Clean Thoughts Lesson and Activity

If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things (A of F 1:13).

Have you ever had a bad thought or word come into your mind? It is not a good feeling. Sometimes they come all by themselves. But you can make them leave!

Your mind can think of only one thing at a time, so when a bad thought or word comes into your mind, pull it out and plant a good thought in its place: Sing a favorite Primary song or hymn. Make a list in your mind of all your blessings, and say them out loud. Think of the beautiful things in nature that Heavenly Father and Jesus have created for you.

Your eyes and your ears send messages to your mind. Most of the time, you can choose what will enter your mind. You invite in good thoughts and words or bad ones by what you choose to look at or listen to. The thirteenth article of faith helps us know what to choose. It says, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

When you watch TV or a video, ask yourself, “If Jesus were watching television with me, would I want to watch this program?” If not, turn off the TV or leave the room. When you listen to music, ask yourself, “Would this music be pleasing to Heavenly Father?” If not, turn the music off or leave the room.

We need reminders every day to help us make these important choices. On the next page, you will find reminder buttons and a reminder bookmark that can be placed on a TV, a radio, a compact disc player, or in a book.

Instructions: Carefully color the reminder buttons and the bookmark, then cut them out. Fold the bottoms along the broken lines. Secure the top part of the button to the top of your TV, radio, or CD player with a small weight, and let the bottom part hang down where you can easily see it. Use the bookmark in the books you read.

Illustrated by Denise Kirby