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President Gordon B. Hinckley

President of the church

Pornography is a tragic evil and a serious problem that has now been compounded by ready access on the Internet.

"Suffice it to say that all who are involved become victims. Children are exploited and their lives are severely damaged. The minds of youth become warped with false concepts. Continued exposure leads to addiction that is almost impossible to break."

"Now brethren, the time has come for any one of us who is so involved to pull himself out of the mire, to stand above this evil thing, to 'look to God and live.' We do not have to view salacious magazines. We do not have to read books laden with smut. We do not have to watch television that is beneath wholesome standards. We do not have to rent movies that depict that which is filthy. We do not have to sit at the computer and play with pornographic material found on the Internet."

"I repeat, we can do better than this. We must do better than this. We are men of the priesthood. This is a most sacred and marvelous gift, worth more than all the dross of the world. But it will be amen to the effectiveness of that priesthood for anyone who engages in the practice of seeking out pornographic material."

"If there are any within the sound of my voice who are doing so, then may you plead with the Lord out of the depths of your soul that he will remove" such addiction.

"May you have the courage to seek the loving guidance of your bishop, and if necessary, the counsel of caring professionals."