Category Archives: Music and Dancing

Music and Dancing Closing Post

Congratulations! The Music and Dancing segment has finished! The next segment will be starting later today when I send out the initiation email at 6:00 pm. The topic will be Physical and Emotional Health, and the segment will last for three weeks, until August 23.

One more thing before you let this topic rest: ask yourself “How have I been blessed by living this standard?” Write what you think of down. It can be a specific instance, a favorite quote, a feeling, a thought, whatever it is, write it down. Hopefully you have seen the blessings of using good Music (and Dancing) in your life as I have seen it in mine.

~ George.

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #21 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing” – For the Strength of Youth quoting Doctrine and Covenants 136:28

Today I, ____________________, will praise the Lord with song.

(If applicable)

Today I, ____________________, will praise the Lord with music.

(If applicable)

Today I, ____________________, will praise the Lord with dance.


Look up in hymn number 86, “How Great Thou Art,” in your Hymnbook (Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). Read it all the way through. (I can’t publish it here due to copyright laws.)


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #20 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Dancing can be fun and can provide an opportunity to meet new people. However, it too can be misused. When dancing, avoid full body contact with your partner. Do not use positions or moves that are suggestive of sexual or violent behavior or otherwise inappropriate.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will avoid violating the For the Strength of Youth standards regarding dancing.


(Sorry for the long extra content today, the story was too appropriate to not use. As always, these are optional.)

Don’t Chance the Dance

“One night when I was 16, I remember coming back from a Church activity with three friends. We were all in the priests quorum and enjoyed being together. We parked the car in front of my house, and we were talking about the fun we had at church when one of my friends made a suggestion.

“Nearby was a club that was popular with teenagers. On Fridays and Saturdays they had dances. He said, “We should go to one of those dances.” He suggested we could even use the opportunity to preach the gospel to the youth there. The other three, myself included, tried to tell him it didn’t sound like such a great idea. The standards wouldn’t be the same as at Church activities. There would be people smoking and drinking. People would be dressed immodestly. Most of the music would be inappropriate, loud in its volume, and heavy in its beat, often filled with suggestive words.

“This was a good friend, a very active young man. But he kept insisting that we should go. “As long as we don’t participate in the bad stuff,” he said, “it will be just fine.” The three of us tried to dissuade him but couldn’t. He finally said, “Then I am going to go alone. I am going to show you that there’s nothing wrong with it. And you are going to miss out on some great fun.” He was determined to stick his hand in the cumbuca.

“On Friday he went to the dance. The next day, Saturday, he came to Church-sponsored activities bragging about how fun it had been. He invited us to go the next week. We never did go, but he ended up going on a regular basis until finally he began going to the Saturday night dances as well. Then he would be late to church on Sunday because he was tired from being out so late. Finally he began skipping church.

“Over time he stopped coming to church regularly. He ended up not going on a mission. A few years ago I contacted him over the phone. He was living in a different town far away from me. When we started talking about the Church, he was totally cold, not the same person I used to know.

“Looking back, I think of the four of us in that car. The other three all stayed active in the Church, married in the temple, and have served in priesthood leadership positions. But that one excellent friend fell away, married outside the Church, and today is totally inactive. His children do not know the blessings of the gospel. Even though he can still repent, and I hope he will, he is losing valuable time and opportunities.

“That night in the car, the four of us were at a crossroads. I didn’t know the decision was that important at the time. We simply knew that it was not appropriate to go where he wanted to go. I remember he said, “We will go there, and through our good example we will convert some of those youth.” But he was being deceived, and he ended up being the one who was converted to a different path. As I look back, I can see that something that seems small can have a huge impact over the years. I am happy that I was able to choose what was right.

“In Doctrine and Covenants 87:8 we are counseled, “Stand ye in holy places.” We should stand where the Lord expects us to stand. We must decide today that we will not jeopardize our standards for anything. We will not let Satan deceive us. We will not be trapped.” – Caught in a Cumbuca by Marcos A. Aidukaitis


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #19 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Remember that the spirit speaks with a still, small voice. If you listen to music constantly, you may not have the quite time you need for thinking, feeling, and receiving spiritual guidance.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will make sure I have the time I need to receive spiritual guidance.

(Note: for those of you wondering about the posts on tithing, see this post sent out on Monday at noon.)


“1. Let the Holy Spirit guide;
Let him teach us what is true.
He will testify of Christ,
Light our minds with heaven’s view.

“2. Let the Holy Spirit guard;
Let his whisper govern choice.
He will lead us safely home
If we listen to his voice.

“3. Let the Spirit heal our hearts
Thru his quiet, gentle pow’r.
May we purify our lives
To receive him hour by hour.”

Hymn 143, Let the Holy Spirit Guide


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #18 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“When listening to music, be courteous to those around you. Keep your music at a reasonable volume, and remove your earphones when others are talking to you or want you to be part of their activities.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will be courteous to those around me when listening to music.


