Selected Teachings on
The Effect of Immodesty on Men

Spencer W. Kimball (President)

I wonder if our young sisters realize the temptation they are flaunting before young men when they leave their bodies partly uncovered. They frequently wear short skirts and body-revealing blouses and sweaters that seem to be worn to draw attention to the form of the girl and to emphasize sexuality. (Faith Precedes the Miracle, p.163)

Dallin H. Oaks (Quorum of the Twelve)

Young women, please understand that if you dress immodestly, you are… becoming pornography to some of the men who see you. (Ensign, April 2005)

Mark E. Petersen (Quorum of the Twelve)

Is there any reason why Latter-day Saints, nearly three million strong, have to go around like sheep, following the disgusting fashions of the world?  Why should Latter-day Saint women and girls expose themselves by immodest dress, either in short skirts or tight blouses or however else you want to mention it.

I tell you, ladies, you are not made lovely by short skirts; when you stoop over or when you sit down, especially, are you not made lovely by short skirts.  It is a very serious matter.  Many a boy who has lost his virtue has confessed to me that short skirts and other exposures gave him the temptation that started him on his way down.  No womancertainly no Latter-day Saint womanhas the right to tempt any young man.  You don't have the right; and if you tempt others by exposing yourself, God will hold you to account for it. (Relief Society Conference, Hyde Park Chapel, London, England, May 27, 1967)


Since the sanctity of the body is so related to the sanctity of sex, why make the body so common?  Why expose to the public eye this sacred thing which is the temple of God?  I tell you, girls, when you expose your bodies, whether on the dance floor, or otherwise, you do yourselves a great injustice, and you likewise do your boyfriend an injury.  I wish you girls could sit behind the curtain sometimes when we have private interviews with boys, and these boys really express themselves, man to man, about how they feel concerning modesty of dress.  I have talked to many of these boys. Some of them have told me that their moral downfall began with a girl's immodest dress.  They were tempted, right on the dance floor, just by what they could see, just by what was not properly covered up. (Toward a Better Life, p. 125)