I love this talk. It's truly amazing and changed my life many years ago. But, I find myself echoing the thought of other reviews because I don't want to pay for the talk. I'm really wishing that I knew what happened to my copy. Hopefully I can find it because I don't want to pay for it. But it's definitely worth having! The talk itself is definitely 5 stars, I'm just bummed speeches doesn't have it anymore, hence the 3 star review.
This is one of the most powerful and influential talks I've ever read. I do not understand why the Church does not offer MP3 downloads on the BYU website, as it does with many other sermons.
Elder Holland's talks are always deep, cut to the core of the doctrine, and powerful. This is one of his best talks, and should be read by everyone who wants to understand the meaning of temple covenants and how we use them in our daily lives.
I heard this talk referenced in two other BYU speeches, and finally found it online.
I hate to complain about this as part of the review on the talk, but want to express that I am highly disappointed that BYU Broadcasting did not have this talk available on their website--something about a change in the talk and how it needed to be sold by DB. It seems that Deseret Book has now monopolized the market and the only way to access these talks is to purchase them via Deseret Book. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth that messages such as these must be bought and purchased rather than available for the general public. I don't have a problem with charging money if the talk has been neatly packaged into a book with covers, etc., but to dominate the talk by making it unavailable elsewhere is surely not a good precedent. Hopefully there is an explanation for this better than that the talk was changed and needed to be re-published.
This talk is great for teens and young adults, but also for married couples as well. Elder Holland's insight to purity and chastity carries the truth of what he says to my heart. Would be very valuable for teaching children.
If you're looking for a FHE lesson for your children on the Law of Chasity---look not further. This is the best thing available-- Elder Holland is always so loving and remarkable in his teaching methods. My husband and I love to watch it as constant reminders--- it's better than the other version you get in every TV show and movie.
After listening to Elder Holland, it is frightening to think of what the world has made of personal purity and human intimacy. Elder Holland presents a striking contrast of the meaning of Personal purity. Understanding through 'Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments' will give you a greater desire to keep this commandment as you discover your divine worth and the sacred power within you.
I have loaned my copy out so many times, (I finally purchased an extra copy for that purpose.) Those I have suggested the book to, have always said it was a great book on the subject matter. That the positive manner in which the subject is approached, makes it that much easier to follow.