Music: The Forgotten Language of the Heart
18) POPULARITY: Since everyone listens to rock music does that make it OK?
James F. Stoddard III I believe that every feeling, every emotion that can be felt by man, can be expressed through music. Can it be that while we have been immersed in this medium, we have been seduced and distracted to forget its power for good or evil? My story with music begins when I […]
01) AUXILLARY: If music has been approved by a Church auxiliary does that make it OK? Should we compromise on rock music to not offend or drive away some of the youth?
Commentary Prophetic Statements Spencer W. Kimball We are different. We are a peculiar people. We hope we shall always be unusual and peculiar. . . . We need not follow the world in thought or action. We need not bow to pressures which restrain and limit and coerce. Our programs-music, drama, etc.-need not be the […]
04) SACRED ROCK: Should rock music accompany sacred words? Should gospel themes be tied to rock music in an attempt to attract youth?
Commentary The prophet Nephi gave true counsel regarding where we should put our faith and trust. Nephi taught that we should not put our trust in the arm of flesh, but solely in the Lord . The word of the Lord in scripture, personal revelation and the word of inspired leaders should be our anchor. […]
21) MONEY: What are the financial motives in the rock music industry?
Prophetic Statements First Presidency We feel it our responsibility to warn our people against the present-day wave of musical performances which are aimed at the destruction of sacred principles, which form the very foundation upon which we stand. One of these is the rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” We consider this musical a profane and […]
08) IMMORALITY: Does some rock music imitate sexual immorality? Can music lead to immoral behavior?
Commentary Prophetic Statements Spencer W. Kimball In circulation now are upward of a score of recordings in songs and recitations containing the vilest material. One such record was discovered in her home by a zealous mother. The waxing had been hidden in the room of her daughter, age 15. It was placed in the hands […]
12) STROBES AND DARKNESS: Can darkness and strobe lights associated with rock music be destructive?
Prophetic Statements Brigham Young It is the privilege of the Saints to enjoy every good thing, for the earth and its fulness belong to the Lord, and he has promised all to his faithful Saints; but it must be enjoyed without spirit of covetousness and selfishness—without the spirit of lust, and in the spirit of […]
02) BEAT: Can the heavy beat of music be detrimental? What about the rock offbeat? Can the backbeat be dangerous? Can the beat of music be detrimental to both body and Spirit?
Commentary Prophetic Statements Ezra Taft Benson Attend dances where the music and the lighting and the dance movements are conducive to the Spirit.   Youth leaders, are you holding aloft our standards, or have you compromised them for the lowest common denominator in order to appease the deceived or vile within the Church? Are […]
Prophetic Statements David O. McKay You inquired as to what is wrong with electronic bands. I am informed that moderate and modest music can be played by electronic bands, but I also understand that most electronic bands have a very loud beat which is inconsistent with the standards we desire to have observed; also, that […]