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Music can have an impact 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. 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.

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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 can enrich your life. It can edify and inspire you and help you draw closer to Heavenly Father. Music has a profound effect on your mind, spirit, and behavior.

“Choose carefully the music you listen to. Pay attention to how you feel when you are listening. Some music can carry evil and destructive messages. Do not listen to music that encourages immorality or glorifies violence through its lyrics, beat, or intensity. Do not listen to music that uses vulgar or offensive language or promotes evil practices. Such music can dull your spiritual sensitivity” (“Music and Dancing,” 22).

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Learning Resources

General Resources

Music,” Handbook 2, 14

Music and Dancing,” For the Strength of Youth

Using Objects, Pictures, and Sacred Music,” Teaching the Gospel: A CES Training Resource for Teaching Improvement, chapter 35

Music Quotes,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org

Church Magazines

Alison L. Randall, “Christmas in Paris,” New Era, December 2016

Sabrina de Sousa Teixeira, “Music in My Life,” New Era, July 2015

Marissa Widdison, “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

Mindy Raye Friedman, “The Power of Music,” New Era, March 2012

Blessing Our Lives and Homes with Sacred Music,” Ensign, July 2001

Tamara Leatham Bailey, “FYI: For Your Info,” New Era, May 1994

Lex de Azevedo, “A Closer Look at Popular Music,” Ensign, March 1985

Jack R. Christianson, “Music: Apples or Onions?New Era, April 1984

Study Manuals

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Cultural Event Celebrates Church’s Latin American Heritage,” Newsroom

Worldwide Church Leaders Share Messages of Hope at First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional,” Newsroom

Latter-day Saints, Baptists Worship Together at Christmas Jubilee,” Newsroom

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Power of Music—Mac Strong & Matt Bardsley,” For the Youth, episode 23

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