Relief Society Lesson 17: The Law of Chastity
I’m going to ask for reader input on this one. We get a lot of google traffic from teachers looking for “Relief Society Lesson Helps.” And I’m guessing that this lesson will bring more seekers than usual, because (well) it’s not always an easy topic to talk about with our peers in a church setting.
Here are the section headings for the quotes by Kimball:
- The law of chastity prohibits all sexual relations outside marriage.
- Love is wholesome and selfless, but lust is corrupt and selfish.
- We must shun pornography and other forms of immorality.
- Parents and leaders should safeguard children and youth against immoral influences.
And here are a few of the questions the lesson suggests:
- What would you say to someone who claims that chastity is old-fashioned? What are some of the consequences of disregarding the law of chastity? What are some of the blessings of obeying it?
- How should our understanding of love influence our thoughts and actions?
- Why should parents and leaders begin teaching the law of chastity early in a child’s life? What can parents and leaders do to help youth stay true to the Church and its standards?
- How are modesty and chastity related?
- How can we help youth understand the need for modesty in all aspects of their lives?
What question would you ask if you were teaching this lesson? What direction would you want to take the discussion? What scriptures would you share or discuss? What would be your hopes for such a lesson? The challenge of this topic is to help the class leave feeling edified or enlightened instead of “heavy.” I think we all know the potential pitfalls for this lesson — so let’s focus on constructive possibilities!
How’s that for a Thursday challenge.