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Always there is absolute horror
At the taking of a life
But giving is another matter
As then, dirty jokes some like


‘… in the significance and sanctity of giving life, some of us are not so responsible, and in the larger world swirling around us we find near criminal irresponsibility. What would in the case of taking life bring absolute horror and demand grim justice, in the case of giving life brings dirty jokes and four-letter lyrics and crass carnality on the silver screen, home-owned or downtown.’  Of Souls, Sermons, and Sacraments  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
BYU 1989 


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She eats of a stranger
And wipes at her mouth
Saying there is no danger
She smiles to pout

Well, it was not murder
Just second to it!
If she’d seen just further
She’d never do this

Selling herself
She becomes much less
Property, flesh
When lives she could bless

‘Is such moral turpitude so wrong? That question has always been asked, usually by the guilty. “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness” (Proverbs 30:20). No murder here. Well, maybe not. But sexual transgression? “He that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.” Sounds near fatal to me.’ Of Souls, Sermons, and Sacrament  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  BYU 1989

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The light we carry
Is a gift of love
A hug for sharing
What comes from above

Sex is an intimate topic
Deserving of respect
For, in truth, it is sacred
A gift from God to protect

The refinement of life
Designed to polish man’s composure
Has taken us further from light
And purity, rather than much closer

Why be morally clean?
What does this doctrine mean?
Our bodies have been bought by Christ
Shall we desecrate that high price?

For we will be washed in His blood
To be judged and resurrect
Need it be a river in flood?
Who will feel the pain, to perfect?

Oh the joy of the man and wife
Who join together, clean
Who prepare for eternal life
And all that this will mean

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Intimacy is to be Intimate

Your future is to be seized
Or others will get there first
Our efforts must be increased
For what we hunger and thirst

Promiscuity has its Price

The more we pass ourselves around
The more chance we’ll pick something up
A baby called forth, earthward bound
Or one of the diseases we’re warned of


We live in a time abounding in pleasure
Self-gratification, and leisure
Before your eyes, what would you like to see?
Be aware some will destroy intimacy!

Picture passion vividly
Out of control and in flames
To your spirit, it’s deadly
One of many dangerous games

Proverbs 6: 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?…32 But whoso committeth aadultery with a woman lackethbunderstanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

Can a man take fire in his bosom
And find his clothes remain?
Should a man dishonor a woman
He will find his soul in pain

You know to not play with fire,
Or guns, or things that can kill
But know, if unchecked, desire
Is second to murder, still

Intimacy is your right
Within the bounds God has set
In marriage it is a delight
Outside, a path of regret

The Soul

The soul: the spirit and body
Is the mortal prize of birth
To do what is cheap and tawdry
Is to waste our time on earth

To toy with the keys of life and flesh
And desire the body of another
Is to crucify the Lord afresh
Who by His blood, bought us as our brother

Christ restored the very seeds
For resurrection and life eternal
To abuse our bodied with sinful deeds
Is to desecrate them at our peril

Why Should We Be Clean?
So, why should we be clean?

a work in progress…

Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments
Elder Holland BYU devotional

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