What exactly is a sexual transgression?
July 2013

“What exactly is a sexual transgression?” New Era, July 2013, 27

What exactly is a sexual transgression?

All sexual relations outside of marriage violate the law of chastity. This includes intercourse; touching the private, sacred parts of another person’s body, with or without clothing; arousing sexual feelings in others or yourself for the purpose of gratification; viewing or sending pornography; reading pornographic literature; deliberately dwelling on sexual thoughts; and talking or texting about sex in an explicit manner with the intent of arousing sexual feelings. (See For the Strength of Youth [2011], 35–37.)

That being said, you probably already have a good idea of what is and isn’t a sexual transgression. You simply need to commit to stay pure. As President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) said, “There is a line which you must not cross. It is the line that separates personal cleanliness from sin. I need not get clinical in telling you where that line is. You know. You have been told again and again. You have a conscience within you. Stay on the Lord’s side of the line” (“‘Be Ye Clean,’” Ensign, May 1996, 48). Staying on the Lord’s side of the line is worth it because of the blessings it brings (see Elder David A. Bednar, “We Believe in Being Chaste,” Ensign, May 2013, 41–44, or lds.org/go/73Chaste).