Destroyer of love

"Pornography is like a raging storm, destroying individuals 
and families, utterly ruining what was once 
wholesome and beautiful."
-Gordon B. Hinckley-

Gordon B. Hinckley gave a talk in October 2004 on the dangers of pornography; sharing the story of a woman whose husband admitted to pornography addiction on his deathbed. Her response to all of the world is the following:
"Please warn the brethren and sisters. Pornography is not some titillating feast for the eyes that gives a momentary rush of excitement. Rather, it has the affect of damaging hearts and souls to their very depths, strangling the life out of relationships that should be sacred, hurting to the very core those you should love the most."

In previous posts, I've mentioned how the world is moving farther and farther away from the gospel of Christ; I've written about temptation and resisting the evil will of Satan. Pornography is one of the most influential temptations Satan employs against us; it is rampant in society. Society wishes to make it a "normal" thing. They tell you that pornography is completely harmless; that couples can even use it together. This is FALSE. "It is totally inconsistent with the spirit of the gospel, with personal testimony of the things of God.." (Gordon B. Hinckley)

The following quote is from FightTheNewDrug, on how pornography can affect your brain:

"Like other addictive substances and behaviors, porn activates the part of the brain called the reward center, triggering the release of a cocktail of chemicals that give you a temporary buzz. One of the chemicals in that cocktail is a protein called DeltaFosB...DeltaFosB is referred to as the molecular switch for addiction, because if it builds up enough in the brain, it switches on genes that create long-term cravings, driving the user back for more. And once it has been released, DeltaFosB sticks around in the brain for weeks or months, which is why porn consumers may feel strong cravings for porn long after they've stopped the habit."

To sum it up: pornography releases chemicals in your brain that are as strong as hard drugs. It gives off a buzz and you'll want to feel that momentary gratification over and over; so much so that your brain will crave it, and will drive you back to pornography to get that feeling again. Porn has other consequences, including overpowering your ability to perform during intimate moments and to have a healthy sexual relationship with your partner. Pornography is not harmless; as much as society wishes you to think. And these are just a few of the physical consequences.

Let's talk about the spiritual side of it. My friend Adam, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor, states, "Spiritually speaking, there's nothing that'll ruin your testimony faster than sexual sin."

LDS.org says "When we sin we lessen the influence of the Spirit in our lives. This opens the door for feelings of shame and for Satan to have greater influence over us. He wants us to believe making mistakes makes us bad people and therefore we don't deserve love." Y'all, honesty time: I've viewed pornography. In this day and age, who hasn't? Luckily, I've never slipped into the clutches of addiction, but I was exposed to it at the age of 12 and have, unfortunately, viewed it since.

In those low moments of my teenage years; when I allowed myself to slip off the gospel path and into the waiting hands of pornography, it was when life had made me sad, stressed, angry, etc. I allowed my emotions to override the promptings of the Spirit and would open up a bad site, as the Spirit would be screaming at me to stop. As soon as I would see those images, those promptings disappeared. I would feel a buzz, temporary happiness and just a general "good" feeling. But as soon as I stepped away from the computer, I would be empty. The sadness, despair, stress would all return ten-fold and I would immediately feel sorrowful at having viewed such filth.

I was drawn into a debate on Twitter the other day. The person on the other end of the debate? A porn "star". She did her best to convince me, and other LDS members, that pornography is normal. That there was nothing wrong with it and that it can be "healthy." This person had allowed herself to be filled with such evil, she even had pornographic photos posted in front of our church buildings. She was trying to recruit recently returned missionaries to leave the gospel path, to leave that thing they have so much faith in; to star in one of her "films", tempting them with the power of flesh.

She had let Satan have such a great influence on her, that she would make a mockery of a church, just for more fame; all while defiling the body that our Heavenly Father so lovingly gave her. But this isn't shocking to me. Look at current movies, TV shows, music lyrics... the world is so eagerly turning away from Christ and becoming more carnal; all for the feelings of temporary pleasure, fun and fame that the adversary promises.

I would like everyone to know, including the individual above; that your Heavenly Father loves you; and no matter how far you've strayed from the gospel path, has a pathway back for you. Jeffrey R. Holland speaks on this:

"I do not know who in [the world] today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable (Matthew 20:1-15), but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don't have, or distance from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christs's Atonement shines."

Pornography leads nowhere good; it is a destroyer of families, of individuals and of the ability to feel the Spirit and grow closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

"..the internet has made pornography more widely accessible, adding to what is available on DVDs and videos, on television and magazine stands. It leads to fantasies that are destructive of self-respect. It leads to illicit relationships, often to disease, and to abusive criminal activity." (Gordon B. Hinckley)

He did not mince his words; he did not attempt to downplay the seriousness that this issue is to our spirituality, to our testimony, and to the world today. Pornography is a serious drug, and if left unchecked, will ruin your relationship with those you care for most.

"Pornography fills your mind with impure thoughts and unrighteous desires. The very nature of pornography creates powerful images that are difficult to erase from your mind. You can control your thoughts and desires, but it is essential that you stop using pornography to be successful. As you keep your thoughts clean and pure, the temptation to view pornography will decrease. Your desire to use it will diminish." (LDS.org)

Now is the time for all followers of Christ to make our stand. To fight against the evil that would tear our families apart; that would make a mockery of our beliefs. Now is the time for us to tell society and Satan, no; we will not allow this evil, this filth, to take over the lives of us or our loved ones. Brothers and sisters, we have the power of God on our side; and through Him, anything is possible.

For anyone who is struggling with a pornography addiction, or any other addiction, I invite you to visit addictionrecovery.lds.org
You do not have to be a member of the LDS faith to seek help and support to combat whatever you are struggling to overcome.



"If there be any within the sound of my voice who are doing so, then may you 
plead with the Lord out of the depths of your soul that He will 
remove from you the addiction which enslaves you."
-Gordon B. Hinckley-



D&C 88:67-68 - And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things. Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will. 

Matthew 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

1 Corinthians 6:18 - Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

1 Peter 2:11 - Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

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  1. I keep seeing the Twittersphere pretend porn doesn't lead to Trafficking/Slavery 'Show me a source, or porn is great!' *sigh* ok, well - According to anti-trafficking nonprofit, Rescue:Freedom, in 9 countries, 49% of sexually exploited women said that pornography was made of them while they were being sold for sex.

    And here's a whole bunch of Phd' s explain how porn fuels sex trafficking https://truthaboutporn.org/media/

    4.5 million people a year a trapped into sex based slavery. Even if I wasn't LDS, I still wouldn't touch porn with a 10 foot pole. There's no way to tell which of those men/women in the porn your watching were coerced. Stop being dunces, or wilfully ignorant because you can't control your libido long enough to wonder if that person your fapping to is a slave Because Of You.

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    1. Exactly! PLUS... sex is supposed to mean something. Keep it between those in relationships (preferably marriage, as that's what I believe in..). Why do people think it's normal and ok to watch other people have sex on camera??

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