Hello! This is the Sexual Purity segment’s starting post. If you are new or would like a reminder of how everything is run with FTSOA, click here for a post on how it all works.
For those reading this post, I recommend that you read to the end because I’ve written all the last paragraphs specifically for this segment.
- First off, this morning I said to ask yourself “How have I been blessed by living this standard?” If you, like me, didn’t have time to, I suggest you do it now.
- For those who don’t have their own copy of For the Strength of Youth, you can read the section on Sexual Purity by clicking here.
- The daily reminders, as well as new posts, will be posted on the website ForTheStrengthOfAll.com if you wish to view them online instead of in your inbox.
- You will be able to find previous reminders here.
There are two commitments, one broad commitment that you make now and one that will be sent to you every day that is a bit more specific. Here is the broad commitment:
I, ____________________, have read the For the Strength of Youth section on Sexual Purity and commit to living the standards mentioned there today and every day until November 15, 2015.
It is very important to read the topic’s For the Strength of Youth section before committing to the program. There is also a second commitment that is based on last paragraph of the section on Sexual Purity:
I, ____________________, commit to be sexually pure. By my words and my actions, I will encourage others to do the same.
It is this 2nd commitment that will be sent every day. To help with the commitment, you may want to leave a note for yourself somewhere, perhaps a sticky note on your desk or a digital reminder on your phone, wherever you think that it would most help you keep your commitment to Service. There will also be an optional second post sent out at 3:00 p.m. ET each day which, if you read it, can help remind you to look back over your day to see how well you are keeping your commitment.
This segment is going to be a bit different from most of the others. For those who remember the dating segment, it is going to be a bit like that. Instead of 7 commitments that repeat every week, there are 21 quotes from For the Strength of Youth, one for each day. Most, if not all, will have a commitment with them. Most, if not all, of these commitments should not end with the end of the three-week segment. These are standards the we must abide by throughout our lives if they are to mean anything.
To start off the segment I would like to bring to mind a commandment found in Doctrine and Covenants 121:45:
“Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts Unceasingly”
The difference between happiness and misery is almost entirely controlled by your thoughts. Specifically, when your mind is in the gutter and you are constantly thinking immoral thoughts, you will be miserable. And when your mind is filled with virtue, always looking towards God, you will be happy. That is a promise. It comes from God. So throughout this segment, strive to let “virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly.” Some of the other segments have tipped on various aspects of this; in the Language segment we sought to banish thoughts that put others down; in the Entertainment and Media segment we separated ourselves from any entertainment that drove the spirit away; in the Music and Dancing segment we learned the hymns so that we could think on them continually; and in the Repentance segment we strived to always, at all times, and in all places, remember Christ our Lord. This is yet another segment which, if you can control your thoughts, you’re already most of the way there. As the saying goes, watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
By our thoughts, we can determine our destiny. Let’s make sure that destiny is Eternal Life.