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On your wedding day the very best gift you can give your eternal companion is your very best self—clean and pure and worthy of such purity in return. Nevertheless we seek ways even in mortality whereby we can unite with Him spiritually.

Thirdly, may I say that physical intimacy is not only a symbolic union between a husband and a wife—the very uniting of their souls—but it is also symbolic of a shared relationship between them and their Father in Heaven. In so doing we gain some access to both the grace and the majesty of His power.

How could anything society exploits and glamorizes so openly be very sacred or serious?

May I begin with a lesson from civilization’s long, instructive story. the wisdom of [lessons learned] in the laboratory of history.

Adam said of Eve that she was bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh, and that they were to be “one flesh” in their life together. But such a total union, such an unyielding commitment between a man and a woman, can only come with the proximity and permanence afforded in a marriage covenant, with solemn promises and the pledge of all they possess—their very hearts and minds, all their days and all their dreams.

Can you see the moral schizophrenia that comes from you are one, pretending you have made solemn promises before God, sharing the physical symbols and the physical intimacy of your counterfeit union but then fleeing, retreating, severing all such other aspects of what was meant to be a total obligation?

Today I know how Jacob in the Book of Mormon felt when he said on the same topic, “It grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of speech.”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.Nor will I present here a checklist of do’s and don’ts about dating and boy-girl relationships.What I wish to do is more personal—I wish to try to answer questions some of you may have been asking: to be so strict about it when others don’t seem to be?Can you understand why the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles would issue a proclamation declaring that “the means by which mortal life is created [is] divinely appointed” and that “the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife”? Unless such powers are controlled and commandments kept, your future may be burned; your world could go up in flames.Penalty may not come on the precise day of transgression, but it comes surely and certainly enough.

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