"R" Rated Movies
Satan has made great inroads into the lives of some Latter-day Saints through the evil in the media. I am confident that the great majority of you have not been guilty of serious sexual sin, but many are placing themselves in a path that could lead to it. A bishop reported that he had observed that the spiritual level of the young priesthood bearers in his ward was declining. Through his personal interviews with them, he discovered that many of them were watching R-rated movies. When he asked them where they went to see such trash, they said, "We don't go anywhere. We watch them at home. We have cable television, and when our parents are gone we watch anything we want to."
It is a concern that some of our young Latter-day Saints, as well as their parents,
regularly watch R-rated and other inappropriate movies and videos. One more reason why the
"devil laugheth, and his angels rejoice" (3 Ne. 9:2).
Elder Joe J. Christensen (Gen Conf Oct 1996)
Some parents seem to be almost pathologically concerned about their children's
popularity and social acceptance and go along with many things that are really against
their better judgment, such as expensive fads, immodest clothes, late hours, dating before
age sixteen, R-rated movies, and so on. For children and parents, standing up for what is
right may be lonely at times. There may be evenings alone, parties missed, and movies
which go unseen. It may not always be fun. But parenting is not a popularity contest.
Elder Joe J. Christensen (Gen Conf Oct 1993 )
Again I say, leave it alone. Turn it off, walk away from it, burn it, erase it, destroy
it. I know it is hard counsel we give when we say movies that are R-rated, and many with
PG-13 ratings, are produced by satanic influences. Our standards should not be dictated by
the rating system. I repeat, because of what they really represent, these types of movies,
music, tapes, etc. serve the purposes of the author of all darkness.
Elder H. Burke Peterson (Gen Conf Oct 1993 )
We counsel you, young men, not to pollute your minds with such degrading matter, for
the mind through which this filth passes is never the same afterwards. Don't see R-rated
movies or vulgar videos or participate in any entertainment that is immoral, suggestive,
or pornographic. Don't listen to music that is degrading.
President Ezra Taft Benson (Gen Conf Apr 1986)
Now, brethren of the priesthood, there should not be any X-or R-rated movies that we
participate in viewing or talking about. There must be no pornographic magazines,
pictures, or stories, no re-telling of filthy jokes or crude experiences. Once in a while
we should stop and ask ourselves, "In whose army are we fighting? Whose battle lines
are we defending.
Bishop H. Burke Peterson (Gen Conf Oct 1980)
Do not attend R- or X-rated movies, and avoid drive-ins.
President Hartman Rector, Jr. (Gen Conf Oct 1972)
Brothers and sisters, refuse to be used. Refuse to be manipulated. Refuse to support those programs that violate traditional family values. We may be a small voice to begin with; nevertheless, let us speak out and encourage a more uplifting, inspiring, and acceptable media.
Besides making our voices heard, let me conclude with seven things that every parent can do to minimize the negative effect media can have on our families:
1. We need to hold family councils and decide what our media standards are going to be.
2. We need to spend enough quality time with our children that we are consistently the main influence in their lives, not the media or any peer group.
3. We need to make good media choices ourselves and set good examples for our children.
4. We need to limit the amount of time our children watch TV or play video games or use the Internet each day. Virtual reality must not become their reality.
5. We need to use Internet filters and TV programming locks to prevent our children from "chancing upon" things they should not see.
6. We need to have TVs and computers in a much-used common room in the home, not in a bedroom or a private place.
7. We need to take time to watch appropriate media with our children and discuss
with them how to make choices that will uplift and build rather than degrade
Elder M. Russell Ballard (Gen Conf Oct 2003)