Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2018, November 13

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: The New Home Curriculum vs. Screens” by grego

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “New Curriculum vs. Screens”

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(c)2018

Recently, the bishopric was talking about implementing next year’s program. One of the questions asked was, “How do we fit it in when we are already so busy?”

I think it’s time to rethink our lives…

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President Russell M. Nelson, April 2016, “The Price of Priesthood Power”
“I urgently plead with each one of us to live up to our privileges as bearers of the priesthood. In a coming day, only those men who have taken their priesthood seriously, by diligently seeking to be taught by the Lord Himself, will be able to bless, guide, protect, strengthen, and heal others. Only a man who has paid the price for priesthood power will be able to bring miracles to those he loves and keep his marriage and family safe, now and throughout eternity.”

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President Nelson has spoken–THREE times!–about social media, news, etc. From April 2018, his first General Conference as prophet (I think we remember the other two, from the Youth fireside and the last General Conference Women’s Session):

President Nelson “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives”:
“We live in a world that is complex and increasingly contentious. The constant availability of social media and a 24-hour news cycle bombard us with relentless messages. If we are to have any hope of sifting through the myriad of voices and the philosophies of men that attack truth, we must learn to receive revelation.

Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.

My beloved brothers and sisters, I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation. Let this Easter Sunday be a defining moment in your life. Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly.”

It could be that the biggest block to the Lord’s work in the USA right now (and perhaps elsewhere) is screens.

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How bad is the cell phone problem, especially in Utah? Was this written about any other city (adults, not children!) in the USA?:
‘SLC, you’re killing me:’ ‘Hamilton’ actor blasts audience for cellphone use
By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Posted – Apr 30th, 2018 @ 1:12pm
https://www.ksl.com/article/46311116/slc-youre-killing-me-hamilton-actor-blasts-audience-for-cellphone-use

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We gave talks in church recently. I looked around “from the top”, and saw many on cell phones (even the guy in the front row, right in front of me!). Relatives gave talks recently, saw the same thing. Another ward, looking around, I saw the same thing. Is this the norm for LDS sacrament meetings?

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President Russell M. Nelson, “Opening Remarks”, October 2018 GC:
“The long-standing objective of the Church is to assist all members to increase their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and in His Atonement, to assist them in making and keeping their covenants with God, and to strengthen and seal their families. In this complex world today, this is not easy. The adversary is increasing his attacks on faith and upon us and our families at an exponential rate. To survive spiritually, we need counterstrategies and proactive plans. Accordingly, we now want to put in place organizational adjustments that will further fortify our members and their families.”

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From almost two years ago:
Children turn Violent as Parents battle ‘Digital Heroin’ addiction
https://nypost.com/2016/12/17/kids-turn-violent-as-parents-battle-digital-heroin-addiction/
“OVER 200 PEER-REVIEWED STUDIES studies correlate excessive screen usage with a whole host of clinical disorders, including addiction. Recent brain-imaging research confirms that glowing screens affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that drugs like cocaine and heroin do.”

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It also seems like cell phones and screens are the new addiction. Unlike pornography, screen addiction is much more accepted (actually, encouraged), much more easily justified, but just as deadly (“death by a thousand cuts”, and car accidents due to texting and other phone uses are a start). And screens are probably worse than marijuana when it comes to pulling people out of life. Put pornography on screens… you’re getting multiple addictions served up at once. How bad could that be?

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3 Nephi 6:14 And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up; yea, insomuch that in the thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.

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It’s about time that we give up the good, and even some of the better, for the best!! When 50% of the active members leave, where will you, your spouse, and your children be? When some of the very elect are deceived, will you and your family be among them?

It sounds to me that pretty soon (less than a decade?), the big storms will start.

Will we be ready?

That’s what the new curriculum is for.

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