Church's OvercomingPornography.org Now in Other Languages
Contributed By Ryan Morgenegg, Church News staff writer
- OvercomingPornography.org is now in 10 languages.
“Through the enabling and the redeeming power of the Atonement, all those affected in any way by the pernicious plague of pornography may be strengthened to overcome it and be healed of its evil consequences.” —Elder Craig A. Cardon of the Seventy
To help fight the growing tide of pornography, the Church has released the OvercomingPornography.org site in additional languages. The site will be available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The site content aims to help individuals and families prevent pornography use and overcome its effects by focusing on the power of Christ’s Atonement. It is located at overcomingpornography.org.
“The name itself, Overcoming Pornography through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, communicates the central message and focus of this effort,” said Elder Craig A. Cardon of the Seventy. “While with His disciples on the eve of His gift of the Atonement to the world, the Savior declared, ‘In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). Through the enabling and the redeeming power of the Atonement, all those affected in any way by the pernicious plague of pornography may be strengthened to overcome it and be healed of its evil consequences.”
The site provides practical examples, tools, and prevention techniques with spiritual power to change and overcome addiction.
“The site is intended for those willing to exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, with special emphasis for individuals, family members, and Church leaders,” said Elder Cardon. “We trust that it will be a benefit to the world.” With so many struggling with pornography addiction, this will be a beacon of light, strength, and help for those dealing with the effects of pornography, no matter who they may be, he said.
Using doctrinal principles with practical applications, the information on prevention and recovery features real people using the concepts in their own lives with success. For example, the site has videos about Troy and Kerri, a married couple devastated by pornography. Kerri shares how she found hope and healing through Jesus Christ and His Atonement after learning about her husband’s addiction.
The site has videos about real people such as Kerri, who shares how she found hope and healing through Jesus Christ and His Atonement after learning about her husband’s addiction.
“While many clinical and professional helps and means of support are found on the site, those important resources are presented within the context of the only source of lasting strength and healing for the soul,” said Elder Cardon.
Written content on the site is presented in a question and answer format. Users can find what they need at the moment by researching a question and then clicking on an answer for further details. The resources available on other sites of the Church regarding pornography have been brought together in one place so users can find relevant information quickly and efficiently. The site will also work with mobile devices and will adjust to fit a wide variety of mobile phones and tablets.
President Gordon B. Hinckley and Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve called pornography a “scourge.” With regard to this scourge, President Thomas S. Monson said: “Pornography is especially dangerous and addictive. Curious exploration of pornography can become a controlling habit, leading to coarser material and to sexual transgression. Avoid pornography at all costs” (“Preparation Bring Blessings,” Liahona, May 2010).
The Internet research website, Top Ten Reviews reported that the worldwide pornography industry earned about $97 billion in revenue in 2006. That’s more than the combined revenue of McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Apple, and American Express in 2006, according to Forbes.com.
The site conveys a message of hope that there is a way back from addiction. President Monson said: “My beloved friends, under no circumstances allow yourselves to become trapped in the viewing of pornography, one of the most effective of Satan’s enticements. And if you have allowed yourself to become involved in this behavior, cease now. Seek the help you need to overcome and to change the direction of your life. Take the steps necessary to get back on the strait and narrow, and then stay there” (“Until We Meet Again,” Liahona, May 2009).