child or many children; but it is not always an effective method. To have a baby is not a game, but it is an important decision to be parents. In this case, they should learn about that.

In my opinion, this topic is very personal and depends on the couple. Only know the situation that they are in . Personal, I LDS and know the importance of our lives, so I am pro-life; but I can understand how the people feel when they donít have enough resources and instruction.

There are a lot of opinions about this topic that we can find if we ask some people. The answer depends on age in the majority of the situations. For example, when a woman is very young, itís possible that she is afraid of pregnancy and the risks of being a young mother without knowing herself and her body. As a consequence, she doesnít like to make an appointment with a gynecologist and have pregnancy check ups.

Another reason that people give for is the financial support. In particular, if they are working and studying. Specifically, in the case they havenít resources and time for care of their child.

Other people say that the future is very important for the couple and their futures children. For example, they should get good jobs and finish their education for a better financial situation.

The final reason for many is that people have the opinion that the couple should to take the necessary time to know each other for a better relationship. Also, if they very young and donít know the efficient method. For example, Billingís method, or another when they had one child, as breast feeding administration (95% effective until six month by technique). There are many natural resources that will make an amenhorrea in the woman.

In the end, is necessary to know the situation and speak about this topic. It's the responsibility of parents to speak about it when their children are teenagers, and also all health professionals. The decision is personal, but needs help from people who teach and explain the topic for the best choice.

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I'm Pro-Life!
by Patricia Dominguez

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Always when I read the word "abortionĒ, the floor is going to move for me. In fact, I canít understand as the future mothers have take a wrong way, namely when are teenagers. I think deep inside where are their mothers for support or for to guide them; meanwhile to take an appointment with the doctor.

I read the essay "Abortion: A Polemic QuestionĒ in the Cultural Comparison page, and here impacted to me as in Canada is not a crime, itís absolutely legal. As a consequence a baby is not considered a "human beingĒ until it is born. Of course, not all canadian people are agree with this code. This some people think that something should be changing in law.

Mabel, from Brazil, who wrote the essay compared her country and named the national code that protects the baby. Also in my country, itís the same. For example, on March 25, 1999 Argentina celebrated the first "Day of the Unborn ChildĒ. Under our Constitution and our civil legislation, life begins at the moment of conception. The interruption of pregnancy by abortion is an offense against the life of an unborn person. Furthermore, we respect to the Rights of the Child. In the Article 6, (1) says: "States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to lifeĒ. And the Article 24, (d) says: " To ensure appropriate pre-natal health care for mothersĒ.

Iím childbirth educator and for this reason, Iím pro-life; but also Iím LDS and I know the importance of our lives. In this moment is coming into my mind one of my favorites scriptures: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew youĒ. (Jeremiah 1:5)

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Good Lies and Bad Lies
by Hideaki Higashi


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A difficult problem for me is about lies. I think to lie to someone is not good. However, many people are lying everywhere. I donít mean only bad lies. I also mean the lie that is called polite lie or white lie. In Japan, many people are using a polite lie. Because using polite lie is Japanese culture and custom. Perhaps I canít decide if the polite lie is good or bad, but in my opinion, I donít recommend using the polite lie.

According to my investigation, there are people who prefer to use polite lies. They say using polite lies is a good for keeping relationships between friends. They praise someone or something too much for me, but they still insist on me using polite lies is good. They also insist on me using polite lies make people feel happy. It makes good relationships between friends. This is the opinion of those who agree to use polite lies.

For example, your friend cooks food for you, and asks you an impression about the food. What will you do? Perhaps, the people who prefer to use the polite lies say, ďYour food is pretty good. You are good cook,Ē even though the food is not good. In fact, it would make people happy. The fiends who cooked the food would feel good feelings for the people using the polite lies. Is it a good way? I donít think so. If I use the polite lies like that, my friend would offer me another dish of food. Perhaps I have to finish the dish even though I donít want to eat any more. It is not a fun for me!

On the other hand, the people who donít like to use the polite lie would say ďYour food is fine, but it is too salty for me.Ē We donít need to praise too much by using the polite lie. In addition to this, we donít need to say,Ē Your foods is not good.Ē We can say it very softly like my example. Thus, I donít agree using the polite lies.

