Selected Teachings on
Swearing

Spencer W. Kimball (President)

Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly. (Conference Report, Oct. 1974, p. 7)

David O. McKay (President)

Swearing is a vice that bespeaks a low standard of breeding. (Gospel Ideals, p.420)

L. Tom Perry (Quorum of the Twelve)

Many times in our effort to refrain from improper speech, we find words to substitute. Sometimes they are so close to vulgar phrases everyone probably knows that we are substituting words and have not really improved our vocabulary....

To anyone who has followed the practice of using profanity or vulgarity and would like to correct the habit, could I offer this suggestion? First, make the commitment to erase such words from your vocabulary. Next, if you slip and say a swear word or a substitute word, mentally reconstruct the sentence without the vulgarity or substitute word and repeat the new sentence aloud. Eventually you will develop a non-vulgar speech habit. (“‘Thy Speech Reveals Thee’,” New Era, Aug 1986, 4)