Sacred names often profaned

"Remember that that which cometh from above is sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit; and in this there is no condemnation, and ye receive the Spirit through prayer; wherefore, without this there remaineth condemnation." (D&C 63:64.)

The importance of using restraint in dealing with sacred things is emphasized in many places in scriptures. "Trifle not with sacred things," the Prophet was instructed in April 1829. (D&C 6:12.)According to Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Council of the Twelve, among the most commonly profaned sacred things are the names of Deity.

"There are no more sacred or significant words in all of our language than the names of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, . . ." said Elder Oaks in April conference in 1986.

"Satan seeks to discredit the sacred names. . . and succeeds in a measure whenever he is able to influence any man or woman, boy or girl, to make holy names common and to associate them with coarse thoughts and evil acts. Those who use sacred names in vain are, by that act, promoters of Satan's purposes."

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