I want to show you another example. How about the case when people notice that someone was using the polite lie? Perhaps some people would feel that the people using the polite lie to them want to be friends with them. Maybe it makes a little good feeling for them. However, it is not the same for all people. Some people use polite lies even though they donít feel good feeling about the thing. It is absolutely a lie! Therefore, some people would feel worse when they notice someone was using the polite lies than if they donít use the polite lie in first place. They donít want to listen a fake praise. They want to know real opinion you have even though it is not good for them.

However, I donít deny using the polite lie completely, because I think using polite lies is sometimes good. Sometimes, we need to use polite lies on business, because we need to give our customer good impression to us. If we give our customer good impression to us, they will be willing to buy our goods. If we give our customer, they will not buy our goods. In addition to this, they could blame our company for lying to customer. Therefore, using the polite lie like this situation is good. I think using the polite lies in not close friend is also good. If I donít use a polite lie, the friendships will be worse.

To be honest to your friend is a very good thing, I think. The people who agree using the polite lie said it is good for keeping friendships. However, I donít think so. I think to be honest with your friend makes a real friendship. Not using the polite lie makes trusting relationships and good friendships! We donít need to use the polite lie to our friends. We can praise good thing, but we donít need to praise too much. A good thing is a good thing. That is that! This is my opinion about using polite lies.

I donít forbid you to use the polite lies, because people have different opinions depending on their own character and ideas. However, please remember this fact. There are people who donít like to be lied to. If you want to praise, please donít praise too much. You can praise from your real feeling. You also can give advice even though your opinion is not good for something. Please donít forget this advice when you use the polite lie!

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Good Points of Man and Woman
by Hideaki Higashi

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Iím going to compare man with woman. By comparing man with woman, I want to know the differences between man and woman. I will write about each genderís good points. However, I canít define which gender is better. Because we have different good points and bad points.

Most different between man and woman is system of body. Man body can make muscle easier than woman body. Opposite, woman body tries to save fat. Therefore, man is usually more powerful than woman. (Of course, there are exceptions.) However, there are good points of woman body that man donít have. Woman body has curves, and it is very sexy and beautiful.

In mental, man and woman both have strong mind, I think. (It is depending on person, not everybody.) However, man is not sensitive like woman, so man can get over from mental problems easier than woman, I think. Of course, woman have good points in mental. Woman has a maternal instinct, so woman is full of love and kind. (Sometimes it is not true, but it is exception.)

In conclusion, man and woman both have difference good points. Therefore, I canít say which gender is superior. We need opposite genderís people. It is essential man and woman in the world. Therefore, we need to cooperation each other. We are even if we have bad points. No one is perfect without God.

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Does Age Matter When You are in Marriage?
by Hoon Jin Jung

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When a person gets married, age becomes an issue. We can see unconditional love at the movies and in daily life. Some people a love is blind, so when a person gets married, age doesnít matter, Even if there is more than 10 years difference between the partners. However, last week I saw an entertainment news about movie actor Dennis Quaid (46) and Meg Ryan's (38) divorce news. It was surprising to me. I knew Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan had been a well-matched couple, so I wonder if why they spilt up. Some people said their divorceís cause is generation gap, so I decided to write about this issue. In my opinion, I disagree with for several reasons.

The first reason to support my opinion is that a generation gap would cause some problems in marriage. It is difficult to feel same feeling and a sense of values. People say love is important, but same feeling and a sense of values is the most important thing. Recently, everything has been changing quickly, so we feel a generation gap with people whose age is only different than ours. For example, my cousin get married to a woman 12 years younger than he was, but now their marriage is on the rocks. Their love was the first love. However, they always quarrel, because they have different a sense of values and hobbies.

Another reason to support my opinion is that in their old age one of the partners would spend their time alone. My grandparent got married 10 years different. When my grandfather passed away in 60 years old. My grandmother spent her time alone for a long time. When their spouse passes away, they have to spend their time longer alone than other couples.

The final reason to support my opinion is that ideal love and marriage is made by both physical and spiritual love. Some people say it is enough to have spiritual love. However, one Korean marriage center said that many couples divorce because of physical love. True love is made both, so physical and spiritual love are both all important things.

In the end, some people say that age doesnít matter when they get married, because love conquers all, and age is relative. However, many people said age does matter. I found interesting thing. People believe differently about the young couples and old couples getting married. For example, it can be a big problem if the girl is 20 and the guy is 30, but it doesnít matter to much though if the girl is 40 and the guy is 50. Anyway, in my opinion, it is better to get married with close age. I think ideal love and marriage is made by both physical and spiritual.

