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    Why is chastity important?

    Chastity is sexual purity and involves being morally clean in thoughts, words, and actions. Sexual intimacy is ordained of God for the creation of children and for the expression of love between husband and wife. God has commanded that sexual intimacy be reserved for marriage. When we are sexually pure, we qualify for the companionship of the Holy Ghost, and we are protected from the emotional and spiritual damage of sexual sin.

    Prepare yourself spiritually

    Prayerfully study these resources. How can you help the young women understand and feel the importance of chastity?

    Genesis 39:7–21 (Joseph fled from sexual sin)

    1 Nephi 10:21 (We must be pure to dwell with God)

    Alma 39:1–13 (Sexual sin is an abomination)

    Moroni 9:9 (Chastity is dear and precious)

    D&C 46:33; 121:45–46 (The importance of virtue)

    Linda S. Reeves, “Worthy of Our Promised Blessings,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 9–11

    Boyd K. Packer, “The Plan of Happiness,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 26–28

    David A. Bednar, “We Believe in Being Chaste,Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 41–44

    Jeffrey R. Holland, “Helping Those Who Struggle with Same-Gender Attraction,” Ensign or Liahona, Oct. 2007, 42–45

    Dress and Appearance,” “Sexual Purity,” For the Strength of Youth (2010), 6–8, 35–37

    Chastity,” True to the Faith (2004), 29–33

    Videos: “I Choose to Be Pure”; “Chastity: What Are the Limits?”; “True Confidence”

    Share experiences

    At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

    Introduce the doctrine

    Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

    • Several days before class, invite the young women to watch the video “I Choose to Be Pure” in preparation for this lesson. At the beginning of class, invite the young women to share things they’ve learned or questions they have.
    • Invite a young woman to hold up a picture of Joseph resisting Potiphar’s wife (see the Gospel Art Book, 11) and summarize the story in her own words. What did Joseph do to remain pure? What eventually happened as a result of Joseph’s faithfulness? What could have happened had he been untrue to his covenants? Why is it important to remain chaste?

    Learn together

    Each of the activities below can help the young women learn about the law of chastity. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best in your class:

    • Invite some of the young women to read scriptures about chastity (such as those suggested in this outline); invite others to read “Sexual Purity” in For the Strength of Youth; and invite the rest to read “Chastity” in True to the Faith. Ask them to look for answers to the question “Why is chastity important to the Lord?” and share what they find. How are the principles in these scriptures and resources different from what the world teaches about chastity? What do the young women learn from these resources that can help them detect the falsehood in the world’s view?
    • Show the video “Chastity: What Are the Limits?” After the video, ask the young women to explain what the analogies (such as the waterfall, airplane, or alligator) teach them about the law of chastity. What else do they learn from this video? Invite them to think of and share other analogies that teach the importance of chastity.
    • Invite the young women to watch “I Choose to Be Pure” or “True Confidence,” looking for possible answers to the question “Why is chastity important?” Ask them to share their thoughts and contrast the views expressed in the video with what the world wants young women to believe. What can the young women do to support each other in their efforts to obey the law of chastity?
    • Divide the young women into groups. Give each group one of the sections of President Boyd K. Packer’s talk “The Plan of Happiness,” Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “We Believe in Being Chaste,” or Sister Linda S. Reeves’s talk “Worthy of Our Promised Blessings.” Have each group study their section and answer the question “Why is it important to be sexually pure?” Invite them to share statements or truths that they found meaningful or important. How can they use what they learn to help their friends understand why chastity is important to them?
    • Ask the young women to use the “Dress and Appearance” section in For the Strength of Youth to answer questions such as “What are the Lord’s standards concerning modesty?” “Why is it important for you to follow these standards?” and “How does modesty reflect or influence our attitude toward the law of chastity?” Ask them to share their answers and ponder what they can do to follow these standards more fully.
    • Ask the young women how they would help a friend who is struggling with same-gender attraction. Invite them to look for ideas in Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s article “Helping Those Who Struggle with Same-Gender Attraction.” Encourage them to write a letter that could help their friend. What else do they learn from Elder Holland’s article?

    Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the law of chastity better? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

    Live what we are learning

    Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

    • Complete one of the Virtue value experiences (Personal Progress, 69–71).
    • Make a list of things they will do and avoid doing in order to remain sexually pure.