Saturday, January 22, 2011
There are so many blessings to being chaste. You don't have to worry about STD's, unplanned pregnancies, emotional distress, or the worry of being left by the other person. As I look at my parents, I am so very grateful that they were both shaste before marriage. And my Dad is a convert. He never even heard about the CHurch and it's teachings, yet he was always chaste. As C.S. Lewis said, "For however important chastity ... may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God" (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 1996). My parents knew that they loved each other with out breaking the Law of Chastity. There are millions of people who love each other who never had sex before marriage.
We have a duty to God to ramain pure. Our bodies are temples, and we need to treat them with respect.
President Ezra Taft Benson taught, "Do not be misled by Satan's lies. There is no lasting happiness in immorality. There is no joy to be found in breaking the law of chastity. Just the opposite is true. There may be momentary pleasure. For a time it may seem like everything is wonderful. But quickly the relationship will sour. Guilt and shame set in. We become fearful that our sins will be discovered. We must sneak and hide, lie and cheat. Love begins to die. Bitterness, jealousy, anger, and even hate begin to grow. All of these are the natural results of sin and transgression.
"On the other hand, when we obey the law of chastity and keep ourselves morally clean, we will experience the blessings of increased love and peace, greater trust and respect for our marital partners, deeper commitment to each other, and, therefore, a deep and significant sense of joy and happiness."
I testify that being chaste is worth it. We are all sons and daughters of our loving Heavenly Father. He wants us to be happy and lead happy lives. When we obey the Law of Chastity, we can have happy marriages and even happier families.