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Men are Superior to Women
by Hoon Jin Jung

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This topic has always been everyoneís mouth for a long time. I disagree with it. In ancient times, men governed society, because everything is controlled by physical power. However, futurism expert say 21 century women will govern society. Because in the future, itís more important spiritual thing than physical thing. Actually, men stronger physically than women, but women stronger spiritually than men. I think the best way is men and women mutually dependent.

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Punishment (Whipping)
by Yong Won Kim


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Not only education specialists, but also ordinary people are confused about whether we should whip our children to teach them or not. Both some people who insist on whipping their children and other people who persist in not whipping them insist that their own way is effective and good for their children. I think every parent loves their children and expects them to be good. Although both opinions are different, both basic thoughts are the same. In other words, it is that both love their children. I want to think what is true help. In my opinion, parents should not whip their children for several reasons.

The first and most important reason is that whipping can hurt childrenís feelings. Their hearts are very pure and weak, so strong ways can break their pure motives. For example, when one boy was putting in his mouth a piece of gum with the wrapper on, his mother cried out, slapping his hand, ďChew your gum after taking it out of the wrapper!Ē Mother intended her boy to chew the gum deliciously by taking it out of the wrapper, but after that, the boy didnít want to chew the gum. He was already hurt. I think that motherís behavior is not helpful for him.

Another reason is that whipping doesnít help to make a relationship between parents and their children. When we whip our children, our relationship keeps getting worse and worse. I think that bad things make other bad things, and canít help create good things. A bad thing is just a bad thing. For example, one day, a friend of mine and I quarreled about a trivial matter. I thought that he was wrong. Thus, I told him that because he was not right, he should change his thoughts. However, he didnít change them and came to hate me more. It was not good for our relationship to persuade him to change his thoughts. I couldnít have a chance to talk with him about the problem any more. If I had shown understanding for his idea even though he was wrong, our relationship would be better, and I might have an opportunity to resolve the concern better. Parents sometimes want to change their children in their own way regardless of consideration. It causes hurt in their relationship. As a result, they might not discuss their problem again.

The final reason is that there are better ways to teach children than whipping. We are responsible for developing how to teach them. I like the movie called The Lion King. In the movie, when the baby lion did wrong, his father taught him excellently. He talked to his son about the problem with love. Because he showed his love, his son could understand about the problem without mental hurt and could feel that his father loves him.

In the end, because whipping can hurt childrenís feelings, and create a worse relationship between parents and their children, it doesnít help children. Therefore, we must find better ways to be helpful for children. We must always focus on our children. We must always show our love. If you think they canít feel your love, you should think again what you would do. We can help our children, and must help them heartily.

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Are Men Superior to Women?
by Yong Won Kim

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I donít think that men are superior to women. Although what men are supposed to do differs from what women are, we canít tell which is more important. Moreover, we canít tell who does their work better. We can only know that menís jobs and womenís jobs are different and both jobs are necessary for us. In addition, we can recognize that men are superior to women in the part of physical exercise and work, but women are superior to men in the part of sensitive and emotional things. This reason has us not insist that men are superior to women. As a consequence, we must learn not how they are different but how they cooperate. I donít know what is more important, but I know both are necessary.

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The Decision to get Married
by Adrian Mandrile


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A difficult problem for teenagers today is deciding between getting married or living together. Society is getting more and more liberal. Teenagers do many things without commitment in relationships. Many people think that it is correct. However, in my opinion, getting married in order to live together is very important for several reasons.

The first and most important reason to get married is that the couple must take getting married seriously. This proves to the couple that they are sure what they want to do. This decision gives a deep relationship to the couple, and they have more possibility to be successful. When I asked about getting married to my friend David, he said. ĒMarriage is very good. Without marriage men are lost, and they canít progress. Marriage is very challenging. My determination to get married was to show commitment to my wife, both husband and wife must work very hard to keep the marriage healthy, but marriage is worth itĒ. I agree with my friend. I think that it is the right way to think.

Another reason to get married is to give a good example to sons and daughters. I would like to invite you to think about this. What kind of family could be without getting married? One of most important things in a family is love for each other. Now, is it credible without been married? My father said. ďMarriage is good, because you feel happiness with your wife. Your wife becomes your best friend, and she becomes the partner for life. The best part is when you are married and have kids is a blessing to you. The longer you are married, the better your marriage isĒ.

