When called to the Council of the Twelve, October 4, 1963, he said in the Salt Lake Tabernacle: I think of a little sister, a French-Canadian sister, whose life was changed by the missionaries as her spirit was touched. As she said good-by to me and my wife in Quebec, she said, "President Monson, I may never see the Prophet. I may never hear the Prophet. But President, far better, now that I am a member of this Church, I can obey the Prophet."
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).
We have the right to choose, but, likewise, we have the responsibility to choose. We cannot be neutral. There is no middle ground. The Lord knows this; Lucifer knows this. So there is a great campaign being waged today. On the one hand, Lucifer has attractively painted his road signs. You have read them; you have seen them. They are bright; they are attractive. They read something like this: "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die." Another may read: "It's the popular thing to do." Another one may read: "Just this once won't matter." On the other hand, the Lord has prepared His road signs for our guidance. They read: "Fear God and keep his commandments." See II Kings 17:36-39. Another one may read: "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." See Galatians 6:7. Another one: "There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated- And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." (D&C 130:20-21) Thus we have two roads to follow, and we have the responsibility to choose.
One man said, "I looked at my brother through the microscope of criticism, and I said, "How coarse my brother is." Then I looked at my brother through the telescope of scorn, and I said, "How small my brother is." Then I looked into the mirror of truth and I said, "How like me my brother is."