LDS (“Mormon”) Values: Language
ow you speak says much about who you are. Clean and intelligent language is evidence of a bright and wholesome mind. Use language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others. Do not insult others or put them down, even in joking. Speak kindly and positively about others so you can fulfill the Lord’s commandment to love one another. When you use good language, you invite the Spirit to be with you.
Always use the names of God and Jesus Christ with reverence and respect. Misusing their names is a sin. Profane, vulgar, or crude language or gestures, as well as jokes about immoral actions, are offensive to the Lord and to others. Foul language harms your spirit and degrades you. Do not let others influence you to use it.
Choose friends who use good language. Help others around you use clean language by your example and by good-naturedly encouraging them to choose other words. Politely walk away or change the subject when others around you use bad language.
If you have developed the habit of swearing, you can break it. Begin by making a decision to change. Pray for help. If you start to use words you know are wrong, keep quiet or say what you have to say in a different way (For the Strength of Youth, 14-15).
I have noticed the importance of language through my high school experiences. In high school, I grew to respect many of my teachers for their work ethic, their values, and their sacrifice in helping me to receive an education. However, that respect which took time and effort to grow, would always decrease when that very teacher I once respected used foul or offensive language. When a teacher used that language, I felt like our teacher-to-student relationship was tarnished and had to be built again from the beginning. These daily life lessons from my school years have taught me the importance of clean and uplifting language.
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