The endowment has been changed several times over the past 150 years. When I got my endowment I covenanted – “to have no sexual intercourse” with anyone I wasn’t legally married to. The covenant now says – “no sexual relations”.
There is a big difference between the two. (Not considering Bill Clinton’s definition). There are a lot of sexual relations someone can have without actually having intercourse. A minor question that comes to my mind is where is the line for what would be considered sexual relations?
My major question is “What difference does it make?” Under the old covenant a married man could have sexual relations with another woman (the definition of adultery) and still not be breaking the covenant. I don’t think that makes it ok, or makes him worthy to go to the Celestial Kingdom. I don’t think he could get away with the excuse “I didn’t break my covenant”. Is he under less condemnation? Maybe but what difference does that make either?
So did we really need this change? Are the other changes really necessary either?