LDS Church releases video about overcoming pornography addictions

Recommended by Megan Christensen, Deseret News

Published: Wed, Aug. 27, 2014, 2:50 p.m. MDT

Overcoming Pornography Addiction: The Healing Power of Jesus Christ

In a YouTube video released Aug. 20 by the Mormon Channel, Sister Linda S. Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, warns against the dangers of pornography.

"Pornography today is a plague like we have never seen," Reeves says in the video, drawing information from her most recent general conference address, "Protection from Pornography." "It's breaking apart families, it's destroying lives, it distorts our sense of who people are and what true love is."

In addition to Reeves' remarks, an LDS couple who experienced the effects of a pornography addiction in their home discusses the pain they experienced.

Both Reeves and the couple also address the possibility of healing, repentance and forgiveness after one succumbs to a pornography addiction.

"We need to know and have faith that the Savior knows us and our very situation, and he knows how to heal us and heal those around us," Reeves said. "(Our Father in Heaven) knew about pornography and that this would be the plague of our day, and so he has provided an escape."

The LDS Church provides a website called Overcoming Pornography for those who need help combating this addiction.

The video has received more than 81,000 views.

Megan Marsden Christensen writes for the Faith and Family sections. She recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelor's degree in communications.

1. brainoncapitalist
Orem, UT,
Aug. 27, 2014

I have struggled with a pornography/sex/lust addiction for over 25 years. Over the years I tried everything from praying more, reading the scriptures more, reading self-help books, going to therapists, along with numerous confessions to my local bishop. Nothing helped me for very long. I didn't realize at the time that I was doing what is known as 'white-knuckling' and that that method usually never works for very long. Understandably (at least in my mind), I had given up and it wasn't until I found the Church's ARP program that I started to experience real recovery. I now have 270 days of true sobriety and I understand how to access the atonement in my life. I have no doubts that if I strive to daily practice the principles I've learned from this program, and turn my life completely over to the Lord, that I will continue to experience the peace and joy of being free from this addiction. The Lord's yoke truly is easy and His burden is light!

2. Kelliebelle66
West Jordan, UT,
Aug. 27, 2014

I had a teenage son watch this video. I wanted him to see what might not seem destructive to him as a teenager really is destructive and how it can effect one's life in a serious way. It can destroy the family. The people telling their story were extremely brave in doing so. My husband and I have worked really hard to teach our children not to view things on the internet and we had protected all of our computers as well. One thing we forgot, the cell phone. Luckily the lines of communication between us and our children are open and our son came to us about this issue. People don't realize, especially kids, how things can turn into a serious addiction regardless of one's religious beliefs and it can have an effect on a person's ability to have normal sexual relationships. Thankfully, as this video depicts, we have the atonement and healing power of the savior to overcome these addictions and problems. When I was a kid things that were not easily available are a keystroke away and anybody can see them. Parents, be vigilant and talk to your kids.

3. Hamath
Omaha, NE,
Aug. 27, 2014

@ Brain, You go! Great job!

4. jeanie
orem, UT,
Aug. 27, 2014

Thank you, thank you to this couple for bravely sharing their story.

If, in spite of vigilant parenting and open communication, your child should stumble into porn addiction, do not blame yourself. Get help. Hang in there. It's a tough ride, but like the video says - there is hope and healing.

Brainoncapitalist, fantastic!

5. JWB
Kaysville, UT,
Aug. 27, 2014

The sad thing is people don't have to go looking for these insidious things, they come to them when filters don't work and the deceitful people that lure innocent people into their lairs. Entrapment is easy when children get involved at their neighbors or friends house when parents are cautious or are cautious but know about all the traps and lures out there. Television and the Internet but some of the social media trap also. All these forms of media can bring the light and knowledge to the world but in a wink can bring misery and despair for years to come. Having worked with the substance and abuse and anti-violence groups in the state for almost 10 years, drugs and pornography cause similar problems but can also feed one another and lead to violence in and away from the home.

The Church is responding in so many good ways to help people come out of addiction but the prevention is and has been talked about in conference for many years. The April conference by the Relief Society Counselor was a light to the world and church members. Pornography is not gender specific.