The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - God's Name in Vain

"The word of the Lord has thundered down through the generations: 'Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain' (Ex. 20:7). Profaning God's name is a great offense to the Spirit, and to do so is Satan's great ploy to mock our God."

Vaughn J. Featherstone 
"One Link Still Holds," 
"Ensign," Nov. 1999, 13

"Be clean in language. There is so much of filthy, sleazy talk these days.... It tells others that your vocabulary is so extremely limited that you cannot express yourself without reaching down into the gutter for words. Dirty talk is unbecoming any man who holds the priesthood, be he young or old. Nor can you as a priesthood holder take the name of the Lord in vain. Said Jehovah to the children of Israel, 'Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain' (Ex. 20:7)."

Gordon B. Hinckley 
"Be Ye Clean," 
"Ensign," May 1996, 48

"Many men seem to think that because they have been ordained, the priesthood is theirs in perpetuity to exercise as they choose. They feel they can break a covenant and a commandment here and there, and sin in this way or that, and yet still have within themselves the power of the priesthood and that God will ratify that which they speak in His holy name and in the name of the Redeemer. This becomes mockery, and I believe that in such an exercise, they take the name of God in vain. They profane the name of His Beloved Son. They desecrate the sacred gift which came through ordination, and the authority which they have lost because of transgression."

Gordon B. Hinckley 
"Only upon Principles of Righteousness," 
"Ensign," Sept. 1992, 70

"How you speak and the words you use tell much about the image you choose to portray. Use language to build and uplift those around you. Profane, vulgar, or crude language and inappropriate or off-color jokes are offensive to the Lord. Never misuse the name of God or Jesus Christ. The Lord said, 'Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.' (Ex. 20:7.) Set a positive example for your friends and others by using clean language to express your thoughts."

Thomas S. Monson 
"The Lighthouse of the Lord," 
"Ensign," Nov. 1990, 97

“We have been admonished to ‘Love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, might, mind and strength.’ (See Luke 10:27.) And with this love also goes a deep respect and reverence for him. Jesus recognized this truth when he taught his disciples how to pray. As he addressed the Father in prayer, he said: ‘. . . Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.’ (Matt. 6:9.) When Jesus regarded the name of the Lord as ‘hallowed,’ can we do less? Should we in any manner profane that hallowed name?

“When the Prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments midst the thunderings and lightnings of Mt. Sinai, the Lord proclaimed: ‘Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.’ (Deut. 5:11; Exod. 20:7.)

“Moses, too, knew by revelation that the name of God is hallowed. And yet, everyday, we hear thoughtless, uncouth, irreverent persons violate this commandment as they blaspheme the name of our Heavenly Father in profane oaths.” - Henry D. Taylor, “Conference Report,” April 1964, Afternoon Meeting, p. 88

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