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Monday, October 8, 2012

Motiviational Monday: "Entertainment and Media"

General Conference was wonderful this past weekend. I loved so many talks. My testimony was strengthened and my desire to do better increased. I love our leaders!
One of my favorite talks was Saturday morning, when Elder Quentin L Cook spoke about the poisonous culture we live in. Moral deterioration has escalated and nobody expects that to change.
There are 2 challenges we face:
1. unkindness, violence and domestic abuse
2. sexual immorality and impure thoughts
For years Prophets and Apostles have taught the importance of religious observance in the home. He said, "Parents, the days are long past when regular active participation in church meetings and programs (though essential) cannot fulfill your sacred responsibility to teach your children to live moral righteous lives and walk uprightly before the Lord.
It is essential that this is taught in the home, a place of refuge, kindness, forgiveness, truth and righteousness prevail.
Parents MUST have the courage to filter and monitor Internet access, television, movies and music.
To defend truth and bare a powerful testimony. Your children need to know that you have faith in the Savior. Love your Heavenly Father and sustain leaders and have spiritual maturity in the home.
Moral issues of our day MUST be addressed in the family.
The following is from the Strength of Youth "Entertainment and Media". I have been looking for the poster below to put next to the computer. I finally found it and thought I'd better put it on my blog so that I don't lose it again. All Youth posters can be found here:
You live in a day of marvelous technologies that give you easy access to a wide variety of media, including the Internet, mobile devices, video games, television, movies, music, books, and magazines. The information and entertainment provided through these media can increase your ability to learn, communicate, and become a force for good in the world. However, some information and entertainment can lead you away from righteous living. Choose wisely when using media because whatever you read, listen to, or look at has an effect on you. Select only media that uplifts you.
Satan uses media to deceive you by making what is wrong and evil look normal, humorous, or exciting. He tries to mislead you into thinking that breaking God’s commandments is acceptable and has no negative consequences for you or others. Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in anything that presents immorality or violence as acceptable. Have the courage to walk out of a movie, change your music, or turn off a computer, television, or mobile device if what you see or hear drives away the Spirit.
Pornography in all forms is especially dangerous and addictive. What may begin as an unexpected exposure or a curious exploration can become a destructive habit. Use of pornography is a serious sin and can lead to other sexual transgression. Avoid pornography at all costs. It is a poison that weakens your self-control, destroys your feelings of self-worth, and changes the way you see others. It causes you to lose the guidance of the Spirit and can damage your ability to have a normal relationship with others, especially your future spouse. It limits your ability to feel true love. If you encounter pornography, turn away from it immediately.

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