Religious views on masturbation 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"  of 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] as 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.
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". Necking passionate kissing with intimate touching has been called an "insidious practice"  while petting was called "sinful"  and "an abomination before God". The oral sex ban, however, was neither removed, modified, or clarified as 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 Condie's warning that when couples "participate in unholy practices" during their physical intimacy it can become a "disruptive force" in their marriage.
Religious views on pornography LDS church leaders have repeatedly condemned the use of sexually arousing literature  and visual material for decades. A nationwide study of paid porn subscriptions showed that the predominantly LDS state of Utah had the highest subscription rate of any state.
Additionally, more religious individuals were more likely to consider themselves addicted to porn regardless of their comparative usage rate. Religion and birth control , Christian views on contraception , Abortion and Christianity , and Religion and abortion Church leaders have changed from condemning contraception even for married couples to currently leaving family planning decisions to each couple.
In the past the use of family planning birth control methods including artificial contraception was explicitly condemned by LDS church leaders. Beginning in July 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 their second or third child is guilty of iniquity which must be punished.
Mormon teachings on marriage begins with the belief that, if performed by a person who has the requisite priesthood authority , a marriage may continue in the afterlife. Such a marriage is called a " celestial marriage "  or a "temple marriage",  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 theology , and 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 marriage , a form of polygamy. According to a consensus of historians, the practice of plural marriage was taught by Joseph Smith , the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement , and after Smith's death was formally acknowledged in by Brigham Young , leader of the LDS Church.
The practice became famous during the 19th century when it was opposed and outlawed by the United States federal government, resulting in an intense legal conflict, which culminated in LDS Church president Wilford Woodruff issuing the Manifesto , which officially discontinued the creation of new plural marriages in church temples. In , the church issued a Second Manifesto , which 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 found 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.
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. In countries where the church's celestial marriages are not recognized by the government, the church requires that it be preceded by a civil marriage.