In today’s sexually perverse pop-culture, chastity is seldom “popular.” It is nevertheless important. Chastity includes strict abstinence from sexual relations before marriage and complete fidelity after marriage. It also includes purity in thought and action and in the way we dress.
Chastity Before & After Marriage
Mormons believe that the sacred powers of procreation are a gift from God that should not be abused; they are only to be employed between a man and a woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife. In short, we teach the importance of no sexual relations before marriage, and complete fidelity to one’s spouse after marriage. Anything less is unacceptable before the Lord.
The Danger of Pornography
And in today’s world, chastity also includes a strict command to avoid pornography in all its forms. Many people are quick to dismiss pornography as nothing of consequence, or something that only affects the person viewing it. On the contrary, pornography is addictive; it distorts a person’s view of reality and affects their ability to have normal human relationships; it destroys lives and marriages.
Homosexual or same-gender attraction is as real as anything else in this world. Still, Mormons believe that acting on such behavior is contrary to God’s commandments and frustrates his plan for the divine nature of his children. (For more on the Church’s stance on marriage and homosexuality, read this post.)