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LDS Youth Stand For Virtue

Updated on February 12, 2014
Mormon Youth Start The New Year With A Return To Virtue...
Mormon Youth Start The New Year With A Return To Virtue...

LDS Youth Commit To Stand For Virtue

In a world of ever increasing liberalism and immorality, LDS Youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made a worldwide commitment - to re-commit and invite other young people to join with them, in standing for VIRTUE!

Mormon teens gathered throughout the Church, to ring in the New Year with a re-newed determination to rise above the "things of this world" - and do the RIGHT things. The "right things" for LDS Youth include, living a life that is contrary to what most of their peers are doing. In a world that sees sexual abstinence as old fashioned, out-of-date and totally unrealistic, LDS teens feel otherwise. They are realistic. In fact, they fully understand what a difficult standard it is - to keep themselves morally clean. However, they know the reasons for this important commitment, and strive to keep this commandment to the best of their abilities. They also understand how critical it is, to join with others who have a similar desire to remain virtuous.

LDS Youth are not blind. Each day they clearly see the consequences of their peers, and even close friends on occasion who have broken the commandment to be chaste. Rarely do they see happiness in connection with immorality. They are making this connection early in life, and choosing to keep the standards of morality - by striving to live a virtuous life.

LDS Teens Stand Together To Make A Bold Commitment And Return To Virtue

To the Youth of the Church, President Thomas S. Monson gave this counsel...

"Young people, you live in tumultuous times. You have choices to make—choices with eternal consequences. But you are not left unaided in your decisions, however small or however large they may be.

Permissiveness, immorality, pornography, and the power of peer pressure cause many to be tossed about on a sea of sin and crushed on the jagged reefs of lost opportunities, forfeited blessings, and shattered dreams.

Anxiously you ask, “Is there a way to safety? Can someone guide me? Is there an escape from threatened destruction?” The answer is a resounding yes! I counsel you: Look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. It calls, “This way to safety; this way to home.”

The lighthouse of the Lord sends forth signals readily recognized and never failing. These words of warning, these safety standards, are printed in a small booklet … entitled For the Strength of Youth"

To learn more about this energetic program introduced to the youth of the LDS Church, watch this inspiring video - A Brand New Year!

LDS Youth Video - A Brand New Year

Mormon Leaders Teach The Principle Of Virtue...

Elaine S. Dalton, "A Return to Virtue," Ensign, Nov. 2008, 79

"Virtue is a prerequisite to entering the Lord's holy temples and to receiving the Spirit's guidance. Virtue 'is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards' (Preach My Gospel [2004], 118). It encompasses chastity and moral purity. Virtue begins in the heart and in the mind. It is nurtured in the home. It is the accumulation of thousands of small decisions and actions. Virtue is a word we don't hear often in today's society, but the Latin root word virtus means strength. Virtuous women and men possess a quiet dignity and inner strength. They are confident because they are worthy to receive and be guided by the Holy Ghost."

Susan W. Tanner, "My Soul Delighteth in the Things of the Lord," Ensign, May 2008, 82

"Jacob taught that the Lord delights 'in the chastity of women' (Jacob 2:28). I delight in the chastity and purity of all women and men. How it must grieve the Lord to see virtue violated and modesty mocked on every side in this wicked world. The Lord has provided for His children great joy through intimate, loving relationships, as my grandchildren were learning. I delight in the clarity of the proclamation to the world on the family which warns that 'individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God.' "

Jeffrey R. Holland - A Message To LDS Youth, "One Life is All We Have..."

One Life Is All We Have And Our Happiness Will Come In Living It The Right Way For The Right Reasons...

Too many people are living in the moment. Our youth in particular are encouraged to seek out that which will give them immediate gratification, without ever considering the consequences of their actions. Mormonism teaches that there are "right reasons" for doing the right things now, but also beyond this life - into eternity.

From the time that my own children were young, I remember teaching them that if they wanted to be happy, they would need to choose to keep the commandments of God. To Christians universally, this is not new doctrine. However, it is unfortunately being ignored and even felt as old fashioned by many good parents and teachers today. It's almost as if because the world is so wicked, we cannot expect our young people to actually live up to Christian standards. Perhaps we as parents need to rise up ourselves and exercise a bit more confidence in our young people and their ability to live by these standards.

Alongside of teaching the principles of virtue, Christian parents also teach the doctrine of repentance. God knew that none of us would be perfect in our desire to do the right thing, all of the time. How grateful I personally am, that when my own children hit a bump in the road - they also understood the great sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on their behalf, so that they might recommit themselves to keeping the commandments. For some, this was a more difficult road than for others.