“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #17 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Do not listen to music that encourages immorality or glorifies violence through its lyrics, beat, or intensity… Such music can dull your spiritual sensitivity.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will not listen to music that encourages immorality or glorifies violence through its lyrics, beat, or intensity.


“There have always been those who take the beautiful things and corrupt them. It’s happened with nature; it’s happened with literature, drama, art; and it certainly has happened with music. For centuries it has been obvious that when the wrong kind of words are set to appealing music, songs can lead men astray. And music itself, by the way it is played, by its beat, by its intensity, can dull the spiritual sensitivity.

We are living at a time when society is undergoing a subtle, but powerful, change. It is becoming more and more permissive in what it will accept in its entertainment. As a result, much of the music being performed by popular entertainers today seems to be more intended to agitate than to pacify, more to excite than to calm. Some musicians appear to openly promote unrighteous thoughts and action.

Young people, you cannot afford to fill your minds with the unworthy music of our day. It is not harmless. It can welcome onto the stage of your mind unworthy thoughts and set a tempo to which they dance and to which you may act. You degrade yourself when you identify with those things that at times surround extremes in music—the shabbiness, the irreverence, the immorality, the addictions. Such music is not worthy of you.” – Worthy Music, Worthy Thoughts by Boyd K. Packer, emphasis added


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #16 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Learn and sing the hymns. Hymns can lift your spirit, move you to righteous action, and help you withstand the temptations of the adversary.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will learn and sing the hymns.


“Music in Our Church Meetings

“Inspirational music is an essential part of our church meetings. The hymns invite the Spirit of the Lord, create a feeling of reverence, unify us as members, and provide a way for us to offer praises to the Lord.

“Some of the greatest sermons are preached by the singing of hymns. Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end.

“We hope to see an increase of hymn singing in our congregations. We encourage all members, whether musically inclined or not, to join with us in singing the hymns. We hope leaders, teachers, and members who are called on to speak will turn often to the hymnbook to find sermons presented powerfully and beautifully in verse.

“Latter-day Saints have a long tradition of choir singing. Every ward and branch in the Church should have a choir that performs regularly. We encourage choirs to use the hymnbook as their basic resource…

“Brothers and sisters, let us use the hymns to invite the Spirit of the Lord into our congregations, our homes, and our personal lives. Let us memorize and ponder them, recite and sing them, and partake of their spiritual nourishment. Know that the song of the righteous is a prayer unto our Father in Heaven, “and it shall be answered with a blessing upon [your] heads.””

The First Presidency

(Unfortunately, the Hymnbook Preface is too long to put in one post and this is the last post for hymns. I recommend reading the rest when you get the chance though)


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #15 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Do not listen to music that uses vulgar or offensive language or promotes evil practices. Such music can dull your spiritual sensitivity.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will not listen to music that uses vulgar or offensive language or promotes evil practices.


How Do You Control Your Thoughts?

“I realize that in today’s world it’s often difficult to keep your mind filled with worthy thoughts. This takes careful control. However, it can be done when you make a safe place for your thoughts to go. I’ve found a way to make such a place, and I’d like to share it with you. It has to do with music—worthy music. A wise man once said, “Music is one of the most forceful instruments for governing the mind.” Whether it governs in a positive way or a negative way is determined by what it brings onto the stage of your mind. If you can say that a song is spiritually inspiring or that it urges you to see yourself in a more noble perspective, the music is worthwhile. If it merely entertains or lifts your spirits, then it also has a useful place. But if it makes you want to respond in a carnal, sensual way or to consider unrighteous desires, then that music should be avoided. It is not worthy…

“As [you] involve yourselves with righteous and worthwhile things, keep your minds filled with worthy thoughts, for as a man thinketh so is he, and you will have the ability to accomplish those things that will bring fulfillment to your lives.” – Worthy Music, Worthy Thoughts by Boyd K. Packer


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #14 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing” – For the Strength of Youth quoting Doctrine and Covenants 136:28

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will praise the Lord with song.

(If applicable)

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will praise the Lord with music.

(If applicable)

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will praise the Lord with dance.


“The First Presidency of the Church, commenting on the influence of music in our lives, has said: “Through music, man’s ability to express himself extends beyond the limits of the spoken language in both subtlety and power. Music can be used to exalt and inspire or to carry messages of degradation and destruction. It is therefore important that as Latter-day Saints we at all times apply the principles of the gospel and seek the guidance of the Spirit in selecting the music with which we surround ourselves.”…

“I would counsel you to develop your talents, and if you have musical talent, think of this: There is much music yet to be created, much to be performed. Yours can be the worthy music that will be uplifting, that will spread the gospel, touch hearts, give comfort and strength to troubled minds.” – Worthy Music, Worthy Thoughts by Boyd K. Packer


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”