If you are blessed with musical talent, develop a wide range of goodmusic. There is so much wonderful, uplifting music available that we can experience to our advantage. Our people ought to be surrounded by goodmusic of all kinds. Parents ought to foster good music in the home and cultivate a desire to have their children learn the hymns of inspiration. The time for music lessons seems to come along when there are so many other expenses for the family with little children. But we encourage parents to include musical training in the lives of their children. — Elder Boyd K. Packer, “Inspiring Music – Worthy Thoughts,” General Conference, October 1973
Music is one of the most forceful instruments for governing the mind and spirit of man. — Elder Boyd K. Packer, Address, BYU, September 26, 1967
There is a great deal lost in the homes of the people by not having the songs of Zion sung therein. Many a missionary robs himself of strength and power and ability to accomplish good, and to make friends, by not knowing how to sing. . . .
It is not the eloquence that you possess which will carry conviction to the hearts of the people, but it is the Spirit of Almighty God that is burning in your hearts, and your desire for the salvation of souls. Brigham Young said that the Spirit of the Lord would do more to convert people than the eloquence of men. And I say that the singing of the songs of Zion, though imperfectly, with the inspiration of God, will touch the hearts of the honest more effectively than if sung well without the Spirit of God. Sing with the Spirit of God. Love the words that you sing. I love the songs of Zion. — President Heber J. Grant, Improvement Era, 4:686; see Gospel Standards, p. 170
I learned something, and I have since lived that way. When some ugly thought from the nether kingdom tries to get into my mind, I move it out with good music, hymns (see D&C 25:12).
That is one of the reasons why you are very, very, very, very, very, very foolish when you like to participate in music that is dark and noisy. Worthy inspiration cannot get through to you where you are. No matter how popular it may be or how much you want to belong, just remember that there are those angels of the devil using you. — President Boyd K. Packer, “The Instrument of Your Mind and the Foundation of Your Character,” CES Fireside for Young Adults, February 2, 2003, p. 6
I wonder sometimes if we realize the importance of music. I wonder if we know that the Lord Himself is concerned about it. He has given us the information that the song of praise is a prayer unto Him. In our day He has given revelation about music. He gave instruction that Emma Smith was to gather the hymns that were to be sung in the Church. — President George Albert Smith’s Leadership Address, Church News, February 16, 1946, p. 8
I want it distinctly understood, that fiddling and dancing are no part of our worship. What are they for them? . . . That my body may keep pace with my mind. My mind labors like a man logging, all the time; and this is the reason why I am fond of these pastimes – they give me a privilege to throw everything off, and shake myself, that my body may exercise, and my mind rest. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 1:30
We need to build musical first aid kits to surround ourselves with music that uplifts us – especially in times of need. If the music you listen to causes you to want to be a better person, then chances are it is of God and it is safe. Music is very powerful. — Michael Ballam, BYU Education Week, August 1992