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Mormons Are Declaring War on Masturbation.
Earlier this month, Steveningen first mentioned the hilarious story of the Mormon Church and Brigham Young University trying to get students to pressure each other to give up pocket pool.
A PSA starring Brigham Young University president Kim B. Clark compares ignoring a masturbating roommate to leaving your war buddy behind on the battlefield:
“The enemy whispers ‘Don’t get involved, it’s not your problem.’ Brothers and sisters, don’t leave the wounded on the battlefield.”
Last night Bill Maher revealed an actual Mormon pamphlet filled with valuable pointers for those trying to quit the Devil’s rubbing cold turkey. The writing is attributed to notorious LDS racist Mark E. Peterson, who looks like he knows a thing or two about “jostling the elder.” More on him later.
The pamphlet begins by assuring chronic masturbators that there is hope:
Be assured that you can be cured of your difficulty. Many have been, both male and female, and you can be also if you determine that it must be so.
It then launches into a long list of “Steps in Overcoming Masturbation.”
Here’s the first section, “A Guide to Self Control“:
1) Never touch the intimate parts of your body except during normal toilet processes. Avoid being alone as much as possible. Find good company and stay in this good company.
2) If you are associated with other persons having this same problem, you must break off their friendship. Never associate with other people having the same weakness. Don’t suppose that two of you will quit together, you never will. You must get away from people of that kind. Just to be in their presence will keep your problem foremost in your mind. The problem must be taken out of your mind for that is where it really exists. Your mind must be on other and more wholesome things.Mark Peterson
3) When you bathe, do not admire yourself in a mirror. Never stay in the bath more than five or six minutes — just long enough to bathe and dry and dress and then get out of the bathroom into a room where you will have some member of your family present.
4) When in bed, if that is where you have your problem for the most part, dress yourself for the night so securely that you cannot easily touch your vital parts, and so that it would be difficult and time consuming for you to remove those clothes. By the time you started to remove protective clothing you would have sufficiently controlled your thinking that the temptation would leave you.
5) If the temptation seems overpowering while you are in bed, get out of bed and go into the kitchen and fix yourself a snack, even if it is in the middle of the night, and even if you are not hungry, and despite your fears of gaining weight. The purpose behind this suggestion is that you get your mind on something else. You are the subject of your thoughts, so to speak.
6) Never read pornographic material. Never read about your problem. Keep it out of mind. Remember — “First a thought, then an act.” The thought pattern must be changed. You must not allow this problem to remain in your mind. When you accomplish that, you soon will be free of the act.
7) Put wholesome thoughts into your mind at all times. Read good books — Church books — Scriptures — Sermons of the Brethren. Make a daily habit of reading at least one chapter of Scripture, preferably from one of the four Gospels in the New Testament, or the Book of Mormon. The four Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — above anything else in the Bible can be helpful because of their uplifting qualities.
8) Pray. But when you pray, don’t pray about this problem, for that will tend to keep it in your mind more than ever. Pray for faith, pray for understanding of the Scriptures, pray for the Missionaries, the General Authorities, your friends, your families, but keep the problem out of your mind by not mentioning it ever — not in conversation with others, not in your prayers. keep it out of your mind!
9) Avoid being alone as much as possible. Find good company and stay in this good company.
Additional suggestions after the break, including one about imagining yourself eating worms.