Last night I finished listening to Dr. Jill Manning's new talk on CD "Let's Talk About the Elephant in the Room: How LDS Women Can Protect Families from Pornography". It comes with a bonus DVD of her presentation on the same subject during a recent Time Out for Women event. I highly recommend both - for everyone who would like to protect families, and especially for those who don't see pornography as that much of a problem. ... yikes!
She refers to the scripture in 1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking who he may devour:" - a moving visual image if you take the time to envision a lion prowling about - seeking a victim. She then introduces the analogy of a maternal herd of elephants protecting their young from the threat of this able killer. A veritable wilderness Relief Society. Using that analogy, she educates us not only about the very real, and horrifying dangers of pornography, but empowers us about what we can do to protect our families from its death-grip.
Highly credible in her field as a family therapist - specializing in the treatment of pornography addiction, Dr. Manning tells us that internet pornography has become the primary source of sex education of our youth. That's a disturbing revelation - him teaching us all about our bodies - he who has no body. She calls it Satan's sex-ed. Those who subscribe to his tutoring are plugged directly into a teacher who:
1. has no body
2. is incapable of a long term relationship
3. is the father of ALL lies (so why would we be surprised to find out that he is lying - grossly distorting the truth about the one thing he wants more than anything else - but will never have)
4. and is absolutely BENT on distruction.
In true Satanic style, the pornographic industry has hyjacked the world "censorship" - while crying out against censorship that stands for decency and responsibility, it blatantly 'censors' the consequences of the behavior it depicts, as well as the joys of life and marriage, and the beauty and power and light of women.
It is the strength of women that she appeals to in this great war we are all involved in - literally for the souls of our children, and all that is good and decent. She bears fervent testimony and raises a standard - not unlike Captain Moroni's as she empowers women to this cause. She references countless resources that are available to help us help our children - not the least of which is the church's new website on combatting pornography.
Every responsible adult in the church needs to listen to this talk. Relief Society Presidents should share it with their sisters. We have the next best thing to having Dr. Manning come in as a guest speaker in our own wards, even into our own homes, our own cars. Who wouldn't want to take advantage of such a tremendous resource?