prophets are men whom the Lord has raised up specifically to preside
over the Church for the particular time in which they have served.
The Lord is working through the leaders of His Church today, just
as He has always done in the past."
"Do we fully appreciate
what a wondrous blessing it is to each one of us that we have
found our prophet? The ways in which our lives have been enriched
by listening to our prophet's voice are numerous. We have a clearer
picture of who we are and what we mean to our Father in Heaven.
We have received commandments and counsel to guide us, reminders
to keep us on the straight and narrow, and encouraging words to
spur us on when we become disheartened or discouraged.
If we listen to the voices of the world, we will be misled.
But if we listen to the voice of the Lord through His living prophet
and follow his counsel, we will never go astray."
1998 General Conference
to a prophet's voice, and hear the word of God:
relations in marriage are not unrestrained. Even though
sex can be an important and satisfactory part of married life,
we must remember that life is not designed just for sex. Even
marriage does not make proper certain extremes in sexual indulgence.
To the Ephesian saints Paul begged for propriety in marriage:
"So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He
that loveth his wife loveth himself." (Ephesians 5:28.) And
the Lord's condemnation included secret sexual sins in marriage,
when he said: "And those who are not pure, and have said
they were pure, shall be destroyed, saith the Lord God."
"If it is unnatural,
you just don't do it. That is all, and all the family life should
be kept clean and worthy and on a very high plane. There
are some people who have said that behind the bedroom doors anything
goes. That is not true and the Lord would not condone it."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W.
persons should understand that if in their marital relations they
are guilty of unnatural, impure, or unholy practices, they should
not enter the temple unless and until they repent and discontinue
any such practices. Husbands and wives who are aware
of these requirements can determine by themselves their standing
before the Lord."
of this should be conveyed without having priesthood leaders focus
upon intimate matters which are a part of husband and wife relationships.
Skillful interviewing and counseling can occur without discussion
of clinical details by placing firm responsibility on individual
members of the Church to put their lives in order before exercising
the privilege of entering a house of the Lord. The First
Presidency has interpreted oral sex as constituting an unnatural,
impure, or unholy practice. If a person is engaged in a practice
which troubles him enough to ask about it, he should discontinue
- Official Declaration
of the First Presidency of the Church, January 5th, 1982
anciently and today condemn masturbation. It induces
feelings of guilt and shame. It is detrimental to spirituality.
It indicates slavery to the flesh, not that mastery of it and
the growth toward godhood which is the object of our mortal life.
Our modern prophet has indicated that no young man should
be called on a mission who is not free from this practice.
What is more, it too often leads to grievous sin, even to that
sin against nature, homosexuality. For, done in private, it evolves
often into mutual masturbation-practiced with another person of
the same sex and thence into total homosexuality...."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The
Miracle of Forgiveness, Pages 77-79, 81-82
the most common sexual sins our young people commit are necking
and petting. Not only do these improper relations often
lead to fornication, [unwed] pregnancy, and abortions - all ugly
sins - but in and of themselves they are pernicious evils, and
it is often difficult for youth to distinguish where one ends
and another begins. They awaken lust and stir evil thoughts and
sex desires. They are but parts of the whole family of related
sins and indiscretions. Almost like twins, 'petting' and
fornication are alike."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The
Miracle of Forgiveness, page 65
far-reaching is the effect of the loss of chastity. Once given
or taken or stolen it can never be regained. Even in
a forced contact such as rape or incest, the injured one is greatly
outraged. If she has not cooperated and contributed to the foul
deed, she is of course in a more favorable position. There is
no condemnation where there is no voluntary participation. It
is better to die in defending one's virtue than to live having
lost it without a struggle."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The
Miracle of Forgiveness, page 196
"And Cain said
unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold,
thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth."
(Genesis 4:9-14.) That was true of murder. It is also
true of illicit sex, which, of course, includes all petting, fornication,
adultery, homosexual acts, and all other perversions.
The Lord may say to offenders, as He did to Cain, "What hast
thou done?" The children thus conceived make damning charges
against you; the companions who have been frustrated and violated
condemn you; the body that has been defiled cries out against
you; the spirit which has been dwarfed convicts you. You will
have difficulty throughout the ages in totally forgiving yourself."
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust",
BYU Speech January 5, 1965. Often-used quote still used today
in LDS seminary classes.
do not find in the Bible the modern terms "petting"
nor "homosexuality," yet I found numerous scriptures
which forbade such acts under by whatever names they might be
called. I could not find the term "homosexuality," but
I did find numerous places where the Lord condemned such
a practice with such vigor that even the death penalty was assessed."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust",
BYU Speech January 5, 1965
or fornication justified the death penalty in the old days, and
still in Christ's day, is the sin any less today because the laws
of the land do not assess the death penalty for it? Is
the act less grievous? There must be a washing, a purging, a changing
of attitudes, a correcting of appraisals, a strengthening toward
self-mastery. There must be many prayers, and volumes of tears.
There must be an inner conviction giving to the sin its full diabolical
weight. There must be increased devotion and much thought and
study. And this takes energy and time and often is accompanied
with sore embarrassment, heavy deprivations and deep trials, even
if indeed one is not excommunicated from the Church, losing all
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The
Miracle of Forgiveness, Page 155
"How like the
mistletoe is immorality. The killer plant starts with a sticky
sweet berry. Little indiscretions are the berries -- indiscretions
like sex thoughts sex discussions, passionate kissing, pornography.
The leaves and little twigs are masturbation and necking
and such, growing with every exercise. The full-grown plant is
petting and sex looseness. It confounds, frustrates,
and destroys like the parasite if it is not cut out and destroyed,
for, in time it robs the tree, bleeds its life, and leaves it
barren and dry; and, strangely enough, the parasite dies with
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, General Conference Address,
April 1, 1967.
saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people today....
The day of the Lamanites is nigh. For years they have
been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and
delightsome, as they were promised. In this picture of
the twenty Lamanite missionaries, fifteen of the twenty were as
light as Anglos, five were darker but equally delightsome. The
children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter
than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation.
At one meeting a father and mother and their sixteen-year-old
daughter were present, the little member girl--sixteen--sitting
between the dark father and mother, and it was evident she was
several shades lighter than her parents--on the same reservation,
in the same hogan, subject to the same sun and wind and weather....These
young members of the Church are changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness."
- Apostle Elder Spencer W. Kimball, General Conference, 1960
He [God] has the Indian or Lamanite, with a background of twenty-five
centuries of superstition, degradation, idolatry, and indolence....
I present to you a people who, according to prophecies, have been
scattered and driven, defrauded and deprived, who are a "branch
of the tree of Israel -- lost from its body -- wanderers in a
strange land"--their own land.... I beg of you, do not disparage
the Lamanite-Nephites ... Do not scoff and ignore these Nephite-Lamanites...
Do not prate your power of speech or your fearlessness unless
you too could stand with the Prophet Samuel on the city wall,
dodging stones and spears and arrows while trying to preach the
gospel of salvation. The very descendants of this great
prophet are with us. They may be Navajos or Cherokees.... Mayas
or Pimas.... Piutes or Mohicans.... And in these living descendants
... will be redeemed, will rise and will become a blessed people.
God has said it."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, April 1954,