Please remove "The Not Even Once Club" from your shelves and inventory
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Please remove "The Not Even Once Club" from your shelves and inventory

    1. Edward Jones
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      Edward Jones

      Salt Lake City, UT

"The Not Even Once Club" is a book that encourages children to promise they will never sin, "Not. Even. Once."  It endorses giving children candy as a reward for righteous behavior and withholding candy and group membership for children who sin even once.  This book does not mention Christ, the Atonement, or repentance---except in a tiny section of the parents' guide. 

We urge Deseret Book to prayerfully consider the spiritual and psychological damage caused to children by leading them to believe they can live a perfectly sinless life without a single mistake, a standard so impossible that only Jesus Christ achieved it. 

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  1 John 1:8-9

(This book has been reviewed here: and here and discussed here )


Deseret Book
I urge you to prayerfully consider removing "The Not Even Once Club" from your shelves and inventory. Although it is important to give our children high standards, all people make mistakes and need Christ's atonement. Children who read this book and go on to sin, as all people do, will feel needless shame and humiliation. Please prevent this from happening.

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    3. Decision-maker Deseret Book responds:

      Deseret Book

      The Not Even Once Club was created to help LDS parents and their children discuss the importance of making and keeping promises. We encourage people to read the short story in its entirety and the Guide for Parents and Children in the bac...

    4. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lincoln Pead SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT
      • 3 months ago

      Shooting beyond the mark. Well intentioned or not the message discredits the atonement. The are better ways to address the practical consequences related to substance abuse etc., but conflating those with ideas of rejection and exclusion...yikes.

    • Stephanie Larsen KAYSVILLE, UT
      • 4 months ago

      I thought the book looked cute, so I picked it up and began to read, I felt sad about the message that would most likely come across to the kids. I understand the sweet authors intent, but I think the message kids are going to pick up is the importance of trying to be "perfect" which is a real epidemic in the lds community. Kids need to know that "Be ye therefore perfect" is something only achievable with the help of the Savior and the idea that we could be perfect or never sin is not possible. Even I struggle with this, I understand on a logical level that I can't be perfect without the Savior and yet I still try and try to be, and fall prey to Satan's well devised discouragement and hopelessness of not being "good enough" or worthy of help from the Savior.

    • David Daines LOGAN, UT
      • 6 months ago

      I would love to ask miss Nelson if even SHE in her high holiness could have belonged to The Not Even Once Club as a young girl.

    • Barret Lybbert PROVO, UT
      • 7 months ago

      I do not agree with the message of this book.

    • ELizabeth Hansen SOUTH JORDAN, UT
      • 8 months ago

      Everyone sins and you never bribe or reward with candy. It promotes non acceptance of people because of a small mistake. Wrong on many, many levels.


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