Wednesday, September 30, 2009

For the Strength of YOU!

I read this every day. I love it. It is posted on the back of our bathroom door near the kitchen, so I see it often. It confirms some of the decisions that John and I have made for our family. It also leaved no question as to the entertainment we should choose! I started putting different topics on "For the Strength of Youth" on the back of all the bathroom doors a year ago after I went to Women's Conference. The YW General Presidency spoke together and suggested that every adult in the church also have a copy and keep the wallet size one with us always! I wanted to help prepare Allison for Young Women's this year and I am grateful, it is strengthening our whole family! I hope I don't sound like I'm boasting, I am just so grateful for the guidelines that our living prophets have given us! What a different world it would be if everyone followed this counsel!

Entertainment and the Media
“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things” (
Articles of Faith 1:13).
Whatever you read, listen to, or look at has an effect on you. Therefore, choose only entertainment and media that uplift you. Good entertainment will help you to have good thoughts and make righteous choices. It will allow you to enjoy yourself without losing the Spirit of the Lord.
While much entertainment is good, some of it can lead you away from righteous living. Offensive material is often found in web sites, concerts, movies, music, videocassettes, DVDs, books, magazines, pictures, and other media. Satan uses such entertainment to deceive you by making what is wrong and evil look normal and exciting. It can mislead you into thinking that everyone is doing things that are wrong.

Do not attend, view, or participate in entertainment that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in entertainment that in any way presents immorality or violent behavior as acceptable.

Pornography in all its forms is especially dangerous and addictive. What may begin as a curious indulgence can become a destructive habit that takes control of your life. It can lead you to sexual transgression and even criminal behavior. Pornography is a poison that weakens your self-control, changes the way you see others, causes you to lose the guidance of the Spirit, and can even affect your ability to have a normal relationship with your future spouse. If you encounter pornography, turn away from it immediately.

Depictions of violence often glamorize vicious behavior. They offend the Spirit and make you less able to respond to others in a sensitive, caring way. They contradict the Savior’s message of love for one another.

Have the courage to walk out of a movie or video party, turn off a computer or television, change a radio station, or put down a magazine if what is being presented does not meet Heavenly Father’s standards. Do these things even if others do not. Let your friends and family know that you are committed to keeping God’s standards. You have the gift of the Holy Ghost, which will give you strength and help you make good choices.

1 comment:

Alli said...

I love reading that message every time I go in there.... it's cool!! :P