“Help Stamp Out Bad Language,” Friend, Sept. 2012, 45
The boy who wrote the letter at the left is a real 11-year-old boy. When he made a mistake and used bad language in school, his parents asked him to do some research to find out what’s wrong with profanity. Here are some things he learned:
Profanity is language that is disrespectful, irreverent, and immodest. It doesn’t have to be a swear word.
What’s wrong with profanity and crude language?
It shows disrespect for others.
It can easily turn a conversation into an argument.
It shows immaturity and a lack of imagination.
It hurts others.
Bad language includes profanity, rude or crude words, immodest words, and swear words.
Before you speak, ask yourself:
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Would I use these words if the Savior were standing beside me?