Elder Earl C. Tingey

Presidency of the Seventy

Young men of the Aaronic Priesthood should fix their gaze on the unchanging standards of the gospel.

"In the 'For the Strength of Youth' booklet, the following standards, among others, are like a North Star to you: Choose friends with high standards, do not disfigure your body with tattoos or body piercings, avoid pornography, do not listen to music that contains offensive language, do not use profanity, date only those who have high standards, remain sexually pure, repent as necessary. Be honest, keep the Sabbath day holy, pay tithing, keep the Word of Wisdom."

In life, like athletics, there are standards for measured behavior. There are rights and wrongs. As priesthood holders, we do not high jump without a horizontal bar.

"Unfortunately, we are seeing the removal of traditional standards of morality and behavior in today's world. The vernacular of today is 'anything goes.' The world views time-honored standards as old-fashioned or out-of-date.

"We belong to a church where adhering to standards is expected. Things that have always been wrong in the past are still wrong today. The church does not modify standards of morality by adapting to changing customs or to the mores of the societies in which we live."

"The brethren of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve are disciples who stand in holy places." They are not moved or swayed by changing times. The standards of the church are firm and true.

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