The greatest challenge that our LDS youth have, right now, is to keep themselves sexually pure. Teenagers tend to live in the moment, not thinking about what they want in life and how their immediate choices will ultimately affect what they want most, in their future. If we could somehow help them to better understand the consequences of sexual sin, perhaps fewer of them would succumb to the temptation.
Even the best of LDS teens can find themselves at the bottom of that very slippery slope if they don't set limits for themselves for how they are going to interact with the opposite sex -- even the ones who clearly know what they want. The other problem with most teens, is that they feel as though they know everything and that they are in complete control. This may be the most frightening part of parenting our youth. Every LDS parent of a teenager is familiar with the old "eye roll" when they attempt to caution their teen about sexual purity.
Whether they want to hear it or not, parents and youth leaders have a sacred responsibility to teach these skills. As many tools as we can hang on their "belts" before they head out the door, the better. Of course we constantly teach our LDS youth about chastity and staying morally clean, but we're probably not as good about teaching them the WHY part, other than telling them don't!
Mormon Messages Youth has created a very clever and entertaining video to better teach LDS youth the importance of sexual purity and establishing personal boundaries to remain so.
"Latter-day Saint teens are counseled to stay sexually pure, but what exactly are the limits? Using teachings of modern prophets, this presentation shows why that's the wrong question to ask, as well as how we can find happiness and peace through staying chaste."
Chastity: What Are the Limits?
Please consider sharing this video with your own LDS Youth, other parents and youth leaders.
For the Strength of Youth: Sexual Purity