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The following was written by Carmen Rasmusen Herbert for the Deseret News. To read the full article, click here

My husband and I recently had the privilege of explaining the divine role of men and women and their ability to create life together with our 8-year-old, almost 9-year-old, son. Through thoughtful prayer and discussion, we felt ready to share with him this incredible gift given to us from our Father in Heaven.

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Going into this discussion, I was somewhat apprehensive. What would he think? Would we “scar” him? How would he process everything? He had been asking questions about how babies were conceived for a while, but they were so sweet and innocent, I knew he really didn’t know much concerning the logistics of the whole thing. My husband and I both felt the time was right to open the door to an ongoing discussion about healthy sexuality, and that our son was mature enough emotionally and spiritually to be receptive to the conversation.

Before we began we said a prayer inviting the Holy Ghost to be present with us. We firmly believe that creating life and solidifying the bond between a husband and wife are ordained of God, and the act of intimacy is sacred and involves a connection to heaven. As soon as we started, the feeling in the room was so peaceful and the Spirit was strong. It wasn’t at all weird or uncomfortable, and I wholeheartedly believe that was because we were teaching our son the appropriate and wonderful use of sexual relations: that they are meant to be between a man and a woman, within the bonds of marriage.

Hearing my husband share with our son his thoughts on being able to express his love for me completely, and how much that love brings us together was a very tender moment for me.

Our son had some sweet questions for us such as “how do you know when the right time is?” and wondering how the spirit gets into the body. We told him questions were always welcome, and that we wanted him to feel comfortable coming to us with any concerns or thoughts he had in the future.

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