Sister Linda S. Reeves: ‘Protection from pornography — a Christ-centered home’

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Sister Linda S. Reeves began her talk Saturday morning by acknowledging the presence of 13 of her grandchildren in the congregation. “This has caused me to ask, ‘What do I want my grandchildren to know?’ This morning I would like to talk frankly to my family and to yours,” she said.

Sister Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, focused her remarks on the destruction pornography is causing in the lives of Church members and their families, noting that Satan is attacking with unprecedented fury.

“One reason we are here on earth is to learn to manage the passions and feelings of our mortal bodies,” she explained. The intimate marriage relationship is meant to be a beautiful, loving experience that brings a fullness of joy and happiness as husbands and wives learn to put each other first.

She counseled leaders and parents to talk with youth about the dangers of pornography and “how it overtakes lives, causing loss of the Spirit, distorted feelings, deceit, damaged relationships, loss of self-control, and nearly total consumption of time, thought and energy.”

As parents counsel with their children, they can create a family plan with standards and boundaries, using filters and settings on electronic devices to protect their homes. “Parents, are we aware that mobile devices with Internet capacity, not computers, are the biggest culprit?” she asked.

To those who have become entrapped by pornography, Sister Reeves said, “Remember how merciful our beloved Savior is. … Our Savior has the power to cleanse and heal you. He can remove the pain and sorrow you feel and make you clean again through the power of His Atonement.”

Sister Reeves said the greatest filter is the personal internal filter that comes from an abiding testimony of Heavenly Father’s love and the Savior’s atoning sacrifice.

In answering how parents can help lead their children to deep conversion in the Savior’s Atonement, Sister Reeves testified of the blessings that come from daily scripture study, prayer and family home evening. “These are the practices that help take away stress, give direction to our lives, and add protection to our homes,” she said.

Sister Reeves concluded, “What do I want my grandchildren to know? I want them and you to know that the Savior lives and loves us."

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