Those who have listened to music understand well the impact it can have on the mind and spirit. Positive, uplifting music can bring feelings of happiness and peace. The hymns of the Church are a key part of worship and invite the Spirit of the Lord. They can be especially helpful in controlling one’s thoughts. In contrast, unwholesome, negative music can encourage inappropriate thoughts and behavior. As with other forms of media, Church members are encouraged to be careful in their choice of music.
For the Strength of Youth, a Church publication for young men and young women, contains the following universally applicable counsel concerning music:
“Music is an important and powerful part of life. It can be an influence for good that helps you draw closer to Heavenly Father. However, it can also be used for wicked purposes. Unworthy music may seem harmless, but it can have evil effects on your mind and spirit.
“Choose carefully the music you listen to. Pay attention to how you feel when you are listening. Don’t listen to music that drives away the Spirit, encourages immorality, glorifies violence, uses foul or offensive language, or promotes Satanism or other evil practices” (“Music and Dancing,” 20).
“Where Music Leads”
“Stand Ye in Holy Places—Bloom Where You’re Planted”
“Jenny Oaks Baker Shares Testimony”
“The Song of the Heart”
“Music,” Handbook 2, 14
“Music and Dancing,” For the Strength of Youth
“Changing My Music,” youth.ChurchofJesusChrist.org
“Using Objects, Pictures, and Sacred Music,” Teaching the Gospel: A CES Training Resource for Teaching Improvement, chapter 35
“Music Quotes,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org
“Christmas in Paris,” New Era, December 2016
“Music in My Life,” New Era, July 2015
“Helpful Music Resources,” Ensign, July 2015
“Let Your Music Speak,” New Era, February 2014
“Teaching For the Strength of Youth: Music and Dancing,” Ensign, September 2013
“The Power of Music,” New Era, March 2012
“Blessing Our Lives and Homes with Sacred Music,” Ensign, July 2001
“FYI: For Your Info,” New Era, May 1994
“A Closer Look at Popular Music,” Ensign, March 1985
“Music: Apples or Onions?” New Era, April 1984
“Music,” Lesson Helps for Teaching Children