The final reason to get married is that it is approved by all kinds of religions. They teach very good things for their members. One of the most important things is to get married and united as a family. If you believe in God you can find the truth by reading the scriptures. For example in the Holy Bible, Genesis says. ď Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamedĒ. I believe in this. I think that women and men were created to live together under the name of marriage.

In conclusion, we can find many couples that prefer living together without being married. As a consequence, we find broken families with children without parents able to give them a good formation for their future. For these reasons, to get married, live together, and have a good family is the best thing that we can do in this life.

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Men are Superior to Women
by Adrian Mandrile

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In my personal opinion this topic had been changed through of the history. Long time ago men had all authority about of the decisions. For example, they built everything, they brought food for the family, and they worked outside home. Only the women could be in home and keep the children. Now it is very different women can work anywhere. Women can build houses. They also work in the government. In many families the woman brings all stuff necessary for her family. I think that there isnít any difference between men and women now. I like to see women to be independent. But I donít like that they lost their sense of maternally.

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Education of Childhood
by Erika Matsuyama


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I want to write about the education of children before they enter an elementary school. One of my roommates believes that mothers can teach their children at home. She was taught many things by her mother before she entered an elementary school. Her mother also taught all of her children, and they became good students in their school. I agree with her. In my opinion, it is best that children are educated at home before elementary school, and they don't need to go to kindergarten. I asked some people about my opinion. I got some agreement, but I also got some objections. I will argue against those objections from my experience.

The first objection was, if children don't go to kindergarten, it becomes hard for them to make friends because they don't have friends at home. One person said, "There are many children in kindergarten, so children can make friends easily, and they can play with other children different from their brothers or sisters." I disagree with this opinion. I didn't go to kindergarten, but I have always had friends in my life. We have some exceptions, but my brothers have also had their friends. My youngest sister went to kindergarten. However, it is hard for her to communicate with other people. This shows that children don't always need to go to kindergarten to make friends.

The second objection was that children have teachers in kindergarten, and teachers can help them. They help children prepare to go to elementary school. For example, they teach how to be in a group. They also can teach students many things. However, I think mothers can take teachers' places for their children before elementary school. I learned music, English, Japanese, reading and writing, easy mathematics, and the gospel from my mother before I entered an elementary school. This shows that children can learn many things in their own home before elementary school.

The third objection was that, children can learn a lot of things which are different from their home or elementary school in kindergarten. Children learn playing games. They also learn to make friends and build relationships. However, My mother also taught me some playing games. There were many children in my neighborhood, and I was able to learn to make friends and build relationships. I also learned those things in church. This shows that children can learn to make friends and build relationships out of kindergarten.

From these examples, I think that kindergarten is not always needed. However, sometimes many mothers must work for their family. I think the children of working mothers need kindergarten. Except in the situations when mothers must work whether they like it or not, I think they had better teach their children at home.

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My Ideal Mother
by Erika Matsuyama

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I have some opinions about when I will become mother. I have heard about many kind of mothers. Some of them are very kind and good mothers, but some of them are too kind or too cold for their children. I was also looking at my mother, and I thought a lot about mother and home training of children.

I want to teach my own children with my hands before they enter an elementary school. I don't want to enroll them in kindergarten, especially, before they become three or four years old. I also want to become their good example, and teach them with the gospel.

I want to become a mother like my mother. She is a good example for me. She taught me many things before I entered an elementary school. She always loves her children, and she always helps them whenever they need. Especially, she taught me many things to follow the gospel.

Maybe my opinion is very different from other people. For example, many Japanese families send their children to kindergarten, and most mothers don't teach their children. I think they love their children, but sometimes some mothers are violent. I don't want to become like them.

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My Pets are Like Humans
by Yumi Ogawa


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Do you have a pet? If you have a pet, have you ever felt loyalty from your pets? Do you think that they are like humans? Most people who have had a pet before agree with these questions. Each of these peoplewith whom I talked with shared some kind of example with me. A few people disagreed with me, perhaps because they had never owned a pets. I think that when people keep pets, they can understand what I mean about animalsí loyalty.

