GPC39: The Law of Chastity, Gospel Principles Comments and Resources

Gospel Principles
Unit 8: Family Salvation
Chapter 39: The Law of Chastity
Comments and Resources

"How glorious is he who lives the chaste life.  He walks unfearful in the full glare of the noonday sun, for he is without moral infirmity.  He can be reached by no shafts of base calumny, for his armor is with out flaw.  His virtue cannot be challenged by any just accuser, for he lives above reproach.  His cheek is never blotched with shame, for he is with out hidden sin.  He is honored and respected by all mankind, for he is beyond their censure.  He is loved by the Lord, for he stands without blemish.  The exaltations of eternities await his coming." (Heber J. Grant, J. Reuben Clark, David O. McKay,  "The Message of the First Presidency to the Church" Improvement Era, Nov. 1942, p. 759.)

During the study of this topic, we will learn what the law of chastity is and what blessings the Lord has promised those who obey it.

Resources:
Gospel Principles: chapter 39.

Scriptures:

Jacob 2:28  "For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women.  And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts."

Alma 39:3-11
  "3 And this is not all, my son.  Thou didst do that which was grievous unto me; for thou didst forsake the ministry, and did go over into the land of Siron among the borders of the Lamanites, after the harlot Isabel.
  4 Yea, she did steal away the hearts of many; but this was no excuse for thee, my son.  Thou shouldst have tended to the ministry wherewith thou wast entrusted.
  5 Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost?
  6 For behold, if ye deny the Holy Ghost when it once has had place in you, and ye know that ye deny it, behold, this is a sin which is unpardonable; yea, and whosoever murdereth against the light and knowledge of God, it is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness; yea, I say unto you, my son, that it is not easy for him to obtain a forgiveness.
  7 And now, my son, I would to God that ye had not been guilty of so great a crime.  I would not dwell upon your crimes, to harrow up your soul, if it were not for your good.
  8 But behold, ye cannot hide your crimes from God; and except ye repent they will stand as a testimony against you at the last day.
  9 Now my son, I would that ye should repent and forsake your sins, and go no more after the lusts of your eyes, but cross yourself in all these things; for except ye do this ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.  Oh, remember, and take it upon you, and cross yourself in these things.
  10 And I command you to take it upon you to counsel with your elder brothers in your undertakings; for behold, thou art in thy youth, and ye stand in need to be nourished by your brothers.  And give heed to their counsel.
  11 Suffer not yourself to be led away by any vain or foolish thing; suffer not the devil to lead away your heart again after those wicked harlots.  Behold, O my son, how great iniquity ye brought upon the Zoramites; for when they saw your conduct they would not believe in my words."

D&C 42:22-26
  "22 Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else.
  23 And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out.
  24 Thou shalt not commit adultery; and he that committeth adultery, and repenteth not, shall be cast out.
  25 But he that has committed adultery and repents with all his heart, and forsaketh it, and doeth it no more, thou shalt forgive;
  26 But if he doeth it again, he shall not be forgiven, but shall be cast out."

Genesis 39:1-12
  "1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
  2 And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
  3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
  4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
  5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
  6 And he left all that he had in Joseph s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat.  And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
  7 ¶ And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 
  8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
  9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
  10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
  11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
  12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out."

Leviticus 18:22-24
  "22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
  23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
  24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:"

Matthew 5:27-28
  "27 ¶ Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
  28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

Galatians 5:16-19
  "16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the fresh. 
  17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
  18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,"

Articles of Faith 1:13  "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things.  If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

Topical Guide:
                            Adulterer, Adultery
                            Chastity, chaste
                            Clean
                            Excommunication
                            Fornication
                            Homosexuality
                            Lust
                            Modesty
                            Purity, Pure
                            Sensuality
                            Sexual Immorality
                            Virtue, Virtuous
                            Whoredom

Bible Dictionary:
                                Adultery

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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