Avoiding the Trap of Sin

A Way of Life, Jairo Mazzagardi

We must be alert not to let sin grow around us. Forms of sin are everywhere—even, for example, in a computer or cell phone. These technologies are useful and can bring great benefits to us. But their inappropriate use—such as involvement in time-wasting games, programs that would drive you to carnal pleasure, or much worse things such as pornography—is destructive. Pornography destroys character and makes its user sink in the quicksand of filth, out of which the person can escape only with much help.

This terrible monster causes pain and suffering both to the user and to his or her innocent children, spouse, father, and mother. The fruit of carnal pleasure is bitterness and sadness. The fruit of obedience and sacrifice is sweetness and everlasting joy.

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Source: Excerpt from Jairo Mazzagardi’s October 2010 General Conference address, Avoiding the Trap of Sin. Jairo Mazzagardi is a member of the Second Quorum of Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.