Sunday, May 17, 2009

Apostolic Voice of Warning

When I read the talk by Elder Bednar in the Church News (May 9, 2009) entitled "Devices that distract from 'things as they really are'" I was impressed that both my family and friends needed to read the article and pay particular attention to the his warning -

"I plead with you to beware of the sense-dulling and spiritually destructive influence of cyberspace technologies that are used to produce high fidelity and that promote degrading and evil purposes."

When I searched for the talk to print it for a friend of mine, I found that that the the Church News article is the Readers Digest version of that talk given at the CES fireside. The entire talk can be read here or listen to here.

He warns that both men and women in the Church today are ignoring "things as they really are" and are neglecting eternal relationships for digital distractions, diversions, and detours that have no lasting value.

He offers two questions we need to ask:

1. Does the use of various technologies and media invite or impede the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost in your life?

2. Does the time you spend using various technologies and media enlarge or restrict your capacity to live, to love, and to serve in meaningful ways?

We all need to heed this warning so that we will not forfeit the blessings that are made "possible through the Father's plan of happiness and the Atonement of His Only Begotten Son."

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