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‘Forsake immorality and be clean’

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At the April 1986 general conference, President Ezra Taft Benson said: "The plaguing sin of this generation is sexual immorality. This, the Prophet Joseph said, would be the source of more temptations, more buffetings, and more difficulties for the elders of Israel than any other. (See Journal of Discourses 8:55.)

"President Joseph F. Smith said that sexual impurity would be one of the three dangers that would threaten the Church within — and so it does. (See Gospel Doctrine, pp. 312-313.) It permeates our society.

"In the category of sins, the Book of Mormon places unchastity next to murder. (See Alma 39:5.) As Alma states, 'Now . . . I would that ye should repent and forsake your sins, and go no more after the lusts of your eyes, . . . for except ye do this ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.' (Alma 39:9.) If we are to cleanse the inner vessel, we must forsake immorality and be clean."