To Everything There Is a Season, Part 2 (LDS)


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This presentation is the second part of a three-part presentation focusing on LDS standards in dating for youth. It also discussed the importance of love and respect as the foundation for love.

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To Everything There Is a Season, Part 2 (LDS)

  1. 1. To Everything There Is a Season Part 2: Sacred Boundaries November 29, 2009
  2. 2. We can and must do a much better job as parents and leaders in teaching our children and youth about sexual purity.
  3. 3. Teaching about sex is primarily the parents’ responsibility. But family and Church leaders should also support parents.
  4. 5. Our lives and happiness are protected by sacred boundaries.
  5. 6. Chastity is the fortress that protects love, self-respect, relationships and the family.
  6. 7. The temple is a symbol of that fortress.
  7. 8. Physical intimacy between a married man and woman is a beautiful, powerful, sacred bond.
  8. 9. For married couples, physical intimacy, when properly expressed, is the key to emotional and spiritual unity.
  9. 10. Respect is the key to trust, and trust is the key to enduring, romantic love.
  10. 11. When expressed with gentleness, great respect and unselfishness, physical intimacy heals the marriage relationship.
  11. 12. When expressed outside of sacred boundaries, physical intimacy always has painful and often disastrous or devastating consequences for a lot of people.
  12. 13. Who Will Your Choices Affect? <ul><li>Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Brothers and sisters </li></ul><ul><li>Grandparents </li></ul><ul><li>Cousins </li></ul><ul><li>Close friends </li></ul><ul><li>Acquaintances </li></ul><ul><li>Church leaders </li></ul><ul><li>School teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Your future spouse </li></ul><ul><li>Unborn children </li></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul>
  13. 14. If you enter into a physical relationship too soon, you too often make life commitments before you are emotionally ready.
  14. 15. Foundations for Enduring Relationships
  15. 16. Respect
  16. 17. Respect Trust
  17. 18. Respect Trust Love
  18. 19. Respect Trust Love Physical Affection
  19. 20. Respect
  20. 21. Respect Trust
  21. 22. Respect Trust Love
  22. 23. Respect Trust Love Physical Affection
  23. 24. But as we seek acceptance or popularity, attention and affection, we sometimes do so without a foundation.
  24. 25. Physical Affection
  25. 26. Physical Affection Respect
  26. 27. Physical Affection Respect Trust
  27. 28. Physical Affection Respect Trust Love
  28. 29. Physical Affection
  29. 30. Love Physical Affection
  30. 31. Respect Love Physical Affection
  31. 32. Respect Trust Love Physical Affection
  32. 33. Soothed by rationalizations, we step across sacred boundaries, and often talk ourselves into doing things that we would not otherwise do.
  33. 34. Aaron Wilburn: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and the Lord
  34. 35. “ Satan may tempt you to rationalize that sexual intimacy before marriage is acceptable when two people are in love. That is not true.” — For the Strength of Youth, p. 26
  35. 36. Guardrails
  36. 37. The Holy Ghost Do you have it with you?
  37. 38. You are the first and most important guardrail. It’s about what is going on inside of you. No one can protect you like you .
  38. 39. “ Necking, petting, intimacies and improprieties of every kind should not be indulged in at any time in dating or in courtship. Love and affection are precious, and virtue must never be placed in jeopardy.” — For the Strength of Youth (1965), p. 13.
  39. 40. “ Do not date until you are at least 16 years old. Dating before then can lead to immorality, limit the number of other young people you meet, and deprive you of experiences that will help you choose an eternal partner.” — For the Strength of Youth (2001), p. 24
  40. 41. If you are “going out” before 16 or steady dating after 16, you have crossed a sacred boundary and are in danger.
  41. 42. When you cross that boundary, you may not have the protection of the Spirit.
  42. 43. Familiarity leads to boredom which leads to experimentation which too often leads to transgression.
  43. 44. You may not want to date at all. That’s okay. There is plenty of time for dating later.
  44. 45. “Going Out” <ul><li>“No one has asked me out. What’s wrong with me?” </li></ul><ul><li>“Me too! Me too! I can go out too!” </li></ul><ul><li>A steady, romantic relationship should only happen when you are of marriageable age </li></ul>
  45. 46. Okay Before Dating Age <ul><li>You can be good, old fashioned friends! </li></ul><ul><li>Talking together in groups, such as at Mutual, school, dances, parties </li></ul><ul><li>All with your parent’s knowledge and approval </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic communication is not a substitute for face to face relationships </li></ul>
  46. 47. Not Okay Before Dating Age <ul><li>Pairing off </li></ul><ul><li>Two people intentionally alone is essentially a date </li></ul><ul><li>Physical affection with romantic intent </li></ul><ul><li>“ Accidental” meet-ups </li></ul>
  47. 48. Early romance often slows and stunts emotional and spiritual growth.
  48. 49. You will develop confidence in yourself through friendship and social interaction, not romance.
  49. 50. How do you show affection when dating?
  50. 51. When is it appropriate to hold hands?
  51. 52. When is it appropriate to hug someone?
  52. 53. When is it appropriate to put your arm around someone?
  53. 54. When is it appropriate to kiss someone?
  54. 55. Having the Spirit with You <ul><li>Your greatest safeguard is to have the Spirit with you all the time </li></ul><ul><li>Draw close to the Lord through daily prayer, scripture study, attendance at Church, Mutual, seminary </li></ul><ul><li>You must be willing to be obedient </li></ul><ul><li>You must repent </li></ul>
  55. 56. Joseph and Potiphar’s wife: What happened?
  56. 57. “ How...can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” —Genesis 39:9
  57. 58. Joseph had integrity with himself, he had the Spirit, and he knew who he was.
  58. 59. You can, too. But it’s up to you.