Talks & Articles

In the News/Journal Articles

CNN, July 30, 2011
Just as gamblers and cocaine users can become compulsive, needing to gamble or snort more to get the same dopamine boost, so can men consuming pornography become hooked.

"Pornographic Ethics,"
The Harvard Crimson, March 2011
We must not shy away from candid discussion on pornography.

"Pornography Addiction: A Neuroscience Perspective"
Donald Hilton & Clark Watts, Surgical Neurology International
Don't believe porn has the same affect on the brain as illegal drugs? Read what a neurosurgeon has to say in an international journal. (If the link doesn't work, you can visit the Surgical Neurology International website and download the article for free.)

"Pornography: 'Not a victimless act'"
Church News, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, May 2011
The consumption of pornography "breaks hearts," said Mark H. Wiles, president and CEO of Deseret of Management Corporation.

"Senate Subcommittee Hears Experts on Pornography Toxicity,"
Dr. Judith Reisman, December 2004
Mental health professionals say porn not only affects the mind and behavior, it alters brain chemistry.

Soft Articles

Natasha Helfer Parker, Patheos, February 2012
A woman writes in about her D-day and the confusion and panic attacks that follow. Parker, an licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, sex therapist, and member of the LDS church, answers her queries.

LDS Talks and Articles

"A Report and a Challenge"
Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, November 1976
... "Members of the Church everywhere are urged to not only resist the widespread plague of pornography, but as citizens to become actively and relentlessly engaged in the fight against this insidious enemy of humanity around the world." ...

"A Tragic Evil Among Us"
Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, November 2004
[Pornography] is like a raging storm, destroying individuals and families, utterly ruining what was once wholesome and beautiful.

"Be Not Deceived"
Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, October 1983
..." There is an ever-growing plague of pornography swirling about us. The producers and purveyors of smut are assiduously working a mine that yields many millions in profit.... There is so much of the good and the beautiful and the uplifting in literature and art and life itself that there should be no time for any man ... to patronize, to watch, to buy that which only 'carefully leads him down to hell.'"

"Being Clean Again"
Ensign, September 1996
I learned that I could overcome my weakness. When my wife and I left the bishop's office that evening, I felt as though I was freer than I had ever been in my whole life.

"Blessed Are All the Pure in Heart"
L. Whitney Clayton, Ensign, November 2007
May God bless our genuine efforts to be pure of heart and mind, that "virtue [may] garnish [our] thoughts unceasingly."

"Breaking the Chains of Pornography"
Ensign, February 2001
A husband and wife share how his addiction to pornography shook the foundation of their marriage--and how they turned to the Lord for help.

"Bring Your Mission Home With You!"
Elder L. Edward Brown, Ensign, December 2000, 14-19
A returned missionary is a prime target for Satan, and the media, improperly used, are some of his most effective weapons of desensitization.

Mario Hipol, Ensign, August 2005, 54-57
You don't have to be a computer expert to help protect your family while they're on the Web.

Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 2000, 50-53
Our youth find tempting stuff all about them. They need the help of their parents in resisting it. They need a tremendous amount of self-control.

"I Desperately Wanted to Stop"
Name Withheld, Ensign, June 2011
How one man is overcoming his addiction to pornography.

"I Have a Question"
William C. Porter, Ensign, March 2001, 58-59
How can our family take advantage of what is available on the Internet while avoiding objectionable material and people of questionable character?

"Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Someday Marry"
Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1998
Make yourself worthy of the loveliest girl in all the world. Keep yourself worthy through all the days of your life.

New Era, June 2001, 10-15
How's your media diet--healthy or harmful? Here are some tips for becoming a wise consumer.

M. Russell Ballard, October 2010 
There is hope for the addicted, and this hope comes through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Overcoming Addiction through the Atonement"
Benjamin R. Erwin, Ensign, September 2012
The children of Israel did not have to focus on the serpents or the pain of their venomous bites or their fear of death in order to be healed. They simply had to look to the source of healing: their Savior, Jesus Christ.

"Pollution of the Mind"
Robert L. Simpson, Ensign, January 1973

Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 2005
Let us all improve our personal behavior and redouble our efforts to protect our loved ones and our environment from the onslaught of pornography.

"Pornography--The Deadly Carrier"
Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, November 2001
First Presidency Message

"Q&A: Questions and Answers"
Ensign, August 2005
Pornography is ruining my life. But every time I try to quit looking at it, I fall again. What can I do?

"Tangled in the Web"
Ensign, August 2001, 48-51
I can clearly see how anyone can gradually go from harmless Internet use to addiction, choosing to ignore warning signs or better judgment.

"The Enemy Within"
James E. Faust, New Era, March 2003
To be a winner in life, you must gain victory over self.

"True to the Faith"
Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, September 1996
This address was originally given to college-age young adults at the Salt Lake Valley-wide institute of religion fireside on Sunday, 21 January 1996, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. It was later published in the Ensign due to its broad application to all members of the Church.

"When Shall These Things Be?"
M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, December 1996
These are the last days. As foretold by God's holy prophets since the world began, they are challenging times, and they are going to become even more challenging.

"You Can't Pet a Rattlesnake"
David E. Sorensen, Ensign, July 2001
Pornography, though billed by Satan as entertainment, is a deeply poisonous, deceptive snake that lies coiled up in magazines, the Internet, and the television.

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