Friday, February 5, 2010

Sex...What it's supposed to be

Link to amazing talk/lesson about what sex means:

Notes from a lesson in Relief society on chastity
I am going to copy my notes from the was good, and I appreciated that he focused a lot on the good things about sex after marriage rather than why we should wait and such.
-sexual stimulation, removal of clothing, etc. not appropriate before marriage
-Lord's law of chastity applies to bodies and minds
-speaking to Heavenly Father helps clear impurities of the mind
-Don't allow fears to keep you from the blessings and relief that come from repentance
-Why we need to follow the law of chastity, from a spiritual point of view
-Today's world is at least as bad as Sodom and Gomorrah (Pres Hinckley, I think)
-Power, physical, emotional, spiritual
-Provides physical bodies for Heavenly Father's spirit children and shapes person's eternal well-being, as well as strengthening bonds of marriage
-Every use of this power has moral significance
-Power in right use part of Godliness and Godhood
-Perpetual and improper use makes user a devil
-Lord's law of chastity -how to use body, soul shaping power for good and not evil
-adhering to that law makes one's nature more Godly
-not adhering to it makes nature less Godly
-Through Atonement and true repentance can be forgiven and forgotten as though it hasn't happened
-in pure form, romantic love=highest instincts
-in adulterated form=betrays
-Satan seeks to numb our sensibilities until we are eternally miserable
-Elder Hayfen (someone who was quoted, idk about spelling)
-Elder Holland-body not really ours, but will is...God will not impose on one's will, but body different story
-flee fornication, body temple of Holy Spirit, ye are not your own, we are brought with a price
-Soul is what's at stake here, not life or body
-Why does God care so much about sexual transgression?
-Sexual unity should be a symbol of spiritual, metaphysical and complete bonding
-sharing physical intimacy outside marriage -moral schizophrenia
-sexual union as a sacrament-special kind of symbol, unite our will with God's
-Real sacrament of highest order-union of man and woman w God
-Power of procreating...we will never be more like God than when we are expressing the power of human creation
-Only control we have over this is self control
-Jesus-If men will come after Him, take cross and follow Him, deny worldly lusts...forsake the world and save your souls
-Repentance is beautiful, and so is using sexual power in its proper and intended way
-Love, support, friendship, example are good ways to help those who are struggling with these issues
-Those who go to bishops and forsake their sins are some of the most valiant and choicest of Heavenly Father's children. (b/c they recognize they have done/are doing something wrong, want to change, and are willing to go before the bishop to confess)

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