All are vulnerable to threat of infidelity

Standing in front of an audience of more than 100 Mormon mental heath professionals, Liz Hales, a licensed clinical psychologist, delved into her nearly two-hour lecture with alarm: "Dear fellow colleagues, you are in danger of having an affair," she said somberly.

She spoke at the spring conference of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists on April 1.

Hales said she believes every couple is vulnerable to infidelity -- be it sexual or emotional -- if individuals aren't actively curbing all the subtle and often innocent beginnings of unfaithfulness that can emerge.

"We make the mistake of thinking (marital) vows will keep us safe; and they don't," she said. She also said couples should not depend on love, temple marriage and similarities to keep a couple together. It's not enough. Staying together takes work.

"We are all vulnerable," she said.

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