Pornography, with its sleazy filth, sweeps over the earth like a horrible, engulfing tide. It is poison. Do not watch it or read it. It will destroy you if you do. It will take from you your self-respect. It will rob you of a sense of the beauties of life. It will tear you down and pull you into a slough of evil thoughts and possibly of evil actions. Stay away from it. Shun it as you would a foul disease, for it is just as deadly.
President Gordon B. Hinckley,
President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
What Every Bishop Should Know
Latest update March 11, 1998
(Borrowed from the Disciples2 Mailing List (http://www.springsofwater.com/desert/disciples2/),
modified to address pornography addictions.)
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