My pets are like a part of our family. When we are eating something, they also come to our table and sit there. Moreover, my family and pets watch TV. I think if we spend time with animals, they start to act like my family. For example, our cat looks like my mother, and our dog looks like my youngest sister who always gives him food and takes care of our pets. They are much the same characters. If someone gives these food or loves them, they obey them. It is an interesting relationship.Vafortunately, they donít act like me. I was working a lot, so I didnít have a lot of time to play with them.

Second, a lot of people said that if we show love to our pets, they could understand it. Also they want to be loyal to us. For example, one day our cat brought a bird for us. We donít need a bird, but she wanted show to loyalty. Even though my mother was upset about her action, our cats still bring something for us. For an other example, when I was crying from sadness, our pets came to me. They cheered me up. I held them; both of them licked my face. Animals donít care about money, position, or looks. They just love us. I also love them. I appreciated that my pets could understand my feelings very well. They are my best friends.

Third, pets can understand about our talking. For example, when our dog hid our shoes, we got angry, and we were preaching to him that it is a bad thing. Our dog was sulky. He didnít look at us. I felt that he looked like a human child. And also, when we did training to our dog about ďsit downĒ or ďhouseĒ, they try to understand what we are saying. At first, they couldnít understand our talking, however day by day they learn our saying. Maybe, pets can figure out from our voice and intonation. Sometimes they are very smart!

When humans and pets spend time together; we can have a strong relationship with each other. The pets show loyalty, and we can love them more. When human children are young, we should keep a pet. Children can learn about love, kindness and service. God gave us animals, so of we can help each other. How great animals are! Now, we call them ďcompanion animals.Ē I want to stay with my pets. They bring us happiness. The sadness is that their life is very short. We can learn about life from them. I appreciate their example. I believe that I will able to meet again with my pets in Heaven.

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The Life of a Baby
by Sang Hee Park


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The discussion of abortion continues in the entire world. This means it is a sensitive problem. In addition, the thought about abortion is different in each country. Almost all countries prohibit abortion. However, my opinion differs from that for two reasons.

First, we shouldnít give birth to a baby if we donít want to be pregnant. We can see the women that are raped. As a result, they sometimes become pregnant. If they bear the baby, the life of the baby is dark. The reason is that the baby doesnít know the father. Another situation is when a minor becomes pregnant. She doesnít have any preparation to bring up a baby. For example, in Korea, babies that are conceived through rape or by a minor go to an orphanage.

Second, the most sensitive situation is when a woman is pregnant with a handicapped baby. Personally, I donít think that handicapped people are useful, because these people are children of God, too. However, society is very cold when handicapped children grow up. Moreover, the family maybe hurt. For instance, a family I know, the Kims, has a handicapped first child. They didnít abort, even though they knew it was a handicapped baby, because they thought this behavior was a crime. However, they have many problems from their baby. The biggest problem is that the baby has been hurt by society. For example, the baby couldnít go to any kindergarten or school. Instead of that the parents want the child go a school for the handicapped. However, the entrance fee of school for the handicapped is almost triples the amount of their salary for one month. In addition, their welfare payment is very small. Even worse, they became pregnant with a handicapped baby again. As a result, they decided to abort. I think that their choice is inevitable. Some anti-abortion people say, ďAbortion is murder.Ē However, if they are faced with two examples like the above-mentioned, their choice is abortion.

In the end, is we prohibit abortion, we need more reliable contraception. However, if contraception fails, we need to make a big decision. Parents must make the decision. However, we must also consider the life of the baby. If we donít make good surroundings for the baby, this is the fault of the society that prohibits abortion.

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Men are Superior to Women
by Sang Hee Park

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I agree with this topic. However, I only recognize about physics. Men are superior to women in force. However, the women havenít been given the opportunity. As a result, the number of famous women is less than men. If we have mire opportunity, we can develop big achievements. I think that it is so funny to discuss the ability of inborn ness. Humans are all the same. Of course, there is a different ability in each person. However, there isnít ability in each sex.

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Marriage Between People from Different Countries
by Francisco Rebollo


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We are living in a modern world where the relationship between countries and people from different countries are getting closer and closer. In this time it is easier to travel because we can enjoy big planes or large boats which can go very fast to every part of the earth. Also, they can make our trip relaxing and wonderful. For this reason, itís easier to know people from different cultures. A new world is open in front of our minds. Many people are taking advantage of this situation and they are getting married to others from different countries. In my opinion, itís an amazing way to build a better world.

