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Profanity Makes Ignorance Audible

"You cannot hide the heart, when the mouth is open."

President Brigham Young

"Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people."

Author Unknown

"Maintain your rank, profanity despise,
To swear is neither brave, polite, nor wise."

William Cowper

"The manner of jesting ought not to be extravagant or immoderate, but refined and witty...There are, generally speaking, two sorts of jests: the one, coarse, rude, vicious, indecent; the other polite, refined, clever, witty (which), if well timed, is becoming to the most dignified person. The other is unfit for any gentlemen."


"Cease to contend one with another; cease to speak evil one of another...and let your words tend to edifying one another."

D&C 136:23-24

"Profanity makes ignorance audible."

"General Authorities of the Church have defined profanity to include the following:

(1) blasphemy (irreverent use of the Lord's name);
(2) swearing;
(3) vulgarity (coarse jokes, foul stories, lewd words);
(4) use of the Lord's name without proper authority; and
(5) any type of filthiness in speech that is degrading and soul-destroying."

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, "Profanity,"

"Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly."

President Spencer W. Kimball

"We have no time for contention. We only have time to be about our Father's business. Contend with no man. Conduct yourselves...with calmness and conviction and I promise you success...Ours is to conscientiously avoid being abrasive in our presentations and declarations."

Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, May 1978, p. 7-8

"Have the same courtesy in your homes that you have when you are out in society. Thank your wives; thank your children; and say, 'If you please,' 'Excuse me.' These little things mean so much and make life so much sweeter."

David O. McKay - Improvement Era, December 1968, p. 109

"The tongue is the most dangerous, destructive, and deadly weapon available to man...We never gain anything or improve our own character by trying to tear down another."

N. Eldon Tanner, Ensign, July 1972, pp. 35, 36

"Contention...drives the Spirit of the Lord away...Contention ranges from a hostile spoken word to worldwide conflicts."

President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1989, p. 6

"Practice speaking in a soft, calm voice. The peaceful life can best be attained not by those who speak with a voice of "great tumultuous noise" but by those who follow the Savior's example and speak with a "still voice of perfect mildness."

Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, May 1978, p. 9

"No one needs to be grouchy. No one needs to be unpleasant."

Mark E. Petersen, Improvement Era, December 1961, p. 941

"Whenever you get red in the face, whenever you raise your voice, whenever you get "Hot under the collar," or angry,...know that the Spirit of God is leaving you and the spirit of Satan is beginning to take over.

At times we may feel justified in arguing or fighting...Do not be deceived...You can recognize the Spirit of Christ within you when you speak to one another or speak of another person with a warm smile instead of with a frown or scowl."

Theodore M. Burton - Ensign, November 1974, p. 56

"The words we speak are important. The Savior taught that men will be held to account for 'every idle word' in the day of judgment."

Dallin H. Oaks - Ensign, May 1986, p. 51

"What I am speaking against is any attitude whatever that demeans, that downgrades, that leads to evil speaking of another. In athletic contests there is no occasion for booing and catcalls.

Of course mistakes are made by umpires and referees. Of course players do things outside the rules. But the score will not be changed by all the booing in the world."

Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, November 1981, p. 41

"Any man who tries to find humor at the expense of that which is sacred to another is deeply flawed in character. Shame on those who stoop to such actions in the name of fun and on those who witness and laugh."

Gordon B. Hinckley - Ensign, November 1983, p. 74

"Truly the Lord hears everything we say during a day, not only those words that are addressed specifically to Him. Make everything you say today worthy of His overhearing."

From the book: God's Little Devotional for Graduates

"Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled."

From the book: God's Little Devotional for Graduates