1. Never touch the intimate parts of your body except during normal toilet processes. Avoid being alone as much as possible. Find good company and stay in this good company.
2. If you are associated with other persons having this same problem, you must break off their friendship. Never associate with other people having the same weakness. Don't suppose that two of you will quit together, you never will. You must get away from people of that kind. Just to be in their presence will keep your problem foremost in your mind. The problem must be taken out of your mind for that is where it really exists. Your mind must be on other and more wholesome things.
3. When you bathe, do not admire yourself in a mirror. Never stay in the bath more than five or six minutes -- just long enough to bathe and dry and dress and then get out of the bathroom into a room where you will have some member of your family present.
4. When in bed, if that is where you have your problem for the most part, dress yourself for the night so securely that you cannot easily touch your vital parts, and so that it would be difficult and time consuming for you to remove those clothes. By the time you started to remove protective clothing you would have sufficiently controlled your thinking that the temptation would leave you.
5. If the temptation seems overpowering while you are in bed, get out of bed and go into the kitchen and fix yourself a snack, even if it is in the middle of the night, and even if you are not hungry, and despite your fears of gaining weight. The purpose behind this suggestion is that you get your mind on something else. You are the subject of your thoughts, so to speak.
It is a habit that is totally self-centered, and secretive, and in no way expresses the proper use of the procreative power given to man to fulfill eternal purposes. It therefore separates a person from God and defeats the gospel plan.
This self-gratifying activity will cause one to lose his self-respect and feel guilty and depressed, which can in the extreme lead to further sinning. As a person feels spiritually unclean, he loses his interest in prayer, his testimony becomes weak, and missionary work and other Church callings become burdensome, offering no joy and limited success.
I am reminded of my college days at the Christian Church-subsidized Texas Christian University (class of '65). We had shared shower and restroom facilities. One morning an animal husbandry major caught me examining pimples on my face and said I should "quit beatin' off."
I replied: "Naw, I'm working for that hair you get on your palms."
Okay, here's the $64 question: has any such document regarding WOMEN masturbating ever been published/found/whatever? I can't help but notice that it's always the MEN who get called out, either for masturbating or "lying with a man as with a woman" and crap like that. With the possible exception of maybe ONE mention of women misbehaving in the NT (Romans 1:28-32), it's always about the guys.
This rather reminds me of the fact that straight porn will frequently if not nearly always include a Lesbian scene, but NEVER a gay scene. Related? I think so!
So this means I can't play my own personalized version of "Whack-A-Mole?!" Damn. Then again, straightening out my crotch might soil the magic underwear. And we can't have unclean temple undergarments. After all, when we're performing the baptism of the deceased spirits of Anne Frank and Adolf Hitler, the last thing we want is any stains to be seen by the spirits of a victim and perpetrator of the Holocaust. That would be unseemly.
Though, in fairness to the Mor(m)ons, their perverted, repressive, and idiotic brand of sexual phobias are no worse or better than their Christian, Orthodox Jewish, and Muslim counterparts.
this is so fuc**ed up.
I've never lost my self-respect, or felt guilty, or depressed. I guess I must be doing it wrong. :D
Ditto... Is becoming extremely relaxed a sin?