I thought I would do something a little different for my weekly column. Instead of the traditional question and answer format, my contribution this week comes from a presentation I recently gave in a fifth Sunday setting in a local LDS ward. The bishop asked me to address the topic of pornography. He was aware that there are too many good men, women, teens, and children suffering the devastating effects of pornography.
Everyone is affected in some way by this modern-day plague. The list of those affected by it grows larger each day. There are those who are caught in the trap of seeking it out, their betrayed partners, family members, employers, friends, and leaders. Our willingness to learn the truth about this issue allows us to be more helpful to those who will inevitably call on us to assist.
Let us first make sure we have clean hands and pure hearts before we turn our attention to supporting those who have been swept away by this rising tide of filth. Those who struggle aren’t bad people. They need our strength, our support, and our understanding. They need us to be educated and courageous in our efforts to offer true support.
You can listen to the presentation here: https://soundcloud.com/geoff-steurer/we-are-all-enlisted-helps-for-everyone-impacted-by-pornography-lds-geoff-steurer
Geoff will answer a new family and relationship question every Friday. You can email your question to him at [email protected]
About the Author
Geoff Steurer is a licensed marriage and family therapist in St. George, UT. He is the owner of Alliant Counseling and Education (www.alliantcounseling.com) and the founding director of LifeStar of St. George, an outpatient treatment program for couples and individuals impacted by pornography and sexual addiction (www.lifestarstgeorge.com). He is the co-author of “Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity”, available at Deseret Book, and the audio series “Strengthening Recovery Through Strengthening Marriage”, available at www.marriage-recovery.com. He also writes a weekly relationship column for the St. George News (www.stgnews.com). He holds a bachelors degree from BYU in communications studies and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Auburn University. He served a full-time mission to the Dominican Republic and currently serves as the primary chorister. He is married to Jody Young Steurer and they are the parents of four children.