I couldn't believe how perfect this essay was. It emulated my frustration of how vague the Church was on this topic. Best of all though, it answered every question I could ever have. It describes how sex is for pleasure as well as for procreation. That wasn't a huge question in my mind, but I think after years and years of thinking of sex as a bad thing, the idea that I should get pleasure out of it just flat out seemed wrong. It talks about how the use of contraceptives is okay and is a personal choice to be decided between husband, wife and the Lord. This is one I had already made a decision on but I know for a fact that it is something that weighs heavily on the minds of people I know. To answer my biggest question, it better states what is okay and what isn't okay sexually in marriage. I already knew the answer. I knew that it is a personal decision and whatever you are comfortable and happy with is okay, but it never really sunk in. Part of me was determined that the Lord Must disapprove of some things. I felt a huge weight lift off of my shoulders as this essay at last was able solidify in my mind that I was okay and that I have done nothing wrong. Finally, and I think this is actually the most important of all the many things this essay discusses, is the topic of teaching our children about their bodies and about sex in a positive light. If I could make my children's lives easier, happier, by helping them to enter their marriages with only positive feelings towards sex, I will feel I have done such a great thing. Sex is supposed to be wonderful, incredible, and a sweet blessing from our Heavenly Father. It is sad then, that most LDS couples enter their marriages with a whole lot of negative feelings towards it due to the constant negative bombardment of their childhoods.
This essay isn't perfect. It isn't a General Authority and it isn't doctrine. But it rings true to me. I believe Mackelprang truly wishes to help LDS couples to understand that sex is okay, to help them to understand that they are doing nothing wrong, and to help them remove any unnecessary guilt that they may be feeling. He calls to the Church to provide more information and to be more positive about sex because he truly cares about all of the people who are confused and broken. I hope that in sharing it I may be able to help people too. I know it most definitely helped me.