Jason Evert, national chastity speaker, presents to students at Beckman, Dec. 5.

Beckman Catholic seventh graders through seniors gathered in the auditorium Dec. 5 as Jason Evert spoke to them about chastity. Evert has traveled the world presenting to high school and college students for around two decades.

His message to these younger generations is not the message of fear that is usually used when talking about sex. Instead, he relays stories he has been told over the years from real-life experiences.

“It is about actually wanting heaven for someone you love,” Evert said during his speech.

A common phrase used in today’s society is “sex sells,” and he said that this irritates him.

“I saw a Home Depot ad that said I can get sexy shutters,” he said. “I just kept thinking, why do shutters have to be sexy.”

He also spoke about an event that had personally affected his life. He told the story of a young lady who would write love letters to her future husband every time she felt a temptation. Years later, when she had finally met her husband and they were married, she gave him all the letters to read. Evert was the husband and his wife, Crystalina, was the person who had written all the letters.

“Are you willing to love and honor someone you have not met yet?” he said. “It is tough to think of someone you have not met yet, but your future husband or wife is out there somewhere.”

Continuing to save yourself for your future spouse was a message that he preached. Evert provided scientific statistics about waiting. The numbers indicated that waiting is beneficial to marriages. He said that people who get married and are not virgins have a 70% divorce rate.

A study conducted over the last 28 years with high school students showed that sexual activity rates have declined. According to the study, 39% of students in high school have had sex, and that number has decreased over the years. The rates among boys is going down twice as fast, and two out of every three students who had sex wishes that they would’ve waited longer.

“People want to find love,” Evert said, “but they do not know how to find it. If you have to lower your standards in the human to find love, it is not love you are finding.”