I have several reasons for agreeing with this situation. First, even if we are different in many ways, we are all human. Therefore, we all have the same feelings. For example, my grandfather Lucio left Spain when he was 21. He went to Holland to get a better job. In Holland he met a nice Dutch girl named Martha. Time passed and they fell in love each other. In the beginning it was a difficult situation, because my grandfather could not speak Dutch and Martha could not speak Spanish. Nevertheless, they kept loving each other. Two years later, they got married in Rotterdam, Holland. I can still remember my grandfather telling me some stories about his engagement. ďEven when our cultures were queer,Ē said my grandfather, ďwe learned a lot together; yet, the most important thing we learned was how to respect each other.Ē Most people would think that itís a crazy situation. How could they communicate with each other without speaking the same language? In my opinion, they found the perfect communication: the communication of love.

Second, sometimes you can understand a person from different country much better than a person from your own country. My best friend is from the U.S.A. I met him when I was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Canary Islands in Spain. One year after I finished this mission he called me and told me that he was going to get married to an Argentine girl. Months later, I had the opportunity to meet with them at their wedding in Spain. There, I could tell they were a perfect couple. At this time Iím living in the same city that my friend and his wife are living in. As a consequence, I see them almost every day. Thus, one day I went to their house and I asked them several questions about this topic. One of my questions was, ďHave you had any problems in all this time since you got married?Ē He looked at me and answered sincerely, ďIn the beginning, it was a little bit complicated, because my family and my wifeís family didnít speak the same language; nevertheless, as a couple we have not had any problems so far. I have found in my wife a lot of things that I could not find in another girl, even from my own country.Ē Therefore, even though they are from different countries and different cultures, they have come to understand each other easily; with comprehension and love they are building a happy home.

My final reason about marriage between people from different country is very simple, yet very strong. Love is the most important thing. My grandfather told me once: ďWhen I met your grandmother, I thought it would be too difficult to get married to her because we were different in some ways. Nevertheless, one night I looked at the dark sky and I saw a lot of bright stars shining strongly in the middle of the darkness. Even though they are very far from one another they seem very close. In that manner love works-making closer what is far away.Ē Although I was very young when my grandfather told me this thing, I can still remember he had a very happy life. He and his Dutch wife found happiness together.

In conclusion, to find a person from a different country with whom you might live may be difficult, yet not impossible. In my humble opinion, we canít close our minds. We donít know our future. Maybe itís full of surprises. Also, we canít know where our perfect future husband or wife is living right now. Perhaps our only mission is to find him or her and be happy when we do. It doesnít matter if we need to climb the highest mountain or if we need to get down to the deepest sea. Indeed, love is the most important thing. As my grandfather told me once, ďLove may make bright our dark skies.Ē

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Abortion
by Silvia Rodriguez

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I read an article about abortion. This topic is very interesting because many countries around the world have different opinions. For example, in my country, Honduras in Central America, abortion is not good, but, like in other countries, some poeple do it illegally. In my opinion, abortion is not good, because women that are pregnant have a life in their uterus. It is important to respect other people's life.

Abortion is a very difficult topic to talk about. in some countries, abortion is legal. I read that in Canada it is legal, but in my country it is illegal. As a consequence of that, in my country are some illegal clinics, or women who want to abort their baby use other risky methods to do that.

On the other hand, there are many women who want to have babies, but they can't have them for some reason or another. It is very sad how people can kill a little person. It is a very cruel situation that happens very often in these days.

I do not agree with abortion. I think there are other ways and not only abortion. If the person doesn't want the baby, they can give them up for adoption. In this case, the children can have a family who loves and takes care of them. In my case, I want to have my babies, love, and teach them good things for their lives.

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Kissing Your Best Friend of the Opposite Sex on the Lips
by Zeika Rodriguez

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The purpose of this topic is to learn what people think about kissing their best friends. I questioned many people about this topic and I got different opinions. The majority of the people disagreed with this question. I chose this topic because I would like to know if people have been in this situation before and that is usually or unusually. Also, how much is important of kiss for them and how they value the friendship through two persons of the sex opposite and what can happen later.

