I have been in church since I was younger. With my nana being a pastor, my mother a youth leader, and my father a deacon, at church, I have grown up with a strong religious background. Because I was brought up in such a religious based background, I have developed a mentality that many girls my age may not have. For example ,Hebrews 13:4 – states that “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” This is showing that sex should not occur before marriage, and I follow this because it would go against God’s will if I were to do otherwise. Also, with my mom being a youth leader at church, her ultimate goal is to inform us youth of things such as abstinence. In addition to this, she has informed me of things that should and shouldn’t be done in a relationship. Therefore, my mother and my religious background have influenced me when it comes to my relationship boundaries. There are many characteristics I value in a relationship, with the first being honesty. I feel as though I am unable to have a true relationship without honesty. If I am unable to trust my partner then I believe my relationship is bound for failure. Another characteristic I value in a relationship is respect. In a relationship my partner and I must have respect for one another and also our beliefs. I feel as though if there is no respect for my partner and their beliefs, then it is just a one way relationship because one of us may not truly care for that other person. Respect also ties into another characteristic I value in a relationship, which is shared power. This is important because I have hopes, dreams, and goals and I need someone who supports me as I plan to do the same for them. I also believe physical affection is a characteristic that I value in a relationship. In each relationship physical affection should be present because it just shows our love for one another through...
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