As a parent, I am grateful to LDS leaders for their teachings and encouragement to our youth, as they inspire all of us to believe that living a life of virtue, is possible!



Virtue: For Such A Time As This (Esther 4:14)


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  • brightforyou profile image

    Helen Lewis 

    9 years ago from Florida

    Very interesting hub - thanks for sharing!

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    PD Laws 

    9 years ago

    Thanks. This is great and greatly needed!


  • LdsNana-AskMormon profile imageAUTHOR

    Kathryn Skaggs 

    9 years ago from Southern California

    solarcaptain -

    Let me begin, by answering your most important question, about forgiveness.

    Mormons believe that the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which enables each one of us to be forgiven and cleansed of our sins, is the cornerstone of our religion. The principle of forgiveness, is central to all of Christianity. We believe that faith in Jesus Christ, and his willingness to forgive us, is the WAY...

    We believe, that "no unclean thing" can enter into the Kingdom of God.

    We also teach, that although God will forgive us of our sins, there are consequences for sin in this life. So, if we have done something wrong - the results of that sin will still need to be experienced. For example, if I rob a store I can repent and God will forgive me. However, I will still suffer the loss of integrity, credibility and will most likely be penalized by the law.

    Just because someone repents, it does not mean that they will not suffer for their sins, to some extent. A person can repent of infidelity, but they can not take away the results of unchastity, a possible divorce, or the pain and suffering emotionally of such actions. Other people are often involved with our sins.

    I'm really pleased to hear, that you have had such positive interactions with members of the LDS Church. Please feel free to email me anytime, if I can help answer your questions about Mormonism. I will do my best to answer:-)


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    mike king 

    9 years ago from california


    I have been following the church for some time now, also have defended it when I think it is getting a bum rap.  Most people have no idea that Mormans probably embody more than any other group the ideals of Christianity.  Those that attack any other religion are least christaian like and I find that ironic and troubling sometimes.

    It's amazing to go from a state like california into Utah and see the difference just in the looks on the faces of almost everyone you meet. They are clean cut and smiling. Not all mormans are happy , of course, the state is in the lead for prescrip;tion drug abuse.  But the state of Utah also recognizes and works on dealing with the problem.

    My best friend from army days is a professor there and his wife teaches ECE.

    Would you mind telling me what the churches position is on forgiveness?

    My former church uses it as a cornerstone for its faith. But what they do and what they say are not the same. also I was in a church where the pastor was removed for some really bad behaviour. I,m really confused.

    I was in the VA hospital to fix an old knee problem from the army when I got an infection died on the table.  I was revived a week later after a coma. After two more days I wdent down again for 5 more days. I learned i could be forgiven and that if you work these things out before you die there is a special place reserved for us.

    I used to love to ski in Utah, hike and go camping. I weent with the outdoor program to run rivers and ran competitively. Now, I'm pretty crippled up and unable to get out much but I have a great attitude, trying to hook up with a group of ex-outdoor type people, and also do some volunter work when I can. Try to find some answers to some religious questions that you seem to have a of of answers about.

    My ex- got everything cause I don't believe in fighting over a divorce but I am actually content, working 8-10 hours a day on the computer.

    It is also important to me that I worship with others. It isn't enough to find the truth on your own. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

  • LdsNana-AskMormon profile imageAUTHOR

    Kathryn Skaggs 

    9 years ago from Southern California

    Hi Mighty Mom -

    I raised my own five children in Southern California. I honestly don't know what I would have done, as a parent, without these wonderful programs of the LDS Church, that were always there to help and guild them through their teens. Oh, things weren't perfect, but the youth programs of the Church, were so supportive.


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    Susan Reid 

    9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

    Hooray for Mormon youth for creating their own "peer pressure" to do the right thing. If teens see their friends doing something, they are more likely to follow (so they fit in with their peers). How wonderful to know there are kids out there with this kind of spiritual foundation who are banding together.

    I live in California and the environment in which my son grew up was (and is) anything but pure or virtuous. There seems to be no moral center here. I had occasion to visit Utah a couple of years ago and noticed immediately how different the teens looked there. It's like the evils of the world had not penetrated their lives. It was refreshing to see.

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    9 years ago from australia

  • LdsNana-AskMormon profile imageAUTHOR

    Kathryn Skaggs 

    9 years ago from Southern California

    Hi Amy -

    It really does seem like the "right thing", doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by:-)


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    Amy Boyack 

    9 years ago from Idaho

    It's nice to have the youth of our world participating in uplifting events and standing for what's right. Thank you for sharing this.


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