You don’t have to be a saint to be a law-abiding citizen. It just takes a willingness to follow the law. It’s that simple.
I think one of the best things about being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) is that we tend to behave in a way that’s consistent with our religion’s teachings. This is especially true in regards to religious law. If you’re a believer and you act out of line or violate the church’s rules, you can get a pretty severe sanction.
Mormons are notorious for their adherence to the so-called “law of chastity” which basically means that any sexual activity a woman engages in within her marriage is considered a sin. This law, known officially as “The Doctrine and Covenants”, was passed in the 30s during the time of Joseph Smith. In the book of the Mormon scriptures, the “commandment to love thy wife” is written about and refers to sexual intercourse between a married couple.
Mormons and most other faiths have a way of punishing people for even thinking about doing what the church says is wrong (in this case, not being who they say they are). It can be difficult to determine what is true or not, especially within the context of a religion that is taught to be infallible and has a canon of scripture.
The church is pretty clear, it is the only true religion, and this is the reason it is infallible. Even if you believe all of the statements of scripture you have been taught, you still need to be who you say you are. For example, if you are a woman, you may not be able to be a virgin until marriage. Most girls can be, but not all.
This might sound like a good thing for people in this situation because you can’t be true to your God. The Bible does say that the Church is the only true religion, but there are some points that can be different. This leads to the possibility that the Church is in danger. But there is nothing wrong with this.
I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about that, but it’s a really big issue. You have to be willing to be as different from those around you as you can. If you are in a relationship you have to choose who you are in order to be the kind of person that you want to be with. Otherwise, you are simply being led to believe that you can’t be a person you want to be with.
I think this is an important point that many people missed because it’s so easy to take it for granted. The only thing that makes you different from everyone else is that you’re willing to be different. If everyone else was like that, we’d all be exactly alike. But that’s not the case. We all have different quirks, interests, and personalities.
I find willful disobedience to be the flip side of obedience. Just as people who act the way they do because they are being led to believe that they cant be what they want to be with, those who make choices because they feel that they want to do them, are just as different from others.
It’s okay to be different. It’s all about being able to be the best person you can be. It’s not about being able to act the way you would have you act if you were not the best person you could be. It’s about being the right person to have what we call a “fair, right person” that’s just as much about being the best person you can be.