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"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
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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Decision-maker Deseret Book responds:
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...
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