Written By: Mom
Alma 50 insights:
Yesterday Dad and I had lunch with a couple. They are older than us, and have 4 grown daughters. They have had 6 Son-in-laws. 5 of those 6 son-in-laws have had pornography addiction. Two of their daughters have divorced and remarried and even their new husbands have pornography addiction. The father of these 4 girls is a bishop in a Young Single Adult ward, almost all of the issues that come into his office are pornography and 1/3 of those with that issue are young women, even returned missionary young women. This is scary and so sad to me. So I have been pondering how to protect my children from this horrible drug.
In reading in Alma 50, the Nephites had just won a huge battle against the Lamanites without losing one Nephite. It was because the Nephites had fortified the border cities in the land of Ammoniah (which had earlier been totally decimated by the Lamanites). The Lamanites had then taken their fight to the land of Noah and encountered the same fortifications, however this time because of their pride they attacked anyway and were defeated solidly.
So the Nephites, instead of hanging out in their fortified cities and enjoying their victory, Moroni had them do this in:
50:6 Thus Moroni did prepare strongholds against the coming of their enemies, round about every city in the land
Moroni does not stop there, he then in verses 7, and 8 he drives out any Lamanites in the wilderness next to their borders, had good Nephites inhabit and fortify their borders.
So what does this have to do with pornography? I felt the revelation today as I read that our spirits, brain, and hearts are the cities that need to be made into strongholds. Right now, while most of my children are living in my home, Kelly and I can be their generals, and lead them how to fortify against Satan and his artillery of Pornography.
Some ideas of fortification are:
1. This scripture came to my mind.
45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
-have only virtuous things in our home.
-get rid of Netflix
-weekly checks on all devices and computers
-show greater charity in our family
-recognize God more in our daily lives
-be active together as a family
-interviews with the kids consistently
20 Blessed art thou and thy children; and they shall be blessed, inasmuch as they shall keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land. But remember, inasmuch as they will not keep my commandments they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.