From over the wooden pulpit at many Mormon congregations and conferences, church leaders have spoken often about sex — and almost exclusively about chastity. Why not a little freedom? I can transgress now and repent later. You run the terrible risk of such spiritual, psychic damage that you may undermine both your longing for physical intimacy and your ability to give wholehearted devotion to a later, truer love.
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Lauren Jackson, special to CNN. CNN Benjamin Brown is a glasses-wearing lawyer who flavors his language with words like "heck" and "gosh. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More than , Mormons have used Mutual, a dating app for the faithful. Mormon doctrine holds that intrafaith marriage -- a union to another Mormon inside the church's temples -- is essential for salvation in the highest level of heaven. Brown, 31, said he "often went on multiple dates a day" while a student at Brigham Young University.
Sexuality and Mormonism
There are several others in the area, but this one is unique: If you were to look across the general spectrum of single adults, the trend in America is not to even marry at all but to cohabitate. That is not a trend in the Mormon Church.
Times have changed, and that is a good thing—especially the fading-away of cruel taboos that once stigmatized women who engaged in premarital sex or bore children out of wedlock. Thing is, times change for a reason. The values question assumes that sexual mores loosen naturally from conservative to liberal.