Sexuality has a prominent role within the theology of Mormonism. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church teaches that gender is defined in the premortal existenceand that part of the purpose of mortal life is for men and women to be sealed together, forming bonds that allow them to progress eternally together in the afterlife. It also teaches that sexual relations within the Position sex teach of opposite-sex marriage is healthy, necessary, and ordained of God.
In contrast with some orthodox Christian movements, sexuality in Mormon theology is neither a product of original sin nor a "necessary evil". In accordance with the law of chastityLDS Church doctrine bars sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage, and sexual transgressions are Position sex teach second only to murder in seriousness. The LDS Church teaches its members to obey what it calls the law of chastitywhich is a code of morality and modesty.
Under this code, all members are taught to be "morally clean Position sex teach their thoughts, words, and actions" and to abstain from pornography.
Though celestial marriage is the only form of marriage recognized as a sacramentthe church permits sex within government-recognized marital unions, the notable exceptions being same-sex marriagecommon law marriagecivil unions in jurisdictions where marriage is availableand polygamy.
The church is sensitive about its historical relationship with polygamy, and entry into a polygamous marriage, even where legal, will result in mandatory consideration of church discipline and possible excommunication. Serious offenses of the law of chastity may result in church discipline, including the possibility of excommunication.
LGBT members of the church are expected to keep the law of chastity. On many occasions church leaders have taught that members should not masturbate as part of obedience to the law of chastity.
Kimball, who later served as church president, warned of the "possible damages" and "dangers"  Position sex teach this "common indescretion"  on various occasions calling it a "reprehensible sin"   that grows "with every exercise".
He gave vigorous exercise as a method to help control thoughts and break the habit of masturbation since it is a "transgression" that is "not pleasing to the Lord". The manual includes statements that "prophets have condemned [masturbation] Position sex teach a sin" and "perversion of the body's passions" that causes one to "become carnal".
Callister who stated in a speech at BYU-Idaho that God "condemns self-abuse"  a euphemism for masturbation. Church leaders have stated that outside of marriage " passionate kisses ", defined as "more intense and last[ing] longer than a brief kiss",  and "prolonged kisses Position sex teach involve the tongue and excite the passions" are "off limits". He further stated that even when dating for a time a kiss should be a "clean, decent, sexless one like the kiss between a mother and son".
Church leaders have also condemned erotic touching outside of heterosexual marriage using terms like "necking" for general kissing and stroking of areas outside of the breasts, buttocks, or groin region, and "petting"  for "fondling a member of the opposite sex in areas that are private, personal, and sacred"  whether Position sex teach or over clothing. Necking passionate kissing with intimate touching has been called an "insidious practice"  while petting was called "sinful"  and "an abomination before God".
In the early s the church explicitly banned oral sex even for married couples   as it was considered an "unnatural, impure, or unholy practice" which reflects verbiage for sexual misconduct in the Church Handbook of Instructions.
The oral sex ban, however, was neither removed, modified, or clarified Position sex teach the only additional directive to leaders was that "if the member has enough anxiety about the propriety of the conduct to ask about it, the best course would be to discontinue it". Subsequent discussion of marital sex warned against behaviors that the church considered unnatural, impure, and unholy including Spencer Position sex teach warning that when couples "participate in unholy practices" during their physical intimacy it can become a "disruptive force" in their marriage.
LDS church leaders have repeatedly condemned the use of sexually arousing literature  and visual material for decades. The Church Handbook for leaders states that the three bishopric members should ensure that members from ages 12 to 17 are interviewed twice a year during which they are to discuss the "importance of obeying the commandments, particularly A nationwide study of paid porn subscriptions showed that the predominantly LDS state of Utah had Position sex teach highest subscription rate of any state.
Additionally, individuals reporting higher religiosity were more likely to consider themselves addicted to Position sex teach regardless of their comparative usage rate. Currently and in the past LDS church leaders have forbidden dancing that includes full-body contact or is suggestive of sexual behavior.
In the past the use of family planning birth control methods including artificial contraception was explicitly condemned by LDS church leaders. Beginning in Position sex teach apostles were quoted stating that birth control was a "pernicious doctrine" and that "limiting the number of children in a family He further stated that an LDS couple that deliberately prevents themselves from having more children after Position sex teach second or third child is guilty of iniquity which must be punished.
Other discussions of the topic include those by Ezra Benson who became a church president. He stated that those that advocate for birth control perpetuate types of government that cause famine,   : The current church stance is that "decisions about birth control and the consequences of those decisions rest solely with each married couple" and that they should consider "the physical and mental health of the mother and father and their capacity to provide the basic necessities of life for their children" when planning a family.
From the s, marriage has been a central and distinctive component of Mormon theology. Mormon teachings on marriage begins with the belief that, if performed by a person who has the requisite priesthood authoritya marriage may continue in the afterlife.
Such a marriage is called a Position sex teach celestial marriage "  or a "temple Position sex teach,  and is a particular instance of a " sealing " which binds people together in the afterlife. Celestial marriage is considered to be a requirement for entry into the highest "degree" of the celestial kingdom the highest degree of heaven in Latter Day Saint theologyand is thought to allow the participants to continue to have spirit children in the afterlife and become gods.
According to Mormon belief, the continuance of a celestial marriage in the afterlife is contingent upon the couple remaining righteous. In rare cases, a couple's exaltation may be "made sure" through the ritual of the second anointing. In the s, the practice of celestial marriage included plural marriagea form of polygamy. According to a consensus of historians, the practice of plural marriage was taught by Joseph Smiththe founder of the Latter Day Saint movementand after Smith's death was formally acknowledged in by Brigham Youngleader of the LDS Church.
The practice became famous Position sex teach the 19th century when it was opposed and outlawed by the United States federal government, resulting in an intense legal conflict, Position sex teach culminated in LDS Church president Wilford Woodruff issuing the Manifestowhich officially discontinued the creation of new plural marriages in church temples.
Inthe church issued a Second Manifestowhich discontinued the official practice worldwide and established excommunication as a possible penalty for violators. These manifestos did not automatically divorce existing plural unions, however, and some couples in the LDS Church continued to live together as plural families well into the 20th century, with the final polygamous marriage in the LDS Church ending in when one of Edward Eyring's two wives died.
The LDS Church now embraces monogamy and the nuclear family. Members who are Position sex teach entering into or solemnizing polygamous marriages or associating with polygamous groups are now subject to church discipline and possible excommunication. The LDS Church does, however, continue to recognize some theological aspects of its polygamy doctrine. Although both men and women may enter a celestial marriage with only one partner at a time, a man may be sealed to more than one woman.
If his first wife dies, he may enter another celestial marriage, and be sealed to both his living wife and deceased wife or wives. A woman, however, may only be sealed to one man during her lifetime. In the s, one influential church leader wrote that plural marriage would "obviously" be reinstituted after the Second Coming of Jesus. While not accorded the theological significance of a celestial marriage, the LDS Church does recognize civil marriages or marriages performed within other religious traditions.
In the s, a prominent Mormon writer wrote that Mormons considered such a marriage to be "no marriage at all. Moreover, such marriages are thought to last only for the mortal life, and not into the next.