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Sexual Purity Blesses Our Lives

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  • "Sexual Purity Blesses Our Lives," Ensign, Jul 2010, 10-11

    Chastity means being morally clean in our thoughts, words, and actions. This sexual purity is "pleasing unto God."1 Our Heavenly Father has given us the sacred powers of procreation for the purpose of bringing forth children and for the expression of love within marriage between a man and a woman. He has also given us the law of chastity to protect us from the damage that comes from sharing physical intimacies outside of marriage.

    Heavenly Father has set clear boundaries for chastity. He commands us not to have any sexual relations before we are married. After we are married, we are commanded to be completely faithful to our spouse.2 If we break the law of chastity, we have committed a grievous sin.3 The prophet Alma taught that sexual sins are more serious than any other sins except murder or denying the Holy Ghost.4

    Satan makes a mockery of chastity and of the sanctity of marriage when he tempts us to believe that sexual intimacy outside of marriage is acceptable as long as a man and a woman are in love. This is not true. It is a serious sin that defiles the power God has given us to create life.5

    Our Father in Heaven has commanded all of us to live the law of chastity. The blessings for obeying this commandment and the consequences for breaking it are the same for each of us, regardless of our impulses, desires, or sexual temptations.

    If we have committed sexual sins, the Lord will forgive us if we truly repent.6 The despair of sin can be replaced with the sweet peace of forgiveness.7

    As we keep ourselves sexually pure, we will become more sensitive to the Holy Ghost's guidance and receive strength, comfort, and protection.8

    "We declare that God's commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife."17

    "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

    Photo illustrations by Welden C. Andersen; Lana Leishman; Robert Casey; Jan Friis, © Henrik Als; Matthew Reier; and John Luke


    1. Jacob 2:7.

    2. See D&C 42:22.

    3. See Exodus 20:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:3.

    4. See Alma 39:5.

    5. See 1 Corinthians 7:2-5.

    6. See Isaiah 1:18.

    7. See D&C 58:42-43.

    8. For more information, see For the Strength of Youth (2001), 26-28; Gospel Principles (2009), 225-32; and True to the Faith (2004), "Chastity," 29-33.

    9. See Alma 42:30.

    10. See True to the Faith, "Modesty," 107.

    11. See Alma 39:9; 3 Nephi 12:28-30; D&C 42:23; 121:45.

    12. 1 Corinthians 10:13; see also Genesis 39:1-12.

    13. See Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball (2006), 38, 41-42, 44; see Mosiah 26:29.

    14. See True to the Faith, "Abuse," 7.

    15. See Ephesians 5:28; D&C 42:22-23.

    16. See 1 Thessalonians 5:22.

    17. "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," Liahona, Oct. 2004, 49; Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102.

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