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By sophie
6/14/2006 12:00:00 AM
Last night Te and I talked about watching the basketball game and the cheerleaders in it.

I admit it, it bothers me that he is turned on by other women. I don't like it. At all.

It's not just the cheerleaders with their less than covering outfits. It's women walking down the street in tank tops, or jogging in sports bras. I asked him if he thinks all men are turned on so easily. I thought he'd say yes, but he didn't.

I'm not sure if there really are men in the world who are not turned on by random scantily clad women. I would like to think there were, and I would really like to think my husband could be one of them. I'm wondering if he is being too hard on himself though.

Is it normal to be turned on so easily? Is it something that will fade with his addiction, or is it something that will be with him forever?

Little girls who idealize a happily ever after are in for a shock. There's no such thing, I knew that there wasn't really such a thing, but it still came as a shock that my happily ever after was going to include seemingly endless battle scenes.

I constantly have to remind myself that things are rarely as they appear. I'm sure to many of my neighbors, Te and I have it all. He has a good job, I can stay home with our beautiful, healthy children. We love each other and from the outside, it looks like our lives are great. And they are, mostly.

Everyone has things they have to struggle with. It's the nature of life, to struggle and learn and grow.

And today is another day.

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"My brethren who are caught in this addiction or troubled by this temptation, there is a way. Don’t accommodate any degree of temptation. Prevent sin and avoid having to deal with its inevitable destruction. So, turn it off! Look away! Avoid it at all costs. Direct your thoughts in wholesome paths. Please heed these warnings. Let us all improve our personal behavior and redouble our efforts to protect our loved ones and our environment from the onslaught of ography that threatens our spirituality, our marriages, and our children. "

— Dallin H. Oaks

General Conference, April 2005