Why?: Powerful Answers and Practical Reasons for Living LDS Standards

by John Hilton III, Anthony Sweat

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"I have always been the one to tell my friends, 'because the prophet said so.' Now with this book, I can actually give them doctrinal reasons why.” — Brooke, 14

"Some songs on my iPod had swear words. My dad and I read the chapter 'Why Does the Music I Listen to Matter?' It was really interesting. I decided to delete the songs with the bad words. I think it's important to have the Holy Ghost.” — Steven, 12

“This book uses humor and scriptures together to relate to youth. It will help anyone with any problem.” — Brad, 15

Now, the most important answers for LDS youth ages 12 to 18 can be found in one book. The authors use quotes from Church leaders, informative real-life stories, and colorful graphics to engage the minds of teenagers. Most important, this invaluable book gives readers, including leaders and parents, the doctrinal “whys” to back up the standards found in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.

Features answers to more than 100 questions, such as:

  • Why do some people who break the commandments appear happy?
  • Why shouldn't I just “try” alcohol, just so I can see what it tastes like?
  • Why is wearing two pairs of earrings such a big deal? Or is it?
  • Why is it wrong to steady date someone if we both have high standards?
  • Why is 16 the magical age — is it all that different from 15?
  • Why is pornography a big deal if it doesn't hurt anybody?
  • Why shouldn't I wear flip-flops to Church?
  • Why do some people who pay tithing still not have a lot of money?
  • Why should I talk to the bishop about certain sins?

About the Authors

John Hilton III

John Hilton III is an assistant professor in Religious Education at Brigham Young University. He has degrees in Education from BYU and Harvard and frequently teaches at Especially for Youth and BYU Education Week. John and his wife, Lani, have six children and reside in Utah. For more information, visit www.johnhiltoniii.com.

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Anthony Sweat

Anthony Sweat is an assistant professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He is the author of numerous best-selling books and a regular speaker at various LDS events and conferences. He received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah and Med and PhD degrees in education from Utah State University. He and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of seven children and reside in Utah.

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(based upon 13 reviews)

Great book!!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

My kids and I LOVE this book! The answers, explanations and object lessons found in this book are written in such a fun way that my kids enjoy reading it. This morning my son wanted to download a song that didn't have a great message. We went straight to this book (and for the strength of youth) for some answers. Such a great teaching tool!! Love it!!

This book just makes so much sense!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The Why book, is just so interesting and breaks things down so you understand "why"! Beautifully and very engaging read! Truly helps all who partake from its pages feel more empowered to keep the commandments!

Great for teens.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The activities in this book are a great supplement to Family Home Evening. The information is accessible and great for teens with questions about specific reasons we do the things we do. You can jump in anywhere and learn something new!

Life Changing
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

WOW! This book is great, it really changes how you think about things and what matters and what doesn't. This book relates to our standards and how important they are to keep. this book is also great for spiritual thoughts and devotionals!!! This book is LIFE CHANGING, really well and truly.

Great Resource for Families
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I'm really impressed with this book. The visuals are inviting to teens and tweens but it contains solid gospel answers to real questions that teenagers ask. It's also so much better than just saying, "Those are the rules of the house." I'm planning to loan it to church leaders and hope it will help with some hard questions they face.

Greatest Book Ever!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I got this book for Christmas last year and at first I thought, Wow..... This doesn't look exciting. But then one day I looked inside it and WOW! Was I excited. I can't put it down. I'm so happy that I was able to receive this book. Thanks John Hilton III and Anthony Sweat

By Alia, age 10

Everyone in the family is picking it up!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I bought this for my girls for Christmas (age range 11-18). Every single person in the house has been picking this book up and reading it. It is easy to read a little or a lot. It is kind of like a "bathroom reader" type of book with lots of fun facts, funny stuff along with the serious reasons why it is so important to live the standards of the gospel. I've learned a lot from this book and have a lot more confidence in WHY I am teaching my children certain things. I would highly recommend this book for new members, parents with teens, and anyone who just wants to know WHY!

A Must Have
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Santa brought this book for Christmas and so far, without any effort on my part, my 11 year old read it and lately I've been catching my 15 year old with her nose in the book. Why? is such a great book for youth, parents, and youth leaders.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

We use this book along with the Strength of the Youth. It really helps explain the "reasons behind the "rules".

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

It's true... it's not just for teens. I'm a mother of 4 kids ranging from 4 to 13 years old and ALL OF US have enjoyed it and learned from it. It's hard to put it down. For family home evenings sometimes we'll have the kids pick a question from the book and we read the chapter and discuss it. Just from the intro of this book I've learned as a mom not to just say "Because I said so!" to my children anymore and have become more patient as they ask "Why?" a million times. This book contains great info for giving talks and lessons. Must have in your home and give as a gift! Mother-37

A must for every LDS home!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

With its unique layout and amazing graphics, this book catches the interest of readers and doesn't let it go. Don't fool yourself into thinking this one is just for teens. Parents and leaders will find valuable analogies and object lessons for many talks and lessons. The authors include enough humor and personal experiences that the book doesn't get preachy. I'm glad to see it among the best sellers because this one is a must for every LDS home.

really cool
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Flipping through the book gives you a good feel for it. The visuals are powerful and there are colorful graphics on nearly every page. Very appealing to the eye and a great resource.

More than just saying "Don't"
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is a great resource! Kids and teens love looking through it. I like it because is doesn't just say, "Don't do this, or don't do that", but it explains to youth the why, and the authors do it with doctrine. Highly recommend this book for every youth, and parents of youth.

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