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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Adultery

"'Thou shalt not commit adultery.'... The violator of this commandment suffers a loss second only to the loss suffered by him who kills. With the loss of the Spirit of the Lord, which always accompanies adultery, comes a diminution of the power to choose between right and wrong. Lying, loss of self-respect, and disloyalty are bosom companions of adultery. If we are seriously interested in being successful in any endeavor, we shall avoid every type of immorality as we would avoid the plague." Marion G. Romney, "A Glorious Promise," "Ensign," Jan. 1981, p. 3

"I have some fear, however, that some members consider guidelines and procedures to be as important as the timeless, immutable laws of the gospel, such as 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.' Rather than some legalistic definition of adultery, the Savior's more enlightened direction is that the thought is father to the deed: he that 'looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.'" James E. Faust, "The Weightier Matters of the Law: Judgment, Mercy, and Faith," "Ensign," Nov. 1997, p. 53-54

"Another core principle is moral purity. One of the most pervasive deceptions in recent years is the notion that immorality is normal and acceptable and has no negative consequences. In truth, immorality is the underlying cause of much suffering and many other problems that are prevalent today, including rampant disease, abortion, broken families, families without fathers, and mothers who themselves are children. President Ezra Taft Benson said, 'The plaguing sin of this generation is sexual immorality.' The Lord said, 'Thou shalt not... commit adultery,... nor do anything like unto it.' That means we are to avoid abnormal sexual behavior, including fornication, homosexual behavior, child molestation, or any other perversion of God's plan of happiness." Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Deep Roots," "Ensign," Nov. 1994, p. 76

"You young men are the protectors of your sisters and of the girls with whom you associate. Your duty to them and to yourself is to be morally clean and sexually pure before the Lord. Movies and television scenes often imply moral cleanliness is old fashioned and not in tune with this modern world, but commandments cut into the stone tablets by the finger of God have not changed. The Lord declared, 'Thou shalt not... commit adultery,' and later added, 'nor do anything like unto it.' (D&C 59:6.) The commandments are clear and understandable and uncompromising." David B. Haight, "A Time for Preparation," "Ensign," Nov. 1991, p. 38

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