Glittering empty boxes of nothing

On our way through West Virginia there was a conspicuous addition to the scenery: billboards for strip clubs and adult superstores. They have fancy words like “gentleman’s club” and “platinum” in an attempt to make them seem less sleazy.

The package may be gold foil with shiny ribbons, but get past the box and what is really inside? Nothing of substance. This business generates a lot of money peddling product that whets appetite and never satisfies.

A few scriptures come to mind:

Isaiah 29:8
It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.

2 Nephi 9:51
Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.

Alma 41:9-10
And now behold, my son, do not risk one more offense against your God upon those points of doctrine, which ye have hitherto risked to commit sin.

Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.


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