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What Your Parents Didn't Tell You about Sex: An LDS Guide to Sexual Intimacy

Problems in the sexual relationship are one of the top reasons that couples get divorced, both inside and outside of the Church. Many faithful members have sought out counsel and direction from books, bishops, and therapists. Yet a large portion still complains of low levels of sexual satisfaction or dysfunction, which pull at the marital bond and covenant marriage.

Dr. Anthony A. Hughes, LMFT, is a noted sex therapist and devoted member of the LDS church. In What Your Parents Didn't Tell You about Sex, he shares his vast knowledge and clinical experience for LDS couples who seek to improve their sexual satisfaction, strengthen their marital bond, and glorify God through their sexual union. He has put together the best that research, theory, and thousands of hours practicing sex therapy have to offer.

Focusing strictly on what all the other LDS books on sexual intimacy have missed, Dr. Hughes goes into respectful but needed detail concerning sexual practices between husband and wife. He covers the impact of LDS culture on sexuality, underrepresented aspects of the sexual response cycle, psychological and physical differences disconnecting couples, myths and facts, common problems and solutions, and the impact of sexual addiction on marital intimacy.

 

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5stars

Great book that has all kinds of information that I wish I had had when I got married. Great insight into the differences between men's and women's sexual responses and triggers. I love the straight-forward tone that he wrote this with and the level of detail he goes into regarding solutions to specific challenges many couples face. I have learned some of the things Dr. Hughes talks about through experience with my wife over the years, but I wish I would have had this to read when we first got married. I also picked up many things that will help me improve my relationship with my wife for many years to come. I will be giving this book to my children just before they get married so that they can gain insights right from the start that took years for me to figure out.

5stars

This is an amazing book. There is very little written by active LDS members that addresses common sexuality issues. Mormon culture is typically very conservative, however, we as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, LDS, still have many of the same issues as the rest of the world. It is refreshing that Dr. Hughes has addressed this need. I highly recommend "What Your Parents Didn't Tell You About Sex" as required reading material for young single adults and married couples before marriage, during early years of relationships, and later in life. Thank you for your work!

5stars

The author covers much need-to-know information for LDS members who, as is common in Mormon culture, have not received thorough or adequate sexual education or instruction sufficient for them to function in their previously-unknown and unrealized sexual relationship with their spouse. I would recommend this book to all newly-wed members of the LDS faith, or any faith, for that matter, as they will be given knowledge they can use to realize the potential they have to experience a fulfilling, healthy relationship with their spouse, sexually, and otherwise.

What Your Parents Didn't Tell You about Sex Dr. Anthony A. Hughes, LMFT, is a noted sex therapist and devoted member of the LDS church. In What Your Parents Didn't Tell You about Sex, he shares his vast knowledge and clinical experience for LDS couples who seek to improve their sexual satisfaction, strengthen their marital bond, and glorify God through their sexual union. He has put together the best that research, theory, and thousands of hours practicing sex therapy have to offer.

Online references to material from What Your Parents Didn't Tell You about Sex: An LDS Guide to Sexual Intimacy:

Emotional and doctrine aspects of marital sex: Please refer to these books by LDS authors
Sexual Wholeness in Marriage
Between Husband and Wife
Becoming One
And They Were Not Ashamed

Prenatal Homologous structures and medical anatomy of man and women
Anatomy and Physiology Homologues of Reproductive Anatomy
The Reproductive System

Overcoming addiction: Please refer to these books on overcoming addiction
He Restoreth My Soul
Confronting Pornography
Sitting in a Rowboat Throwing Marbles at a Battleship
Love You, Hate the Porn
Out of the Shadows
What's the Big Deal About Pornography?
What Can I Do About Me?

 
 

Here is a list of our favorite links about presentations and resources for clients and visitors. If you have suggestions about other sites to include, send email to anthony@covenantsextherapy.com

 

SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS

12 Step Sexual Addiction Groups 12 Step recovery program for those with sexual addictions.

SA Lifeline  Built off of the SA program and traditional 12 steps with some additional help for application of the 12 steps.

 
 

ADDICTION RECOVERY PROGRAM SUPPORT

arppsupport.org

This program is not run by the LDS church, but provides great guidance and mentorship as one navigates through addiction recovery. You will have daily accountability and 12 step work with a sponsor that is in sobriety.

 

 
 

TESTIMONIALS

 
 
 

"Saved a 28-year marriage"

Anthony Hughes has many strengths as a therapist, but his ability to listen, validate, and quickly see the root cause of the issues are his greatest strength. None of us want to be in therapy forever. We want someone to help us see what we've been missing and get to the bottom of the problem. We want answers and we want results. Dr. Hughes communicates in a way that is understandable, and motivating. Each time we left therapy we had assignments to work on and felt empowered to be able to accomplish them. The growth was fast and lasting. With his help we have saved a 28-year marriage. The affairs and sex-addiction have ended, and a healthy, loving, responsive, relationship has returned.

We all have to be reminded of why we came together as a couple in the first place. When serious problems occur, the answer isn't always divorce. Sometimes we just have to start talking again, and understand why needs have not been met. Dr. Hughes helps you get to that place and experience the love you felt in the beginning of your relationship.

Thank you Dr. Hughes!

Mr. and Mrs. Finally Enjoying Each Other Again
Anonymous couple married almost 30 years
Provo, Utah

"Highly recommend Covenant Sex Therapy!"

Anthony is a top notch therapist. He instantly became my friend and I felt totally comfortable in all of my sessions with him. He is very knowledgeable and professional in his work. When I first contacted him, I wasn't sure whether sex therapy would be helpful, but a quick phone conversation with Anthony gave me confidence that I would be able to work through the issue I was having. Within a matter of about ten visits with him, my issue was completely resolved and the sexual relationship I have with my wife is much stronger and more satisfying for both of us now. I highly recommend Covenant Sex Therapy!

Anonymous couple married 2 years
Provo, Utah

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