I am proud to say that I am a student at BYU-Idaho, the school that is currently getting the media’s attention for a video released as a public service announcement to its students a couple of weeks ago. The following video is a warning against the harmful effects of pornography*.
Though dramatic, the video makes its point clear.
Those unfamiliar with the school should note that students choose when they come to school here, and sign their names to it, that they will live the Honor Code. This code of conduct is in accordance with the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The purpose of it is to help students live a higher standard, to be better people, and to stand out when they enter the world. Those who violate the Honor Code are subject to disciplinary action.
Roommates are encouraged to lovingly help each other maintain such a standard of living. When that standard is maintained in a home, there is a noticeable change in the spirit and atmosphere of that home. It is a more desirable place to be. Therein exists light.
Shouldn’t young people who work so hard to live such high standards, to be good, be commended for their efforts, and not ridiculed? Shouldn’t a school be honored for not only educating its students about the different subjects of our world, but also for educating them about life?
This message from the Church is not new. The following video illustrates the impact that pornography can have on the family.
The family is the most important unit in our society. It is an eternal unit. There exists among us an adversary who seeks to destroy families in any way possible. Though these videos depict men as the victims, women are also subject to the temptations of pornography in its many forms.
The fight against temptation is a battle. It has been since the beginning. We as human beings are naturally subject to temptation. Why not help and encourage each other to avoid such things, and instead of letting negative things into our lives, reach out and make a positive difference in the world. No one should be left behind.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to an: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13
*Note that I mention the video is about pornography, and not any acts of self-pleasure, as the media suggests in their headlines. The consequent acts are a common effect of pornography, whereas pornography is the source and the actual topic of the video.
To anyone struggling with an addiction to pornography, please feel free to visit this site for help.
UPDATE- President Clark interviewed about the video. A great interview to read.