Here is a look at my convictions concerning marriage & adultery, and other moral issues.
“And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well-and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.” (2 Nephi 28:21)
This is my favorite scripture pertaining to the latter days before the second coming of Jesus Christ. It refers to Satan deceiving the people into believing that everything is okay when, in fact, there is an abundance of sin in ignorance.
I believe there is only two churches upon this world; Gods one true church, which is the Church of Jesus Christ; and the church of Satan, which is everything else. On one hand, we have the church of truth and goodness. On the other, we have a society of lies and iniquity. Those who are members of one cannot be members of the other.
Gods church requests that we follow all His commandments and seek to be perfect before Him. We are all expected to keep every commandment God reveals to us. Satan, however, would have us fail and be cast out as he was and lost for ever. Satan uses societies acceptance of sin to further his cause.
Take adultery, for instance. The gospel of Jesus Christ preaches against adultery and goes on to state that to even look at someone a certain way may be adultery (Exodus 20:14; Matt. 5:28; 3 Ne. 12:28; D&C 63:16). Whereas society not only redefines the term adultery, it excuses and promotes the behavior.
We are on this world, in part, to find an eternal companion and raise a family that can be together forever. The first recorded commandment God gave to the people of Earth was to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28; Genesis 9:1; Moses 2:28; Abraham 4:28). Society, on the other hand, dictates that the world is over populated and promotes non-reproductive-ness, abhorring children and the family.
It is Satan’s desire that we become so preoccupied in our lives, work and ourselves that we consider marriage and children a hassle and inconvenient; that we reject Gods simplest commandment through ignorance.
Ignorance is Satan’s tool of choice. It is a plague upon which society relies. God, for instance, considers us adults to be held accountable for our own actions at the age of eight years old or the intellectual equivalent. Yet society would have us believe that we are not capable of accountability until the age of 18, a whole ten years later. That’s an entire decade of our lives that Satan (society) would have us waste in ignorant sin.
Here is an example of how the ignorance of conventional wisdom can mislead and deceive us. Consider this question: Does the sun rise in the east and set in the west? You may think yes, but the answer is no. In fact, it is Earth that revolves around the sun. What may seem a harmless mistake can prove quite fatal in certain circumstances.
Do you suppose, for instance, that an astronaut would have achieved the goal of walking on the moon if he were so ignorant? No, he would have been cast out by the unforeseen forces of the Solar system and lost forever to have attempted such a feat in ignorance.
Likewise, with the goal of walking in the celestial kingdom of heaven, we will never do so in ignorance. The unforeseen forces of evil will take us off course. In order to make the journey, we must be as the astronaut and learn the truth of that which we seek or be lost forever.
Through society, Satan has hidden and misrepresented many facts that should (after six thousand years) be common knowledge just to keep us in ignorance of our first commandment. Medical science, for instance, has long since proven that the optimal reproduction time for women is between puberty and eighteen years of age. In fact, the human body actually begins deteriorating at around the age of sixteen. The older a woman is, the more complications and heath risks occur during pregnancy and child birthing.
Yet, society expects them to put off parenthood and family values in favor of academics. A travesty according to modern revelation. Parents help by choosing society’s definition of adulthood desiring to keep their offspring in ignorance for as long as possible under the premise that ignorance equals innocence and the misconception that it is their responsibility to protect them.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. For only through knowledge of the truth is it possible to be innocent of sin. It helps to understand the proper relationship and responsibilities between ourselves and our children who are not ours at all, but Gods, entrusted to us for a very specific purpose.
Remember this: A baby is a child young enough to depend on a parent for all of its survival needs, a child is an individual below the age of accountability, a young adult is an individual between the ages of accountability and puberty, and an adult is an individual above the age of puberty. It is the responsibility of the parent to protect the baby, teach the child, assist the young adult, and befriend the adult.
Families were instituted for this very purpose. To teach and guide the children of God. They are the means He uses to school and instruct us in the ways of righteousness. Parents are the teachers and another method God has selected to administer His commandments and desires to His children.
It is the obligation of every man and woman to seek out the qualities in a spouse that will help instruct, teach and guide their students, who are the children of God. Beware of pride in ignorance and sin, for society also preaches to be prideful of fornication, making sin a symbol of status.
Pride in sin is what caused the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 10:19; Ezekiel 16:49). Like today, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah sought after sinful desires and bragged about their iniquitous conquests. An example of this behavior is evident in modern television, rare is a television program that does not portray at least one or more commandment of God being broken as an accepted behavior.
Parents are failing in their duty as teachers. Among other atrocities, they are neglecting to prepare and warn their students of the perils of divorce.
The marriage between two individuals is a sacred union (Genesis 2:24; Moses 3:24; Abraham 5:18). It should never be entered into lightly. Our eternal salvation depends on our acknowledgment and understanding of the severity of that union. Without it, we will never achieve the Celestial Kingdom. Yet, our society accepts and promotes divorce.
Contrary to public acceptance, the commitment of marriage is not a sin. Even members of God’s one true church twist and misapply scripture to justify divorce. Society has led many astray preaching the repentance of marriage as though it were the sin, where the actual sin is in the divorce (Matthew 5:31; Luke 16:18; 1st Corinthians 7:10; 3 Nephi 12:31).
One of the leading causes for divorce in the Church is extramarital advise. Parents who have never accepted their correct role as teachers refuse to accept the independence of their “children” and continue to assert authority over the newlyweds.
Misguided parents, especially fathers of daughters, are often over protective and feel their offspring deserves “better”. When they find themselves unable to stop a marriage to an unwanted in-law, they resolve to wait for the inevitable tribulations that arise in all marriages and preach divorce.
It is important to understand that once a couple has been married, the “parents” no longer have any authority. When a man and woman get married, that man becomes the patriarch of a new family and is the immediate priesthood authority. After him, the authority is his priesthood quorum’s leader. Any unsolicited advise from parents, siblings, friends, and so on is outside the chain of authority and often leads to confusion, discontent, and adultery.
Let us not forget the guises of adultery. To even look upon another individual to lust is adultery. Woman who perform sexual acts with more than one man are sluts. Women who do so for profit are whores. It is far better for a woman to die as an old maiden than to die an ignorant adulteress. It is no different for men, we are all equal in the eyes of God and our agency and purpose.
As individuals, we (men and women) have very specific roles in this life; we are teachers in Zion. It is essential for our eternal salvation to learn, understand and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We must strive to be honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, intelligent and well-educated in truth and righteousness.