Most of the people answered that they would not kiss their best friends for various reasons. First, a kiss is sacred. Second, a kiss is romantic and means something very special. Third, they do not want to confuse friendship with romance. In addition, they value the friendship too much they donít want to lose a best friend for a kiss. Is not necessary to kiss your best friend of the opposite sex to show you love because if you steal his or her kiss you are not respect his intimacy and you are broke his space and you donít know if he is going to be angry in this situation. In conclusion, they would like to keep their friendship forever, because to have a good friendship with someone is very important in their lives.

In contrast, some people believe that it is a good idea to kiss and begin a romance with your best friend. Friendship is the first step to a good romantic relationship. A friendship can grow into a good romance. Therefore, your best friend can become a good husband or good wife. Otherwise, sometimes this situation donít happened because the other person has feeling such as a good friend for this person and they can broke up their relationship, that not always pass positive but they want to run the risk of that situation

In my personal opinion I do not agree with kissing my best friend, because he is such a special person in my life. Therefore, we should respect each other because the friendship is very important. However, sometimes we can fall in love with our best friend. If that happened to me, first I would to tell him about my feelings. This way we would not damage our friendship, and if he felt the same way we could move the relationship forward with trust in each other.

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Living in Separate Cities after Marriage
by Mora Siregar

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Living in separate cities after got married is a very hard thing to do; particularly if a couple just got married. Although it is hard, sometimes we have to do it in order to get improvement in our life. I am from Indonesia, and I am studying English in the United Stated. Moreover, I canít bring my wife with me because of some reasons. For instance, she has a good job in my country. In addition, we need to save our money for the time when she is coming to U.S. while I continue to study to graduate school. Therefore, I have some reasons why I agree that sometimes it is necessary for a couple to live separately for a temporary period of time.

The first reason is if it is the best thing to do for their future. For example, a husband has to move to another city because his company suddenly promotes him for a better occupation. However, his wife canít go with him at that time, because she still has something to do, such as working, business, sick and still on doctor checking, and so on. I think it is all right to leave her only for a period of time like 6 months or a year, or until her business is done.

The other reason I agree with a couple living in separate cities is if a husband wants to get a job in another city. In other words, they want to improve their living. For example, a husband had to go to another cities because some company calls him for work. However, he canít bring his wife with him for some reason. For instance, the wife is working and probably need more time to prepare the moving, so that everything will be settled before they completely moved. In addition, perhaps they have never been in that city, therefore the husband go first to recognize it thoroughly.

The last reason is nationality reason. For example, a husband is probably in army service. He has to go somewhere for several months for training, or for war. Itís supposed to be impossible to bring his wife along. I think she had better wait patiently until he comes back, so that the husband can do his duty as well.

Those were some reasons and examples why a couple was supposed to live in separate cities for temporary and for specific reasons. Sometimes we have to make a sacrifice, so that hopefully we will get better in the future. People prefer to avoid a sacrifice to reach some goals. However, they have to make it in order to get some improvement in their life.

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International Couples
by Naruo Toda

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Should people get married to people from other countries? I know an international couple. They are my good friends. The manís name is Reed, his wife is Shinobu. They seem like a very good couple, I think. Reed is from Hawaii, and Shinobu is from Japan. I think itís no problem when I watch that couple. This is my answer for these question. There are two reasons why I believe this way.

First, I think love is more important than nationality. My opinion is that it is only important for me that my wife has good morality and good thinking, and always cares about me. My friend Kinue disagree with me, I donít matter. Reed and Shinobu said to me, ďActually, itís no problem for us, but normally there are many problems before marring. Sometimes some couples canít get married, even if they have strong love.Ē So then, the most important thing that I thought is that the couple has great mind, itís like comfortable, good morality, each other. They are always honest.This thing is important. This is the most important for all human being. I believe that. And Reedís couple is Mormon, so they are very kindly and always honest.

The next reason is couples can know another culture. Sometimes this thing is possible to make some problems. Especially, different language couple is difficult. Because they canít understand what they are telling each other And in addition, this is really my personality reason, itís I like face and atmosphere and independent mind about American girl. But Kinueís opinion was different from mine. That was ďPersonally, I disagree with you. Because they donít know how to do housework. Most of the American women donít care about their husband. Reedís wife is not American, so I asked my American girl friend about that opinion. Her father is American, and her mother is from Chile. She said some couple is so that, but most couple is not about caring about their husbands. I think so, too. But she said most of American women donít care about housework.

