Another good buddy of mine was excommunicated because
The entire ward presumed things about him based on the fact
that he loved being innocently naked.
There’s no means to predict how a local leader will respond to the
revelation that one of his members is a naturist. One participated
couple I know ran afoul of the BYU Honor Code because they
had skinny dipped jointly and were barred from the university. Their bishop asked them one question: “Was it sexual?”
When their response was no, he promptly interceded and got
them readmitted.
Reactions of local leaders are unpredictable because there’s
no official Church stand on nudism. This is as it should be.
Nudism is one of those issues where members should do
their own study and prayer and seek their own responses from
the Spirit. Truly, if you discuss with many Mormon naturists,
You will discover that they have received convincing religious witnesses about their practice.

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HIS IS WHAT I’ve found from my previous eight years of
Fully being a naturist: Nudism is modest in the proper settings. It cultivates trust and validation
among folks. It teaches follow toward the human
body and treats body pity. It prepares children and helps
them develop healthier approaches within their relationships with the
opposite gender. It even shields them from predators because
report questionable behaviour.
I ‘ve seen naturism help individuals recover from pornography addictions . Nudism supplies positive, wholesome pictures of the body. Naturist children have their fascination
about the human body met in safe, controlled environments under adult supervision rather than sneaking peeks at
Porn with their pals. Adults who ultimately experience
the difference between pornographic pictures of the individual
body and innocent pictures accessible through naturism can see
the ugliness in the pornographic picture. It begins to lose its appeal.
These are the things I’ve learned in the eight years I’ve been
a Mormon nudist.
Mormon is to the teachings of Joseph Smith.
Yet I can not share these discoveries with my fellow Saints. As
I’ve sat in endless lesson after lesson, sermon after sermon on
the ills of porn and saw the attempts of Church
leaders to combat this difficulty mainly neglect, I anguish to understand I
have a straightforward option that can help many people cure, but http://modestperson.com/views/many-seasoned-nudists.php
have to keep it to myself.

THE MODESTY BLOG
By Paul Swenson
Modesty’s the hottest
Issue in the Bloggernacle.
The body is a tabernacle
and must be covered
by a sack or tent,
the baring of a shoulder,
or of skin above
an older girl’s ankle.
If you are female,
what you’re wearing
may be sin, if it inflames
the lust of Mormon men,
whose solitary struggle
with testosterone entails
or disguise consciousness of
a woman’s breasts or thighs.
Not only guys are penitent
about taboo ideas
that may arise from
tight, revealing clothes.
“Heterosexual Married
Woman” writes that she
“Won’t notice breasts of
women clad in humble tees,”
she says. “But please avoid
a clingy shift—especially
if it is chilly. Catch my drift?”

When slogging through
the product of male blogs,
observe a particular reticence
to judge appropriateness
of manly dress—except
the rightness of white tops
and ties. Which leaves men
free to contemplate indecent
penchants of their mates.
Tim scathingly whines
he can not imagine why their
mothers can’t refrain from
dressing little girls in twopiece bathing suits. Another
dense galoot alludes to
a distressing preponderance
of “non—wife nudity.”
Forgive my rudeness,
if I see beauty in the individual
form—and don’t look away.
Show me the marbled limbs
of lovers in Rodin’s “The Kiss,”
and—pray—the-full blown
Maleness of David
by Michelangelo. Artist
God and Goddess may uncover
idolatrous and pat, fixation
on false modesty. Blog that.

Some bloggers hasten
to confess a secret
yearning for a sundress,
or self-consciously disclose
they burn to wear J. Crew,
as liberated girls do.
A few still grieve they
bought the duty
to venerate the sleeve
Place on the Mormon
vestments of a bride.

1. The URL for LDS Skinny-Dippers Connection is WWW.LDSSDC.INFO.
Further information on naturism are available at: http://www.naturistsociety.com/.

JULY 2008

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The Source of Nudity
in Greek Athletics*
John Mouratidis
Associate Professor of Physical Education
Some scholars who have written on the topic of nudity in Greek athletic contest
have failed to inquire the prehistoric period and rather intelligibly

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