Gender, Sex and The Eternal Human Soul
This essay is my observation regarding some of the things I have learned from being married for almost four decades, raising eight children, counseling with others as an ecclesiastical leader and reading and attending educational and leadership seminars and other life experiences. I will cover some of the understandings that I have had over my lifetime. I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 17 years old. My opinions reflect my religious theology but are of course are my own and are not to be construed as anything on behalf of the church.
From a Latter-Day Saint perspective I believe that the soul is the spirit united with a body. At present it is the union of our spirit with this physical mortal body. Unique to LDS theology we understand that the spirits of all men and women are the literal offspring of God. Theological doctrines of mainstream orthodox Bible scholars teaches that we are simply pawn like creations brought into existence out of nothing.
Before our birth and after our death we see endless and beginningless existence which is a time of no time. If we are here for an eternal purpose our current state of existence demonstrates that it does entail the necessity of a physical mortality and a body such as we have. Otherwise we would not be here like we are.
Our personal growth as eternal beings can only happen when the body and spirit are subjected to challenges and stresses. Although it may not seem like it, the oppositions, illnesses and aging we face in life strengthen us in ways we may not fully comprehend. We do in fact live by faith. We go to school to learn, we exercise to get strong. These and many more obstacles are faced as we seek to become better at the things we choose to pursue that pertain to our spiritual nature.
When we die, the body and spirit are separated for a time. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ the spirit and the elements of the body will be united together again. At this time, the final resurrection, the body will be perfected and glorified to varying degrees according to the person’s willingness to learn eternal principles and follow them.
Our intelligence is a fundamental or elemental form of eternal light, truth, spirit or energy of which at the current time we have limited theology regarding it. God did not create it but through his power and eternal plan he brings us to a state of existence capable of learning, living and forming relationships and acting on our own eternal will.
A veil of forgetting was placed on us as we came from God's presence. Now we act as we choose without force or influence other than our exposure to truth and error, in other words, exposure to the knowledge of good and evil. By choosing good we develop in such a way that our will aligns with our eternal potential to become like our creator.
The eternal nature of the consequences of sin have been overcome so that we don’t have to suffer the negative effects if we repent or change. Our Savior, Jesus Christ brings this opportunity for change to occur and for our spirit to heal, to gain or regain the desire and willingness to learn eternal principles and follow them. This frees us in the most profound way to receive what God desires to give us.
When subjected to opposition through exercise the body will break down muscle tissue and with proper nutrition become stronger. Some people become obsessed with this process. In coming to earth our spirit is exposed to opposition in many forms. Through this life which is a step in our eternal journey we learn things and become stronger as well.
Our intelligence, whatever level we each might possess allows us the element of self-determination. Our intelligence is a self-existent form of light and truth, an eternal spark of energy of some kind. It was not it created out of nothingness as taught by certain theological philosophies of man.
The nature of this intimacy is founded on eternal principles. Because of our fallen nature our understanding of its proper application to happiness must be learned. There are many teachers and promoters of philosophies based on a few years of advanced education and some decades of experience. Such are the philosophies of men and their opinions. They end at death.
This is how fetishes, perverse ideas and any ideas for that matter develop if one continues to think about them. Many times however, curiosity as an innocent child can lead to experiences that form neural connections that are central emotions and feelings that we revert to that can remain a part of our experience into adolescence and adulthood. We may think they are a part of us until we become aware that we do have the power to change them.
If love, trust and respect are at the core of a relationship its chance for success is higher. Such is not the case in relationships built on selfish foundations and indulgences.
From what I have observed, many if not most of us will be exposed to some kind of trauma, scene, abuse or experience that is negative regarding sex and sexuality. It is part of the opposition that will likely happen as we live in the fallen world.
Even if a parent could teach a child perfect principles, the outcome would still be uncertain as the encounters of the child will always be subject to the agency or freedom of choice of the child and the amorality of society. Because life is a learning experience, humans don't really have any right to judge another for where they are in their respective journey.
Neurological connections are hardwired from experiences and our reaction to them. These feelings can form as we live unaware of what is taking place until we develop the self-awareness to control them. Our likes, emotions, dislikes, addictions, attractions and personalities can change with a concerted effort to do so, Some are more difficult than others. All are developed by the way we responded to the stimulus we encounter in our life’s journey.