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OVERCOMING MASTURBATION:

A Guide to Self Control by Mark E. Petersen (Council of the 12 Apostles)

The attitude a person has toward his problem has an effect on how easily it is overcome. It is essential that a firm commitment be made to control the habit. As a person understands his reasons for the behavior, and is sensitive to the conditions or situations that may trigger a desire for the act, he develops the power to control it.

We are taught that our bodies are temples of God, and are to be clean so that the Holy Ghost may dwell within us. Masturbation is a sinful habit that robs one of the Spirit and creates guilt and emotional stress. It is not physically harmful unless practiced in the extreme. It is a habit that is totally self-centered, and secretive, and in no way expresses the proper use of the procreative power given to man to fulfill eternal purposes. It therefore separates a person from God, and defeats the gospel plan.

This self-gratifying activity will cause one to lose his self-respect and feel guilty and depressed, which can in the extreme lead to further sinning. As a person feels spiritually unclean, he loses interest in prayer, his testimony becomes weak, and missionary work and other Church callings become burdensome, offering no joy and limited success.

To help in planning an effective program to overcome the problem, a brief explanation is given of how the reproductive organs in a young man function.

The testes in your body are continuously producing hundreds of millions of reproductive cells called spermatozoa. These are moved up a tube called the vas deferens to a place called the ampulla where they are mixed with fluids from two membranous pouches called seminal vesicles and the prostate gland. The resultant fluid is called semen. MORE>>

2004 Utah Bonehead: Darl McBride

For pure unadulterated stupidity many could vie for the coveted 2004 Utah Bonehead Award. But none is more deserving than SCO head, Darl McBride. The guy is certainly not stupid. That is not why he is getting the award. It is for displaying a certain cluelessness at the obvious consequences his company has suffered, deserved or undeserved, and will continue to suffer, at the hands of the open source community after his company opened an assault on Linux end-users.

For starting a war he cannot win, Darl McBride gets the coveted 2004 Utah Bonehead Award.

For those unaware of McBride and his Utah-based SCO Group, a little back story is in order. SCO is a company that specializes in selling UNIX based software. As a success story, SCO falls somewhere in between the Ford Edsel and the new Coke. From 1994 to 2002 the company posted losses in the hundreds of millions dollar range.

Enter McBride. Through the wheeling and dealings of many computer corporations, SCO ended up with rights to certain outdated UNIX code. McBride, sensing that SCO could not dig itself out of its hole by creating new software, decided to try another tack. He resorted to that tried and proven business method of modern America -- he started flinging lawsuits around like crazy. MORE>>