Counsel for Latter-day Saint singles on kissing

President Spencer W. Kimball said: “Kissing has been prostituted and has degenerated to develop and express lust instead of affection, honor and admiration. To kiss in casual dating is asking for trouble. What do kisses mean when handed out like pretzels and robbed of sacredness?”

If you're like me, your first response was probably, "Who goes around handing out pretzels?" The answer is, of course, pretzel vendors. Which means that President Kimball was simply giving a much-needed reiteration of the Biblical ban on prostitution.

Actually, I put some thought into this, and I believe President Kimball’s point was that pretzels are a trifling snack attributing no emotional significance. For example, suppose I had this bag of pretzels, which is nearly as endless as my capacity to kiss. Unscrupulously, I would gladly share this bag with anyone. Shucks, I’d share this bag of pretzels all evening with a stranger I fully intended to never see again. I believe this is the attitude President Kimball meant to discourage us from applying to kissing.

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