Sister Linda S. Reeves: A Christ-focused home provides protection from pornography

Sister Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, speaks at the Saturday morning session of General Conference, 5 April 2014. (Courtesy of Mormon Newsroom)

Sister Linda S. Reeves of the Relief Society General Presidency spoke on the dangers of pornography and what parents and families can do in their lives and in their homes to avoid it.

“We, as leaders, are increasingly concerned about the destruction that pornography is causing in the lives of church members and their families,” she said.

She said Satan will continue to attack with great fury but that people are here on earth to learn how to manage the passions and feelings of their bodies.

She said one of her children, many years ago, came to her after accidentally being exposed to pornography. Sister Reeves explained how grateful she was that her daughter felt comfortable to counsel with her about her concerns. She said parents should talk with their children about the dangers of pornography with love and understanding.

“We would be wise to not react with shock, anger or rejection, which may cause them to to be silent again,” she said.

She said that while Internet filters are useful tools to protect families against pornography, the greatest filter in the world is the personal internal filter that comes from a testimony of our Heavenly Father’s love and of Christ’s Atonement.

She talked about how important it is to have daily prayer, scripture study and weekly family home evening in the home. She also said members should make this their focus and that it is okay if other responsibilities are temporarily left undone.

“As we do, the influence of the Spirit will begin to fill our homes and our lives, and over time, children may respond,” she said.

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