LDS Church updates website for overcoming pornography addiction

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced updates to its website that helps people dealing with a pornography addiction. (Screenshot)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced updates to its website that helps Latter-day Saints overcome and heal from pornography use. In addition to the updates, the web address also changed. Overcomingpornography.org is now addressingpornography.lds.org.

“We are mortals; we all make mistakes. But God wants us to become more like His Beloved Son,” President Russell M. Nelson says in a video on the website. “[We can] literally become more like Him with every passing day. … We want to choose to be on the Lord’s side. We want to have Him as our God and let Him know that we are His people.”

The updated website has more robust resources including stories from real people, explanations from qualified therapists and advice from Church leaders. Besides President Nelson, the website includes video commentary from President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency and five members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, including quorum President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder David A. Bednar, Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Ronald A. Rasband. Several current and former general Church officers and local Church leaders also share their insights.

Visitors to the website will find various sections broken down into specific questions and directed to specific audiences. There is an “Individuals” section to help people overcoming pornography themselves, a “Spouses” section for guidance on how to help a spouse dealing with a pornography addiction, a “Parents” tab with lesson ideas for teaching children about pornography, a “Leaders” section for Church leaders and a tab for available resources.

One resource available is lessons for parents to teach their children about pornography. The age-appropriate lessons give an overview of basic doctrines and principles about the sacredness of the body, sexual intimacy, following the Holy Spirit’s guidance, choosing good media, appropriate action steps for when a child sees pornography and repentance.

“We are encouraging parents to take a new, importantly different approach to protecting and preparing, responding with love and supporting their child’s healing, depending upon their child’s specific needs,” said Lee Gibbons, a senior product manager in the Church’s Priesthood and Family Department.

The five key principles emphasized through the website are centered on the Savior’s Atonement, love and power.

“There really is no single secret to success for what is a unique healing experience for each person, except to trust in the Lord and follow the five Atonement-based principles,” said Gibbons.

The website includes a link to attend or call in to support meetings through the Church’s Addiction Recovery Program, as well additional Church and outside resources. Additional languages and content specifically for youth will come throughout 2019 and 2020.

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