We Believe in Being Chaste

David A. Bednar, April 2013 General Conference, http://www.lds.org

Key Doctrine and Principles

  • Chastity is temporal and spiritual law
  • Create life first great commandment
  • Abstinence before marriage, fidelity within
  • We are meant to develop godlike qualities and bridle passions of the flesh

Favorite Quotes

“The unique combination of spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional capacities of both males and females was needed to enact the plan of happiness. “Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). The man and the woman are intended to learn from, strengthen, bless, and complete each other.”

“We are agents blessed with moral agency and are defined by our divine heritage as children of God—and not by sexual behaviors, contemporary attitudes, or secular philosophies.”

“Every appetite, desire, propensity, and impulse of the natural man may be overcome by and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We are here on the earth to develop godlike qualities and to bridle all of the passions of the flesh.”

“Because a physical body is so central to the Father’s plan of happiness and our spiritual development, Lucifer seeks to frustrate our progression by tempting us to use our bodies improperly. One of the ultimate ironies of eternity is that the adversary, who is miserable precisely because he has no physical body, entices us to share in his misery through the improper use of our bodies. The very tool he does not have is thus the primary target of his attempts to lure us to spiritual destruction.”

“We also are promised that, as we pursue the pathway of virtue, “the Holy Ghost shall be [our] constant companion” (D&C 121:46). Thus, living the law of chastity invites some of the greatest blessings men and women can receive in mortality: appropriate spiritual confidence in the presence of family, friends, Church associates, and, ultimately, the Savior. Our innate longing to belong is fulfilled in righteousness as we walk in the light with hope.”

“Guilt is to our spirit what pain is to our body—a warning of danger and a protection from additional damage. From the Atonement of the Savior flows the soothing salve that can heal our spiritual wounds and remove guilt.”

Why this matters to me

Everyone has things they need to overcome physically whether they are sexual temptation or other areas. This talk, while explicitly about sexual transgressions, can apply to any struggle with our physical bodies. Using mind altering drugs, even mild ones that are not limited by our nation’s laws, is one way we can improperly use our bodies. Not eating properly is a way to not care for our bodies. It is a change in how I think, to realize the wonderful gift that is our bodies. The blessings we are promised are amazing if we keep this law. I love that Elder Bednar said we would have spiritual confidence among not only our family and friends but also the Savior. What a glorious promise! If we don’t feel that way, we can get there.  I also really liked that Edler Bednar explained guilt is a warning of danger and protection from additional damage. Everyone feels guilt. It catches up with us after we have said things we regret, done things we regret, or even thought things we regret. But, guilt is not there to bring you down. It is a reminder of what we know to be true and how we know we need to change.


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