about it, so they disfellowshipped him for “conduct unbecoming a member.”

Another good buddy of mine was excommunicated because
The entire ward assumed things about him based on the fact
that he enjoyed being innocently bare.
But not all reactions from Church leaders are negative.
There is 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 collectively and were barred from the university. Their bishop asked them one question: “Was it sexual?”
When their reply was no, he quickly interceded and got

them readmitted.
Reactions of local leaders are unpredictable because there is
no official Church stand on naturism. This is as it should be.
Naturism is one of those problems where members should do
their own study and prayer and seek their own responses from
the Spirit. Indeed, if you speak with many Mormon naturists,
You’ll find that they have received powerful religious witnesses about their practice.

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HIS IS WHAT I have found from my previous eight years of
Fully being a naturist: Naturism is modest in the correct settings. It diffuses lust. It nurtures trust and recognition
among folks. It educates a healthy approach toward the person
body and treats body shame. It educates kids and helps
them develop healthier approaches in their own relationships with the
opposite gender. It even protects them from predators because
They’re more open about their bodies and are more prone to
report questionable behaviour.
I have seen nudism help people recover from pornography addictions . Naturism provides positive, wholesome images of the human body. Naturist kids have their fascination
about the human body satisfied in safe, controlled surroundings under adult supervision rather than stealing peeks at
pornography with their pals. Adults who ultimately experience
the difference between pornographic pictures of the individual
body and innocent images available through nudism can see
the ugliness in the pornographic image. It begins to lose its appeal.
These are the things I Have learned in the eight years I Have been
a Mormon nudist. I am as converted to these beliefs as any
Mormon is to the teachings of Joseph Smith.
Yet I can’t share these discoveries with my fellow Saints. As
I have sat in never-ending lesson after lesson, sermon after sermon on
the ills of pornography and saw the efforts of Church
leaders to combat this difficulty largely fail, I anguish to know I
have a straightforward remedy that can help many people cure, but I
have to make sure that it remains to myself.

THE MODESTY BLOG
By Paul Swenson
Modesty’s the hottest
Theme in the Bloggernacle.
The body is a tabernacle
and must be covered
by a sack or tent,
in order to prevent
the baring of a shoulder,
or of skin above
an elderly woman’s ankle.
If you are female,
what you are wearing
may be sin, if it inflames
the lust of Mormon males,
whose solitary struggle
with testosterone entails
that they avert their eyes,
or disguise recognition of
a girl’s breasts or thighs.
Not only men are penitent
about forbidden thoughts
that may arise from
tight, revealing clothing.
“Heterosexual Married
Girl” writes that she
is flustered by immodesty.
“Won’t notice breasts of
women clad in modest tees,”
she says. “But please prevent
a clingy shift—particularly
if it’s cold. Catch http://x-nudism.com/community/nudist ?”

When slogging through
the product of male blogs,
observe a certain reticence
to estimate appropriateness
of manly dress—except
the rightness of white tops
and ties. Which leaves men
free to consider indecent
penchants of their partners.
Tim scathingly whines
he can’t picture why their
Moms can’t refrain from
dressing little girls in twopiece bathing suits. Another
dense galoot alludes to
a distressing prevalence
of “non—wife nudity.”
Forgive my rudeness,
if I see beauty in the person
form—and do not 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
who sculpted us to model
God and Goddess may find
idolatrous and pat, fixation
on false modesty. Blog that.

Some bloggers hasten
to admit a secret
yearning for a sundress,
or self consciously disclose
they burn to wear J. Crew,
as liberated women do.
A few still grieve they
bought the obligation
to venerate the sleeve
as sanctified, when they
Set on the Mormon
vestments of a bride.

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

JULY 2008

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The Origin of Nudity
in Greek Athletics*
John Mouratidis
Associate Professor of Physical Education
University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece

Some scholars who’ve written on the issue of nudity in Greek athletic contest
have neglected to inquire the ancient period and quite intelligibly