Another question, ďShould the couple live in the manís country?Ē Reed does so that. Now they are living in Hawaii. I donít know why about them. But I agree what the couple live in manís country. Because in our culture and customs, usually we do so that. Now I think this ďthe couple live in manís countryĒ is maybe only my personal opinion. I thought when I read the other personís answer in the virtual class discussion. They didnít write so that like mine.

As a result, at first I thought I could get married with another countryís woman. After interviewing, my opinion little changed. Itís that normally, itís not easy about international marring, but if I can find the woman who can speak Japanese, and she is much my reason, maybe Iíll get married her. But itís difficult for me now. The wall of language is the big problem. So now, another countryís women are good as friend, I think.

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Mothers Want to get a Career and Find a Good Job
by Martha Torres


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Many mothers from all over the world want to go to get a career, and find a good job to make money to help increase their families living standard. However, this has problem; who will taker care of their children? From my own opinion, I think mothers need to stay with their children ; because children need love from the mother. Also, it is their responsibility to train their children in their home. In contrast, some mother want to have a career, and find a good job. Sometime it is very difficult to do, but I think if universities, and colleges have a care center for studentís children, mothers can stay closer their children.

Some mothers choose to stay home to teach their children, and spend a lot of time with them. This is the best way to take care: with love to teaching with love. For example, I have a friend who have ten children, and I had the opportunity to live with them for several months. I learned a lot how Christine teaches her children, and she spends time with each of her children. She is very busy every day. Christine is very happy to stay home with her children.

Recently, on newsnet.byu.edu, there was an article about women discussing the importance of having mothers stay at home by Tara D. Mckinney. There was a story about the Marck family; Jane Marck chose to stay home with their seven children and train her children, because she felt it was her responsibility. She needs to spend quality and quantity time with them. Jane has the opportunity to work in home with her children every day. I think the most important thing is the father of the family has to support when mothers choose to stay home and take care their children.

Many mothers today are very young, and they want to get a career, and some need to find a good job because they are divorced. They have to work to provide for the family. It is very difficult for mothers to stay far away from their children, but I think if universities, colleges, and some companies have a day care center, mothers can stay closer to their children.

I know this project would be difficult to organize, and it would expensive. However, the universities, colleges, and companies can find people to donate used toys and books. In addition, mothers could search for sponsors to pay a small enrollment fee. Also, mothers can help work in the day care center. For example, I have a sister who has 3 children, but she is divorced she needs to work hard and her children need to stay in a day care center. Some time she work in the day care center to have the opportunity to stay closer her children, but some time she felt sad because she canít spend time with her children.

I belive if universities, colleges, and companies created a day care center, mothers could study, and work with more tranquillity and they could be closer their children. Mothers could get an education and could find a good job, get experience; make money, to pay their own way in life. These are some reasons why universitiesí, collegesí and companiesí need to create a day care center.

I hope that the universitiesí, collegesí and companiesí administrations will consider this proposal carefully. Itís time to do something for mothers who have problems. Finally, mothers can choose to stay with their children, also mothers can get a career in the future help their family, and women could feel self-confident.

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Parents
by Martha Torres

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Parents raise their children sometimes with rules. The children have to do that parents are teaching in their home. For example, I saw friends who taught their children how they could clean their rooms, and to come home early when they are at a party and to get up early to help before going to school. Moreover, parents have time to take vacations with their children, and tell stories about when they were children. However, parents are teaching their children about good, bad, right, and wrong. Those are very important for them, because today itís not easy to raise children. The world is growing more bad then good, so parents need to teach their children about what is going on in the world. I think parents need to be the best friends for their children, and take time to speak to them with love. Otherwise, their children not going to making good choices. Also, I think becoming a parent is not easy, but if we pray, I know Heavenly Father will help. If some day I have children, I will teach them with love, and I would like to become their best friend. I would like to give a good example.

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Are Men Superior to Women?
by Martha Torres


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I disagree about men being superior to women. I think women can have the same careers that men have, and women can work hard like men do. Sometimes women can help men to become better, because women are more sensitive than men. I think women work hard when they have children,and working outside the home is not easy for women. Men are not superior to women, but in some jobs they are stronger They can build a house or carry something heavy. However, women could take care of their children better than those men. I think itís a beautiful part of creation that we can become good fathers and good mothers. In conclusion, there is not one who is superior, but each one has a mission to do on the earth.

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