Virtue is not nearly as well understood as it needs to be. And it desperately needs to be understood better. The sex crazed culture we live in has taken a significant toll among both great and small, among the youth, the unmarried and even the married. The great irony is that most of these are people with no intention of any kind of evil intent. Just how bad are things? Consider some statistics for single adults in the Church.
In North America, 40% of members are single adults.
Of these 18-29, the activity ratio for men to women is 89:100.
While for those over 30, is 19:100.
16% of these women are single parents.
62% of single members 30 and up have never married at all.
And these statistics are several years old (2004)! Don't think it has had any significant improvement.
That is a crisis. And it doesn't take talking to many singles to realize that remaining faithful in today's sex-crazed culture takes a special level of devotion. I don't know if Brigham ever actually said that bachelors over 25 are a menace to society, but it is most likely repeated because there is a more than a bit of truth (as well as humor and notoriety) in that statement.
Whenever singles discuss sex, and why to keep the law of Chastity, the Standard has been (of course) Scriptures and a highly influential talk by Elder Holland; Souls, Symbols and Sacraments. This talk comes up over and over again, even more than Elder Oaks multiple talks on dating. There is nothing as widely quoted or referenced when singles discuss reasons for chastity. It is in a similar vein, that I am sharing my book, "The Meaning of Virtue" - so we can better understand the reasons virtue and chastity are important to all of us.
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Chapter 1: Intro and Motivation ~ What is Virtue and why is it important?
Chapter 2: Love ~ The first characteristic of Virtue is Love ~ Love of Others, Love of God, Love of Self : Pornography, NCMO, false intimacy, selfishness is the antithesis of love
Chapter 3: Carnal Nature and The Fall ~ the second characteristic of Virtue is overcoming our fallen nature: The Inherent physical passions we must bridle, we must be born again
4: Worldliness and The Sacred Body ~ The third characteristic of
Virtue is receiving the Holy Ghost, leave worldliness, and becoming
holy ourselves: The body is the image of God and is sacred, as is
Part B Coming Mar. 8
Chapter 5: Celibacy vs Virtue ~ The fourth characteristic of Virtue is the proper place of Sex: Virtue is far more than just not having sex, temptation and where our focus must be
Coming Mar. 15 (tentative)
Chapter 6: The Family: ~ The fifth characteristic of Virtue is that which sustains the Family, both in this life, and in the Eternities
Coming Mar. 22 (tentative)
Chapter 7: The Abrahamic Covenant ~ The sixth characteristic of Virtue is our part of the Covenant that God made to Abraham and his Descendants: How the Gospel applies to our grand extended family: Work for the Dead and other ordinances
Coming Mar. 29 & Apr. 5 (tentative)
8: Mists of Darkness ~ Temptation and Virtue in an
Coming Apr. 12 & 19(tentative)
Chapter 9: Virtue as Consecration ~ Virtue has everything to do with accepting Christ
Coming Apr. 26 & May 3 (tentative)