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The first time that any approval of a non-abstinence fertility control method was publicly expressed occurred in a 1942 Improvement Era article in which Apostle John Widtsoe mentioned the rhythm method as an acceptable means of spacing children.

In his influential 1956 treatise Doctrines of Salvation, then apostle Joseph Fielding Smith called birth control a wickedness which leads to damnation and caused the downfall of nations.

In accordance with the law of chastity, LDS Church doctrine bars sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage, and sexual transgressions are considered second only to murder in seriousness.

The LDS Church teaches its members to obey what it calls the law of chastity, which is a code of morality and modesty.

refraining from any kind of sexual activity, and refraining from viewing, reading, or listening to pornographic material." Sociological research into pornography and LDS individuals has included one BYU study that showed of 192 male BYU students ages 18–27, 100% of the sample considered viewing pornography "unacceptable".

He gave vigorous exercise as a method to help control thoughts and break the habit of masturbation since it is a "transgression" that is "not pleasing to the Lord".

Since 1985 the church has provided a manual for parents to use in discussing sexuality with their children.

but states that abortion could be an acceptable option in cases of rape, incest, danger to the health or life of the mother, or where the fetus has been diagnosed with "severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth." From the 1830s, marriage has been a central and distinctive component of Mormon theology.

Mormon teachings on marriage begins with the belief that, if performed by a person who has the requisite priesthood authority, a marriage may continue in the afterlife.

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