Masturbation should be strictly banned because it can turn young people into homosexuals and criminals, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes, according to a leaked guidebook issued to members. The guidebook, released this week by the transparency group MormonLeaks, provides some insights into what many young Mormons have been taught about sexual development and homosexuality over the years. The Mormon church believes homosexuality is "of grave concern" because it may involve violent or criminal behavior and is as sinful as heterosexual adultery and fornication, the guidebook says. The book also claims that homosexuality is a learned behavior influenced by unhealthy development in early childhood, and says that absentee fathers and dominant mothers are among the main culprits for these developmental problems leading to homosexuality.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and masturbation
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I am 29 and have my endowments, but I also masturbate. I feel guilty about it. But is it? I am a single LDS woman, age 31, hoping to get endowed soon. The problem is, I have had issues with. I started experimenting [with masturbation] at a fairly young age and continued until about a year ago. I have felt terrible about myself and too humiliated to talk to my bishop about the problem.
How to Talk to Your Kids About This Sensitive Chastity Topic
No one at Central Middle School wanted to be my friend. Once, a kid with breath so bad I swear he had a gum disease told the teacher he didn't want to sit by me because I was gross, and she honored his request. I was in the Plymouth 2nd Ward, and in the Plymouth 2nd Ward, people were nice to me. Tyler Petersen, the hottest guy from another middle school, whose voice had gone deeper faster than anyone at Central Middle School, and who wore soccer jerseys and always smelled like boy, knew my name and sat by me and passed notes with me during movies about eternal families. Ashley Seeley, who wore winged eyeliner and had won a statewide dance competition and knew how to do French braids so tiny you could barely see them, had pictures of me in frames in her room!
Despite masturbation being a perfectly healthy and harmless habit, most Mormon teens especially boys deal with intense shame and guilt that lasts well into adulthood because of what they are taught about it. My mission was delayed by a few months because I admitted to my bishop that I masturbated occasionally. I felt like dying.