Thursday, November 04, 2004

Light-mindedness, loud laughter and other such covenants

I'm a Mormon (yes I am!) and in being a Mormon, I strongly believe in making and keeping covenants with the Lord. It is one of the foundational doctrines of the church and central to our ability to become like God. Because of this, I take my covenants very seriously.
We make quite a few covenants in this life including the ones mentioned in the title of this post and I do not want to mess them up. The difficult part is knowing where to draw the line when it comes to vague wording such as avoiding loud laughter, light-mindedness, that I never speak guile, or any other unholy or impure practice. How do I know what fits into these categories and what does not?
I ask this question because I live with five other single, 23 year old virgins. One of them is engaged, one has a girlfriend and the rest of us are very single. This type of atmosphere is conducive to a lot of dirty talk and dirty jokes, as well as a growing amount of harsh language.
Part of the problem is a lot of it really is quite funny and easy to feed off of for more laughs, but that does not make it right. These are good, active members who have all served faithful missions for the church who know it is not Christ-like, but there is no incentive strong enough in the church to keep them from continuing; especially in the privacy of their own home. (This kind of ties in Rusty's post on pornography)
I don't want to turn this into a debate (much like asking "What's considered keeping the Sabbath Day holy") that will be of no good to anyone, but the question begs to be answered. Where is the line drawn?