Special Witness: Does It Really Matter What Kind of Music I Listen To?

Boyd K. Packer

President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

From “Inspiring Music—Worthy Thoughts,” Ensign, Jan. 1974, 27–28.

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President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shares some of his thoughts on this subject.

Does it really matter what kind of music I listen to?

  • You cannot afford to fill your mind with the unworthy hard music of our day. … Such music as that is not worthy of you.

  • You are a son or a daughter of Almighty God. He has inspired a world full of wonderful things to learn and to do, uplifting music of many kinds that you may enjoy.

  • Pay careful attention to the music you program for your activities.

  • There is so much wonderful, uplifting music available that we can experience to our advantage. Our people ought to be surrounded by good music of all kinds.

  • If you are blessed with musical talent, develop a wide range of good music.

Why not go through your [music] collection? Get rid of the worst of it. Keep just the best of it. Be selective in what you consume and what you produce. It becomes a part of you.

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