Brothers and Sisters I speak today to the precious youth of the church - though this talk will be equally applicable to their parents. While driving home from meeting a fellow network and referral marketing partner the other day I decided that instead of listening to my usual Mormon Tabernacle choir CD’s, I would turn on the radio to see what ‘the world’ is listening too.
I came across a music station and was utterly shocked at what I heard. While sitting in traffic I managed to scribble down some of the artist’s names and their words. My notes may not be precisely accurate but they do accurately portray the gist of what is being sung in these the latter-days.
The first song was by a woman named Rinahanna (or something similar) who used these words “It feels so good being bad, there's no way I'm turning back..... oh, you turn me on...” I was absolutely dumbfounded!! Satan must be laughing with glee as he inspires these songs and sees us listening to them. As a stake president I can assure you that in opposition to the message of this song being bad never feels good. You cannot do wrong and feel right – it is completely contrary to the plan of happiness.
Then a song came on from a woman that according to my notes is named Katy Sperry who sung about how she kissed another girl! And not only that but she claims to have actually liked it! Again this is completely opposite to the message of the gospel that the savior would have us teach.
While on the subject of kissing I would just like to clarify that in some circumstances a kiss may be appropriate. President Kimball said: “Even if timely courtship justifies the kiss, it should be a clean, decent, sexless one like the kiss between mother and son, or father and daughter.” Please keep this counsel in mind.
Then a song by ‘Kesha’ came on which compared love to drugs. This is a comparison that should never be made. Some of the lyrics I wrote down were as follows “I won't listen to any advice, mamma's telling me to think twice - but left to my own devices I'm addicted, it’s a crisis. My friends think I've gone crazy, my judgment is getting kind of hazy” Here she is singing of the damaging results of taking drugs. The song has nothing to do with the pure love that Christ would have us have in our hearts.
She then ended the song with the words “I like your beard”. Full time missionaries, general authorities and stake presidents are required to be clean shaven at all times. I will take this opportunity to ask the young men and in fact all men within the sound of my voice to follow this Christ like example.
While still stuck in traffic a song by a certain Spritney Bears came on. As I was listening to it I inadvertently found myself clicking my fingers through no conscious effort of my own and my right foot tapped on the gas pedal to the point where I almost hit the car in front of me. This is a clear indication and warning to me about how Satan gets into our minds and hearts. Brothers and sisters we must shun these so-called artists.
Now I do not wish to give the impression that all of today’s music is bad. A song by James Blunt came on and the words were so inspiring that I took the time to look them up. I am sure that this man is a member of the church and that he was in fact singing about the restoration. This artist would make a better role model for our youth. Here is a link to his song so you can follow along
These are some of his words with my comments in brackets:
My life is brilliant (Here Blunt is referring to the brilliant light of Christ that shines within his soul. This we can all have).
My love is pure (here unlike Kesha he is singing of the pure love of Christ, also known as charity).
I saw an angel, of that I'm sure. (Here he is likely speaking of Joseph Smith’s vision when the resurrected angel
came, as prophesied in the book of revelation) Moroni
You're beautiful; it's true (all resurrected beings are beautiful)
And I don't know what to do, Cause I'll never be with you. (Here James Blunt is showing us a glimpse of the wailing and gnashing of teeth that await those who do not live up to the standards the Lord has set for us)
There must be an angel with a smile on her face, when she thought up that I should be with you. (This refers to the pre-mortal life wherein angels rejoiced in the plan of salvation that was set forth by the Lord)
But it's time to face the truth, I will never be with you (again here is the lament of the fallen, but this need not be our fate brothers and sisters)
In the pamphlet ‘For the Strength of Youth’ we learn that 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 to it. Don’t listen to music that drives away the Spirit and encourages immorality.
Young people, you cannot afford to fill your mind with the unworthy music of our day. It is not harmless! It can welcome onto the stage of your mind unworthy thoughts upon which you may act.
You are a son or a daughter of Almighty God and should have self-respect. I now ask that you go through your IPods and delete those songs that are not in harmony with the teachings of the church. Such music ought not to belong to young people concerned about spiritual development. Go through your collection. Get rid of the worst of it and keep the best of it. Be selective in what you listen to. It becomes a part of you.
The Lord has said, “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.”
I leave these thoughts and counsel with you, trusting that you will obey the pleadings of a stake president, and do so in the sacred and holy name of our lord and savior, even Jesus Christ, amen.