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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The No Cussing Club

by Saint Mark (bio)

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
(1 Timothy 4:12)

I had one of the foulest mouths I knew growing up. Being raised on Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Andrew "Dice" Clay, I could cuss with the best of them. Moreover, as an amateur rapper (yes, I used to rap), it was part of my persona to use the explicit lyrics the warning labels warned parents about. Unfortunately, cussing was an addiction for me. I used profane language even when I didn't have to.

Around the time that I was investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I read an article in a waiting room of a dentist's office. My girlfriend was getting a check-up in St. George, Utah and I decided to come along for the trip from Las Vegas. It was in an article in the New Era that challenged me to overcome my addiction to profanity. One of the steps was to commit to someone to stop cussing. So, when my girlfriend came out of the dentist's area, I told her, "I promise you that I will stop cussing." She was bewildered but happy about my choice.

It hasn't been easy, but stopping the use of profanity has been a great blessing in my life. Here's a video of a kid who I admire for rising above the profane to be a light to all of us.

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