-“You must excuse me, but when I’m with the boys I make all the fun I can.” -Joseph Smith (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

– “A man may be judged by his standard of entertainment as easily as by the standard of his work.” (Ben Shapiro)

-“Laughing makes you live longer; a joke doesn’t have to be funny for you to laugh, just smile and laugh.” (Joel Fuhrman)

-“Largely because of television, instead of looking over into that spacious building, we are, in effect, living inside of it. That is your fate in this generation. You are living in that great and spacious building.” (President Boyd K. Packer, Lehi’s Dream and You, BYU Speech, 2007)

-“Why do people feel guilty about TV? What is wrong with it? Just this: it shuts out all the wonderful things of which the mind is capable, leaving it drugged in a state of thoughtless stupor.” (Hugh Nibley)


The following essays will look at various types of recreation including sports, music, instruments, dance, movies, video games, etc.

Joseph Smith & other Prophets on Recreation

We are Living in The Great and Spacious Building: Post-Christian Society – Quotes

Dismissing Disney & Other Hollywood Idols

5 Prophetic Warnings about Music, & Other Media Guidelines

They Sold Their Souls for Rock & Roll by Good Fight Ministries – Documentary Notes

Outdoor & Indoor Activities for Child Play

Video Game Philosophy: Disadvantages & Advantages

Board & Video Games: Suggestions & Info

Competition & Violence: Media Guidelines

Movie Suggestions by Genre

Studio C Comedy Sketch Favorites

Yoga: Covert Demon Worship

Magic: In Favor, & Against -pending

Dance Philosophy, Prophetic Standards, Styles, Videos

Musical Instruments, Theory, Composition, Resources, Tips, Videos

Sports: Philosophy, Resources, Tips, Videos



Entertainment Resources:


See also the Music Therapy Playlists at Richardson Studies.


Backbeat in music is discouraged by the prophets. Here are a few quotes on that and audio of examples of music with and without backbeat:–gdyvOXgMuV85JJUONBM

Here is an article showing the spiritual dark side of music:

Video: The Evolutionary Psychology of Dance by Lindy Beige (good dancers were selected as good mates to defend the family, etc.)

Video: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: Satanic Forces – ABC News

Video: Beatles Banned from Israel

Book: Oestreicher, L. The Pied Pipers of Autism—How TV, Video, and Toys Cause ASD. 2011: Merced

David Williamson Shaffer: how computer games help children learn

Comedy: Brian Regan, Studio C, Divine Comedy, JK! Studios, Dry Bar Comedy, Blimey Cow



Music resources:

Video: Rant: music lessons should be FUN by Lindybeige – Petrucci Music Library – public domain sheet music & recordings – much free sheet music for various instruments, even more for the 20$/year subscription

-seek chord charts (piano, guitar, accordion, etc.)

-seek fingering charts

-seek fret/note label/location stickers (violin, guitar, piano, accordion, etc.)

-Essencial Elements is a good series of how to books for various instruments

-for dummies series: classical guitar, home music recording, singing exersizes, music theory




Remember to reserve the sabbath as a day free of sporting events:

“When a community or nation grows careless in its Sabbath activities, its religious life decays and all aspects of life are negatively affected. The blessings associated with keeping the Sabbath day holy are lost. We should refrain from shopping on the Sabbath and participating in other commercial and sporting activities that now commonly desecrate the Sabbath. Latter-day Saints should set this holy day apart from activities of the world by entering into a spirit of worship, thanksgiving, service, and family-centered activities appropriate to the Sabbath. As Church members endeavor to make their Sabbath activities compatible with the intent and Spirit of the Lord, their lives will be filled with joy and peace.” (Preach My Gospel: What Should I Study And Teach: The Commandments: Keep the Sabbath Day Holy;