I am currently reading the biography "Brigham Young, Pioneer Prophet" by
John G. Turner. Can a Prophet of God use language that would make a modern
sailor blush? Evidently so. Does this knock him off the Prophet pedestal? I
don't think so. B.Y had a lot on his plate to get the Intermountain west
settled. He also was a man of his times. I'm on page 275 of 413 BTW. Do
Church leaders use ungentlemanly language still? Probably, I don't worry
Spencer W. Kimball once quoted the old saying: "Profanity is the effort of a
feeble mind to express itself forcibly."
There came a time when I was so flabbergasted by my kids that I just
couldn't think of any other words. One of my daughters said, "those
words hurt my ears". We came up with a "swear jar". Each time I
swore, I put a quarter in it. It had to hurt, because a penny, nickle or a dime
wasn't enough. That did it! After a buck's worth of money, I was
Excellent article Sherry! Almost 40 years ago, when I was in the miltary, I was
watching a national newscast and the anchor reported on a study that basically
said that the language we use is a reflection of our intellegence. That story
had a profound effect on me. I resolved to stop using profanity immediately.
Except for a few rare moments, I have been successful. Later, after I got
married, I was home with our first child, who was a handful, while my wife was
at a Church meeting. She (my two-year old daughter) got frustrated with me and
stood up, put her hands on her hips, cocked her head, and said, "Da.. it
Dad, give me a break." I was flabbergasted. Then I pictured her mother,
after Sarah had put her through the ringer, putting her hands on her hips,
cocking her head, and said, "Da.. it Sarah, give me a break." I then
laughed. Kids do pay attention to the language we use.
I've always wondered why the movie ratings use the term "Adult
Language" instead of "Foul Language." Just saying, most adults I
know don't use rude foul language.
Goodness gracious,Golly Wally, geepers creepers, sha zam. good to think about
the time when Mom would wash my mouth out with sope. I could make her laugh by