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Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments by Jeffrey R. Holland

I was motivated to find and re-read this BYU devotional address because of the principles drawn from it by Amy Petersen Jensen and presented in her BYU devotional address on March 20, 2012, which was published in BYU Magazine, Fall, 2012. Jensen stated that mass communication technologies impact your body -- and therefore your soul and that receiving a message through the Spirit is dependent upon my willingness to listen to that message with my whole soul. ... The language of the Spirit is ... a true and native language of the soul. The souls ability to communicate by that language is not necessaarily hindered by our use of technology. ... Technology enhances our agency. She quotes Elder Hollands advice to find ways and go to places and create circumstances where we can unite symbolically with [our Heavenly Father] and, in so doing, gain access to His power. Those special moments of union with God are sacramental moments, ... moments when we formally take the hand of God and feel His divine power. Jensen invites us to use media to act on Elder Hollands advice and testifies, Our texts [texting with her husband] are sacramental to me because they are evidence of a partnership between imperfect people and a perfect Deity who is active in our efforts to improve the daily condition of our souls. Jensen related souls and sacraments further to constructive use of media with examples, questions, encouragement, and suggestions for everyday practice.
Elder Hollands BYU devotional address on January 12, 1988, teaches profoundly of the eternal significance of the whole soul, the essential symbolism of total unity in marriage, and the broad and powerful meaning of sacramental moments -- all as reasons for being morally clean. Both addresses are a loving invitation to choose to practice in our everyday life, even when we use modern media, sacramental moments -- sharing Heavenly Fathers work and glory as we progress toward eternal life.
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Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments

As modern winds of immorality swirl luridly around them, I am concerned for any of our youth or young adults who may be confused about principles of personal purity, about obligations of total chastity before marriage and complete fidelity after it. Against what is happening in the world they see and hear, and hoping to fortify parents as they teach their children a higher standard, I wish to speak today about moral cleanliness. Because this subject is as sacred as any I know, I earnestly pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me in remarks that are more candid than I would wish to make. In approaching this subject I do not document a host of social ills for which the statistics are as grim as the examples are offensive. Why is it such an important issue to God? How could anything society exploits and glamorizes so openly be very sacred or serious? A youth boiling with hormones will wonder why he should not give full freedom to his sexual desires; [but] if he is unchecked by custom, morals, or laws, he may ruin his life before he understand[s] that sex is a river of fire that must be banked and cooled by a hundred restraints if it is not to consume in chaos both the individual and the group.

Setting aside sins against the Holy Ghost for a moment as a special category unto themselves, it is LDS doctrine that sexual transgression is.
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This responsibility to speak to you never gets any easier for me. I think it gets more difficult as the years go by. I grow a little older, the world and its litany of problems get a little more complex, and your hopes and dreams become evermore important to me the longer I am at BYU. Indeed, your growth and happiness and development in the life you are now living and in the life you will be living in the days and decades ahead are the central and most compelling motivation in my daily professional life. I care very much about you now and forever. Everything I know to do at BYU is being done with an eye toward who and what you are, and who and what you can become.

So give them a read! Send them to me! Love the post. I am going to check out the talks I have not heard. Well worth the time it will take to track it down. I refer that to many many people right now.


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