Sunday, July 25, 2010

Law of Chastity Question Box

This afternoon in Elders Quorum our bishop announced that next week they were going to be talking about the law of chastity and how and when couples can approach and begin talking about it while dating so that there is no confusion before marriage. They said they'd be addressing pornography, and infidelity and other issues as well. Then they said that after that they would be open the meeting up to questions that anyone might have about the law of chastity. To make things less awkward they passed around papers and a box this week that people could submit their question into if they were not comfortable asking these questions next week.

My initial reaction was that I was going to do as my brother had told me he did when a law of chastity box came around in his ward. He and some friends decided to ask very strange and unorthodox questions just for fun, like "Are kissing orgies okay?" or "Is masturbation okay after marriage?" They thought that their bishopric would dismiss them as a joke and move on to real questions. Instead they tried to answer these awkward questions to the delight of my brother and his friends.

After thinking about that for a bit I realized that instead I wanted to be serious and get the ward and others thinking about the issues pertaining to homosexual. So here are the questions I actually asked.

  • If homosexual marriage were legal and a gay couple waited till marriage to have sex is it still against the law of chastity?
  • Are the dating standards for straight couples (i.e. kissing, cuddling, holding hands etc.) also acceptable for homosexual couples?
  • How can homosexuals reconcile with the idea of Eternal Temple Marriage?
I don't know if any of these questions will be addressed by our bishopric next week, I'll let you all know if they are and how it goes, but if anything it will bring an awareness to my bishopric of the ideas that I and perhaps others in my ward are trying to come to terms with. We'll see how it all goes.


  1. I'm interested to know how this goes. Take good notes.

  2. Very interesting, when I read this the first thought that came to my mind was... what are we in elementary school here? But then i took a mental step back and realized that it's probably a good way for Mormons to ask the questions they have that would never get asked out loud.

    Please do update on your questions.