Dating love marriage and sex in the church
Sexuality has a prominent role within the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which teaches that gender is defined in the premortal existence, and that part of the purpose of mortal life is for men and women to be sealed together, forming bonds that allow them to progress eternally together in the afterlife.
It also teaches that sexual relations within the framework of opposite-sex marriage is healthy, necessary, and ordained of God.
refraining from any kind of sexual activity, and refraining from viewing, reading, or listening to pornographic material." Sociological research into pornography and LDS individuals has included one BYU study that showed of 192 male BYU students ages 18–27, 100% of the sample considered viewing pornography "unacceptable".
However, 35% reported having used pornography in the past 12 months, with 9.2% of the entire sample reporting viewing pornography at least once in the last month.
The current church stance is that "decisions about birth control and the consequences of those decisions rest solely with each married couple" and that they should consider "the physical and mental health of the mother and father and their capacity to provide the basic necessities of life for their children" when planning a family.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches its members to obey what it calls the law of chastity, which is a code of morality and modesty.Under this code, all members are taught to be "morally clean in their thoughts, words, and actions" and to abstain from pornography.In contrast with some orthodox Christian movements, sexuality in the Church's theology is neither a product of original sin nor a "necessary evil".In accordance with the law of chastity, LDS Church doctrine bars sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage.