Jurors question Arias on Mormon sex laws

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Jurors question Arias on Mormon sex laws

Arias describes sex with Travis on baptism day

Arias describes sex with Travis on baptism day

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Many of the jury’s questions so far in the Jodi Arias trial have involved the Mormon church’s stance on premarital sex.

Arias testified this week that Travis Alexander told her it was OK under the Mormon Law of Chastity to have premarital oral and anal sex, just not vaginal sex. Arias converted to Mormonism two months after meeting Alexander in 2007.

Read more: HLN's live blog of Wednesday's testimony

On Tuesday, one of the jurors asked Arias if she had read the Book of Mormon and whether it mentioned the church’s Law of Chastity.

Arias replied that she has read the book several times, and it does not explicitly mention the Law of Chastity.

Read more: Are the jurors skeptical of Arias' story?

Earlier in the trial, Arias testified that she realizes Alexander’s interpretation of the Law of Chastity was wrong.

“It just seemed like he sort of had like a 'Bill Clinton' version,” Arias said about Alexander. “Oral and anal sex were also sex to me, but not for him.”

Clinton famously testified in a 1998 deposition that he did not have "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, although Lewinsky testified that she and the president did things that many people consider to be sex.

According to Arias’ testimony, she and Alexander, an active member of the Mormon church, went further and further, eventually having vaginal sex as well.

The Mormon church takes premarital sex very seriously. The Mormon church’s website says the Law of Chastity dictates that people should not have “sexual relations" before they are married. “Breaking this law is serious. But those who have broken it can gain forgiveness and peace through repentance and obedience,” according to a statement on the website.

The website also allows Mormons to comment on what the Law of Chastity means to them.

John commented, "The Law of Chastity is total abstinence before marriage and total fidelity after marriage. Obedience to this law brings peace, comfort, and health. It is the Lord's law for a happy fulfilling life. The first commandment given to Adam in the Garden of Eden was to multiply and replenish the earth. The 7th of Moses' 10 commandments sets boundaries on that commandment to not commit adultery. The adversary is trying by many means to break up families and tear down the moral fiber of society. Living the Law of Chastity helps build trust and strengthen love in a home and family. It is a wonderful blessing to live this law and feel a bond to a loving spouse."

Vance commented, "Don't have sex before marriage (sic)."

Alexander seemed to have a loose interpretation of the meaning of “sexual relations,” according to Arias. In fact, Arias testified that on the day Alexander baptized Arias into the Mormon religion, they had anal sex at her apartment.

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