[Note: The following text was taken verbatim from the “M Men-Gleaner Manual, Love, Marriage, and You” used in 1956-1957. Previous entries in this series can be found here.]
Chastity and You
During World War II two soldiers, Tom and Vince, were off duty for six hours in a small French town. Both were in their early twenties and were morally clean. They sauntered about the streets in the dusk of the evening and then stopped for some food in a dimmed-out eating place. Two girls were seated at a table nearby and smiled at them in a friendly way. Before long, the girls came over to their table and started a simple conversation in broken English. Tom and Vince did not give them any encouragement and the girls finally left the eating place. However, as they arose to leave, one of the girls handed Tom a card with an address and telephone number on it.
As soon as the girls had gone, Tom suggested that they follow them to their rooms. Vince flatly refused, with the statement, “I’m a Mormon, and God and my Church tell me that’s wrong.”
Tom replied, “Ah, just this once. We’re due to go to the front lines soon, and no one will know anything about it.”
Vince quickly retorted, “God and my conscience always know what I do, and besides I believe that Sally (his fiance at home) and I will be happier in marriage if I don’t.”
Tom was convinced. In fact, an hour or two later he nudged Vince and said, “I’m glad you are with me. You have helped me to do what is right.”
1. What worth-while lessons are illustrated by this incident?
2. Was Vince right in his belief that his own marriage would be happier if he didn’t go to the rooms of these girls?