LDS Mormon Masturbation Disinformation





LDS Church Demonizes Masturbation

Probably the most destructive talk given by a General Authority in the last thirty years was Apostle Boyd K. Packer's talk on Masturbation back in 1976.

LDS Masturbation GuideRead Packer's whole discourse here:

This talk quickly became famous because the church made it into a pamphlet called "For Young Men Only" that is given to all twelve-year-old boys in the church.

Packer is not a medical doctor, nor did he claim to have consulted with medical doctors before he declared:

"I wish to explain something that will help you understand your young manhood and help you develop self-control. When this power begins to form, it might be likened to having a little factory in your body, one designed to produce the product that can generate life."

"This little factory moves quietly into operation as a normal and expected pattern of growth and begins to produce the lifegiving substance. It will do so perhaps as long as you live. It works very slowly. That is the way it should be. For the most part, unless you tamper with it, you will hardly be aware that it is working at all."

That is absolutely false. Puberty is a normal, natural process that everyone experiences and notices. Packer suggests here that there may be something wrong with you if you notice your "little factory" working. What testosterone-filled teen doesn't notice his "factory working?"

"As you move closer to manhood, this little factory will sometimes produce an oversupply of this substance. The Lord has provided a way for that to be released. It will happen without any help or without any resistance from you. Perhaps, one night you will have a dream. In the course of it the release valve that controls the factory will open and release all that is excess."

"The factory and automatic release work on their own schedule. The Lord intended it to be that way. It is to regulate itself. This will not happen very often. You may go a longer period of time, and there will be no need for this to occur. When it does, you should not feel guilty. It is the nature of young manhood and is part of becoming a man."

For the Lord's apostle, how does he quantify "not very often?"

"There is; however, something you should not do. Sometimes a young man does not understand. Perhaps he is encouraged by unwise or unworthy companions to tamper with that factory. He might fondle himself and open that release valve. This you shouldn't do, for if you do that, the little factory will speed up. You will then be tempted again and again to release it. You can quickly be subjected to a habit, one that is not worthy, one that will leave you feeling depressed and feeling guilty. Resist that temptation. Do not be guilty of tampering or playing with this sacred power of creation. Keep it in reserve for the time when it can be righteously employed."

This whole analogy is lame. But it becomes dangerous when Packer teaches that releasing sperm will increase production. Ask your doctor and he/she will confirm that this is absolutely false! Whether you masturbate or not, the production of sperm is not increased. But believing this lie can set you up for all kinds of shame, frustration and self-hate. It can make you think you are somehow to blame for "over production" of sperm which you can't seem to control. It can also lead to painful and unnecessary medical conditions, as your doctor can explain.

"There are ways to conquer such a habit. First of all, you must leave that factory alone long enough for it to slow down. Resisting is not easy. It will take weeks, even months. But you can get the little factory slowed back to where it should be."

This is another lie. The "little factory" is not regulated by masturbation but by normal biological rhythms. Whether you stop masturbating or not, the production of sperm will continue unabated. The male reproductive system is not a supply vs. demand factory!

"Resist those temptations. Do not tamper with your body. If you have already, cease to do it --now. Put it away and overcome it. The signal of worthy manhood is self-control."

Notice the manipulation and guilt for normal body processes.

Medical professionals will tell you that masturbation is a normal and healthy part of male self-control, not a sign of weakness.

Unfortunately, because this talk became a standard pamphlet given to all twelve-year-old boys, the "little factory" metaphor has become unquestioned truth in the church, despite the physical and emotional harm it causes so many people.

Read one LDS Physician's reaction to the Church's unhealthy stand against masturbation here.

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