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The Fort Collins Stake Relief Society Conference was held Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the stake center on Swallow Road. The theme was "Women of God: Arise".
The keynote speaker at the conference was Jim Jacobs of LDS Family Services. Jacobs made his presentation alongside stake president Russell McClure, and spoke to the women about several topics, including the dangers of pornography in the home.
Jacobs stated that at some time in their lives, everyone will be exposed to pornography, and the time to prepare our defenses against this evil is now. He said Church leaders have been warning members for many years to keep computers used by children in public places in the home, such as the family room. If allowed access to the internet in the privacy of their bedrooms, a child can be exposed to or endulge in pornographic material behind closed doors with parents completely unaware. President McClure noted that some children in the stake are having pornography addiction issues as young as eight years old.
Jacobs and President McClure cautioned the women to educate their children about sexual issues so they are properly informed. They should also clearly teach standards of modesty and chastity, and talk about these things often in the home. Children and teens should be able to comfortably discuss any questions or concerns they have with their parents when they encounter pornography or are tempted to view it.
The women were also directed to examine their homes closely and discard all forms of media that contain pornography in even its mildest forms, including video games, movies, and magazines. Television shows that even suggest inappropriate sexual relations should be immediately turned off.
Additional information, articles, scriptural references and additional materials regarding this matter are available online.
Women at the conference also took part in classes ranging from nurturing youth to prioritizing spiritual matters. They also participated in a blood drive conducted by Poudre Valley Hospital. Inspirational closing remarks were offered by stake Relief Society president Lynette Hanks.