The Holy Ghost Can Handle It
I recently viewed the new lds.org video aimed at children and youth regarding what to do if they encounter pornography. By and large, I was very impressed, especially with how it normalized the feelings of attraction and curiosity around pornography and sexual content in media. The reminder that God still loves them and they can talk to their parents about what they saw is a major step in the right direction in removing shame from this topic in our LDS culture.
There was one point in the video where a young child explained that “these videos give you a bad feeling because they offend the Holy Ghost.” I grew up with similar suggestions–the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight, the Holy Ghost leaves when we are in bad places, the Holy Ghost will leave if there is a bad scene in a movie, etc.
At some point you wonder what kind of constant friend, comforter and helper withdraws every time things get difficult.
If there is one thing I could tell that little boy it would be:
No, it doesn’t offend the Holy Ghost.
No, the Holy Ghost isn’t going to leave you because you saw pornography.
No, the Holy Ghost isn’t going to make you feel bad for what happened, whether it was intentional or accidental.
The Holy Ghost can handle it.
The Holy Ghost will help you know what to do next.
The Holy Ghost will help you to know of your worth.
The Holy Ghost will help you to feel peace.
The Holy Ghost left the house wearing its big kid panties this morning.