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.


Boyd K. Packer
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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