"Again I say, leave it alone. Turn it off, walk away from it, burn it, erase it, destroy it. I know it is hard counsel we give when we say movies that are R-rated, and many with PG-13 ratings, are produced by satanic influences. Our standards should not be dictated by the rating system. I repeat, because of what they really represent, these types of movies, music, tapes, etc. serve the purposes of the author of all darkness."
Elder H. Burke Peterson
"Touch Not The Evil Gift, Nor The Unclean Thing"
General Conference, October 1993
"We counsel you, young men, not to pollute your minds with such degrading matter, for the mind through which this filth passes is never the same afterwards. Don't see R-rated movies or vulgar videos or participate in any entertainment that is immoral, suggestive, or pornographic. Don't listen to music that is degrading."
President Ezra Taft Benson
"To the 'Youth of the Noble Birthright'"
General Conference Priesthood Session, April 1986
"Satan would have us believe that the minor infractions do not need to concern us. Why worry if we do not control our thoughts or if we allow pornographic or immoral entertainment to be part of our lives? Does attending just a few R-rated movies or immoral PG movies really damage us? Are we so unworthy when we watch just two or three questionable programs on the cable television channels? Are the lewd novels of the day really so bad? These little rationalizations prompted by Satan will become great detriments to our spiritual growth."
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
"Little Things Count"
BYU Speeches of the Year, 26 October 1986
"One might well wonder about the term 'adult entertainment.' Could it be that something unclean or immoral which is not fit for children is wholesome for adults? Is 'adult evil' acceptable? How consistent is it to have a double standard?
Elder Richard L. Evans
Conference Report, April 1969, p. 74
"If we keep them sharpened on good literature and uplifting entertainment, development is inevitable. If we starve them with the drivel of miserable shows, cheap literature, beatnik entertainment, they become poor indeed."
Gordon B. Hinckley
BYU Speeches, October 26, 1965, p.5
“Seek learning out of the best books. (See D&C 88:118.) Avoid literature and movies which portray evil as good and good as evil.” - Ezra Taft Benson, “Counsel to the Saints,” Ensign (CR), May 1984, p. 6
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