Monthly Archives: June 2015

Nightly Reminder on Language: #4 out of 21

What do the words I use say about me?

“How you communicate should reflect who you are as a son or daughter of God. Clean and intelligent language is evidence of a bright and wholesome mind.” – For the Strength of Youth


“If you have developed the habit of using language that is not in keeping with these standards – such as swearing, mocking, gossiping, or speaking in anger to others – you can change. Pray for help. Ask your family and friends to support you in your desire to use good language.” – For the Strength of Youth, emphasis added.

Daily Reminder on Language: #4 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will always speak kindly and politely to others.

“Avoid speaking in anger.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until July 12, I, ____________________, will avoid speaking in anger.


“[Satan] damages and often destroys families within the walls of their own homes. His strategy is to stir up anger between family members. Satan is the “father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another” (3 Ne. 11:29; emphasis added). The verb stir sounds like a recipe for disaster: Put tempers on medium heat, stir in a few choice words, and bring to a boil; continue stirring until thick; cool off; let feelings chill for several days; serve cold; lots of leftovers.” – Agency and Anger by Lynn G. Robbins


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Language section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/language/

Ask yourself: “What do the words I use say about me?”

Nightly Reminder on Language: #3 out of 21

What do the words I use say about me?

“How you communicate should reflect who you are as a son or daughter of God. Clean and intelligent language is evidence of a bright and wholesome mind.” – For the Strength of Youth


“If you have developed the habit of using language that is not in keeping with these standards – such as swearing, mocking, gossiping, or speaking in anger to others – you can change. Pray for help. Ask your family and friends to support you in your desire to use good language.” – For the Strength of Youth, emphasis added.

Daily Reminder on Language: #3 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will always speak kindly and politely to others.

“Do not use profane, vulgar, or crude language or gestures, and do not tell jokes or stories about immoral actions. These are offensive to God.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until July 12, I, ____________________, will not use profane, vulgar, or crude language or gestures. I will not tell jokes or stories about immoral actions.


“How to Improve Your Speech

“To anyone who has followed the practice of using profanity or vulgarity and would like to correct the habit, could I offer this suggestion?

  1. Make the commitment to erase such words from your vocabulary.
  2. If you slip and say a swear word or a substitute word, mentally reconstruct the sentence without the vulgarity or substitute word.
  3. Repeat the new sentence aloud.

“Eventually you will develop a non-vulgar speech habit.”

Thy Speech Reveals Thee by Elder L. Tom Perry

If you have a hard time not swearing, I suggest you google “How to stop swearing,” because there are many webpages out there for just that purpose. For example, wikiHow’s page “How to Stop Swearing” looks like it could work.


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Language section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/language/

Ask yourself: “What do the words I use say about me?”

Nightly Reminder on Language: #2 out of 21

What do the words I use say about me?

“How you communicate should reflect who you are as a son or daughter of God. Clean and intelligent language is evidence of a bright and wholesome mind.” – For the Strength of Youth


“If you have developed the habit of using language that is not in keeping with these standards – such as swearing, mocking, gossiping, or speaking in anger to others – you can change. Pray for help. Ask your family and friends to support you in your desire to use good language.” – For the Strength of Youth, emphasis added.

Daily Reminder on Language: #2 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will always speak kindly and politely to others.

“Misusing the names of Deity is a sin.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until July 12, I, ____________________, will always use the names of Deity* with reverence and respect.

*Deity: The creator and supreme being (in a monotheistic religion such as Christianity).


“Always use the names of God and Jesus with reverence and respect… When you pray, address your Father in Heaven in reverent and respectful language.” – For the Strength of Youth


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Language section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/language/

Ask yourself: “What do the words I use say about me?”

Nightly Reminder on Language: #1 out of 21

What do the words I use say about me?

“How you communicate should reflect who you are as a son or daughter of God. Clean and intelligent language is evidence of a bright and wholesome mind.” – For the Strength of Youth


“If you have developed the habit of using language that is not in keeping with these standards – such as swearing, mocking, gossiping, or speaking in anger to others – you can change. Pray for help. Ask your family and friends to support you in your desire to use good language.” – For the Strength of Youth, emphasis added.

Daily Reminder on Language: #1 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will always speak kindly and politely to others.

“Choose friends who use good language. Help others improve their language by your example. Be willing to politely walk away or change the subject when those around you use inappropriate language.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to helping others improve their language by my example. I will have the courage to politely walk away or change the subject when those around me use inappropriate language. I will choose friends who use good language.


“Everyone needs good and true friends. They will be a great strength and blessing to you. They will influence how you think and act, and even help determine the person you will become. They will help you be a better person and will make it easier for you to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Choose friends who share your values so you can strengthen and encourage each other in living high standards.” – For the Strength of Youth on Friends


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Language section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/language/

Ask yourself: “What do the words I use say about me?”

Nightly Reminder on Honesty and Integrity: #21 out of 21

Am I living my standards and beliefs even when no one is watching? Yes or No?

““A man’s true greatness is not in what he says he is, nor in what people say he is; [but really] in what he really is.” (Hartshorn, p. 38.) Our integrity determines what we really are.” – Personal Integrity by Joseph B. Wirthlin


“Closely associated with honesty is integrity. Integrity means thinking and doing what is right at all times, no matter what the consequences… Choose to live so that your thoughts and behavior are always in harmony with the gospel.” – For the Strength of Youth


Think over your day and try to think if you have lived with honesty and integrity. Think of at least one thing you did wrong. Pray for help to do better next time.

How to More Easily Remember Your Commitment to Language

Something that is often a problem when making a commitment is that it can be hard to remember a commitment during the entire day. The Nightly Reminder was a step towards that, but it wasn’t enough. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start spamming your inbox all day with reminders, but what I suggest is that you do it to yourself in a way. During the last week of the Gratitude segment, I had a message on my phone that I saw every single time I turned it on, and that message was “What am I thankful for?” Through this regular reminder I was able to become more focused on what I was thankful for, even in times when I usually wouldn’t have thought about it. I also used this method during the last segment on Honesty and Integrity (the note was “Am I being Honest?”).

What I propose is that you leave a note somewhere that you would see it often. You can do it on your phone like I did, put a sticky note somewhere that you would often see it, write it on an index card and put it in your pocket, or whatever else you think would best help you keep the commitment.

As opposed to last segment, I’m not going to give just one thing to put on your note. There are too many things to choose from. Instead, read over the For the Strength of Youth section and find something specific you want to work on. Some example notes are:

  • Avoid gossip of any kind.
  • Do not tease.
  • Nothing but Positive. (what I’m doing)
  • Use Good Language.
  • I will not swear.

Use one of the suggestions, or make your own, but either way I feel it is something that will help us to more fully live these standards and become like Christ.

~ George