As a car pulls to a stop in the front driveway, she swiftly gathers up her purse and flies down the stairs to greet her visitor. Her husband, Jim, comes over to shake the visitor’s hand. ” “There is no one I can think of whom I would rather see her with, besides myself of course.” Jim chuckles, “Try not to be out too late sweetheart and enjoy your evening!Brother Gordon sits quietly on the couch, reading the evening news when the expectant knock comes. ” and with a parting kiss, Jim waves goodbye as his wife and Brother Jones go out, hand in hand, for an entertaining evening.If this scene were to be reenacted in real life, it would certainly raise some eyebrows and gasps. Whether or not a man or woman are friends, strangers or co-laborers, if the individual is married it is generally understood in the Church that “going out” with someone else, someone other than his or her spouse, is unthinkable.This discussion begs the following question: if it is considered wrong for a married individual to date other friends, (though they are not “in love”, have years of world experience and know the clear expectations and boundaries for their interaction) why is it considered normal for single young men and women? To start out, current teachings about the Law of Chastity, with its many appendage counsels, seem very much to be designed with straight people in mind. This is the first in a two-part series on the Law of Chastity - specifically, what is okay and what is not within both official Mormon doctrine and unofficial (yet still very influential) Mormon culture.
This is my question, and maybe you’ve heard from others in my position and could help to advise me. I have put it off because growing up I always understood it as something you do when you go on a mission or get married so I felt I was a failure if I wasn’t going to be married.But the desire hasn’t gone away and the thoughts haven’t gone away.I didn’t really expect them to, but I have continued to postpone the endowment process because of the interview and feelings that I am unworthy. I am afraid to get the interview and tell the truth about my history and my desires for fear of what might be said or done and I am afraid to get the interview and lie about the above for fear of eternal repercussions, obviously. I don’t want to miss out on the blessings of the Temple because of something like this.I have gotten over that nonsense and have bought my own house and done a lot of “grown up” things I had put a hold on because I wasn’t married.So, all of my life I have been interested in and curious about sexuality.