10) VOLUME: Can the intensity and loudness of music be detrimental to the Spirit?


Prophetic Statements

Ezra Taft Benson

Don’t listen to music that is degrading. “Music can . . . by its intensity . . . dull the spiritual sensitivity of men (and women). Young people, you cannot afford to fill your minds with this unworthy, hard music of our day.” [1] [2]

Satan uses many tools to weaken and destroy the home and family and especially our young people. Today, as never before, it seems the devil’s thrust is directed at our youth. A letter from a concerned father, a well-informed teacher of youth, about the evil effects of some popular music is one of many:

Music creates atmosphere. Atmosphere creates environment. Environment influences behavior. What are the mechanics of this process?

. . .

Loudness adds to muddling the mind. Sound magnified to the threshold of pain is of such physical violence as to block the higher processes of thought and reason. (And turning down the volume of this destructive music does not remove the other evils.) [3]


Rock Artists

Supporting Statements

  1. “Inspiring Music-Worthy Thoughts,” Ensign 4 [January 1974]: 25
  2. Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988], 326
  3. Ezra Taft Benson, God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974], 244
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