Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Voice of Warning

My husband and I listened to this fireside talk by Elder David A. Bednar last weekend. We loved it and I wanted to share parts of it. For the full talk you can watch it or listen to it here http://lds.org/broadcast/ces/0,7341,538,00.html
My heart is full of so much gratitude for the loving counsel and guidance from Apostles and Prophets of God in our day!! I don't know where I would be without them.

"Today I raise an apostolic voice of warning about the potentially stifling, suffocating, suppressing and constraining impact of some kinds of cyberspace interactions and experiences upon our souls. The concerns I raise are not new, they apply equally to other types of media such as television, movies and music. But brothers and sisters in a cyber world these challenges are more pervasive and intense. I plead with you to beware of the sense dulling, and spiritually destructive influence of cyberspace technologies that are used to produce high fidelity [exactness or a accuracy in details] and that promote degrading and evil purposes. If the adversary cannot entice us to misuse our physical bodies, then one of his most potent tactics is to beguile you and me as embodied spirits to disconnect gradually and physically from things as they really are…

Please be careful of becoming so immersed and engrossed in pixels, texting, earbuds, twittering, online social networking and potentially addictive uses of media in the internet that you fail to recognize the importance of your physical body and miss the richness of person to person communication. Beware of digital displays and data in many forms of computer mediated interaction that can displace the full range of physical capacity and experience…

We need to heed the admonition of Paul, “that everyone of you should know how to posses his vessel in sanctification and honor” 1 Thes. 4:4

An immature or misguided spouse may devote an inordinate amount of time to playing video games, chatting online, or in other ways allowing the digital to dominate things as they really are. Initially the investment of time may seem relatively harmless, rationalized as a few minutes of needed relief from the demands of a hectic daily schedule but important opportunities are missed for developing and improving interpersonal skills, for laughing and crying together and for creating a rich and enduring bond of emotional intimacy. Progressively, seemingly innocent entertainment can become a form of pernicious enslavement.

Now brothers and sisters please understand, I am not suggesting all technology is inherently bad, it is not… Nor am I saying we should not use its many capabilities in appropriate ways to learn, to communicate, to lift and brighten lives and to build the Church, of course we should. But I am raising a warning voice that we should not squander and damage authentic relationships by obsessing over contrived ones."

1 comment:

Tony said...

I saw this broadcast!
I love this man! He is an apostle of Jesus Christ!