It seems like every LDS General Conference the Apostles make sure to include one talk that is a big huge lecture about the dangers of pornography. We all know that the General Conference pornography chat is coming and it’s just a question of who gives it. What’s interesting is the timing of when the Apostles started to do the General Conference porn chat and what it says about where America is heading culturally.
The General Conference porn chat didn’t start until 2004. Before 04 the Apostles would mention porn in passing along with other vices like drinking alcohol or gambling. What was starting to come along in 04? Well 04 was when everybody was getting high speed internet installed in their homes and file sharing services were getting effective enough to handle larger downloads, making it possible to download large doses of internet pr0n. So the Apostles certainly saw the danger of putting free internet porn on every computer in the world.
However one of the interesting things about General Conference is the Apostles talk about coming problems. When you go back and read General Conference talks from 10-15 years ago, they usually deal with what we are going through now. So when the Apostles started giving the General Conference porn chat in 2004 they were looking ahead to things that would be going on 5 to 15 years down the road.
What’s gone on in the last 15 years that’s made LDS General Conference porn chats so important? Now the videos are in full HD which makes them even more enticing. Now there are massive sites where everything is available to download for free. Internet download speeds now are fast enough where people can download an unlimited amount in a very short time. And now there is virtual reality porn which people, who’ve seen it says is 100x more enticing than the stuff that already is out.
And even worse things are on the horizon. Sex bots are in development that are linking to a virtual reality machine where men and women will be able to believe that they are having sex with whoever they desire. From the damage that we’ve seen with just HD porn we can easily conclude that when sex bot technology is mixed with VR porn we will have 10’s (100’s?) of millions of people who do nothing besides hook themselves up to their VR sex machines and waste their lives away having fake sex to their sexual fantasies. The consequences for our society are going to be incredibly destructive.
President Joseph B. Wirthlin said:
The plague of pornography is swirling about us as never before. Pornography brings a vicious wake of immorality, broken homes, and broken lives. Pornography will sap spiritual strength to endure. Pornography is much like quicksand. You can become so easily trapped and overcome as soon as you step into it that you do not realize the severe danger.
The consequences for young men and women from consuming pr0n have been massive. Consuming porn is literally ruining men’s and women’s abilities to form real relationships and making men and women miserable. Even worse men and women are starting to identify their porn addiction as a form of sexual identity. Yes, you read that right. The General Conference porn chat was built to keep men and women from becoming “pornosexuals.”
President Richard G. Scott said this:
Satan has become a master at using the addictive power of pornography to limit individual capacity to be led by the Spirit. The onslaught of pornography in all of its vicious, corroding, destructive forms has caused great grief, suffering, heartache, and destroyed marriages. It is one of the most damning influences on earth. Whether it be through the printed page, movies, television, obscene lyrics, vulgarities on the telephone, or flickering personal computer screen, pornography is overpoweringly addictive and severely damaging. This potent tool of Lucifer degrades the mind and the heart and the soul of any who use it. All who are caught in its seductive, tantalizing web and remain so will become addicted to its immoral, destructive influence.
When the Apostles were giving us the General Conference porn chat, they weren’t just telling us about a major problem that members were already suffering but they were also telling us that even worse things were on the way.
Pornography– Dallin H. Oaks
He Heals the Heavy Laden – Dallin H. Oaks
Rise Up, O Men of God – Gordon B. Hinckley
Blessed Are All the Pure in Heart – L. Whitney Clayton
A Tragic Evil among Us – Gordon B. Hinckley
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