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I was born and raised in Denmark. When I was 18 years old, I was invited to dinner with a family who were all members of the same church I belong to. There were two younger children watching TV. Their dad quickly turned the television off and said, "You girls know the rules. No TV on Sundays."

I gave it some thought and then replied: "I would die without TV."The mother smiled and told me that one of their church leaders had said that in order to keep good moral standards strong in his home, he and his family do not watch television unless it is uplifting or for learning. I said, "It's a good thing I am not a church leader."

A couple of years later my family and I immigrated to America, and I was asked out to a PG movie that was very popular. The scenes displayed made me physically ill. My date said, "You are probably just not used to American movies." I thought to myself, should I have to get used to this?

I was asked out again to a movie. Yet another show with scenes that didn't agree with me. I went outside, and my date soon followed. He wanted to know what the big deal was.

These experiences gave me a lot to think about. I remembered about the church leader in Denmark, who only watched spiritual and uplifting things. I thought, shouldn't the same go for me?

I am now married and have four children. Until about a year ago my family and I have watched our share of TV. With the growing violence and decline in morality, it is obvious television is not getting any better. So my children and I have made the same commitment as the Danish church leader.

I am grateful to finally understand that you don't have to be a church leader to keep a good spirit strong in your home. A lesson I wish I would have understood years ago.

Anne-Mette Howland

Stansbury Park