I think I’m done / 2016 Entertainment and Media Segment Closing Post

You’ve done it! You’ve made it through the Entertainment and Media segment! Hopefully you have felt the blessing from living this principle.

Alas, I’m done. I was supposed to find someone to replace me long before this, but I am very burned out and have been for months. For the Strength of All has served its purpose; most of us made it through the entire year, and I know that it has been a HUGE blessing in my life. But now I’m barely paying attention to it, as you’ve possibly noticed by the many late/missed posts this segment. Thank you all for sticking with this. I’m considering bringing it back once I get on my mission, but it’s hard to say. If anyone wants to take over, I’d be happy to let them; just email admin@ftsoa.com and I’ll quickly get back to you.

Thank you again for sticking with this. I hope you’ve felt the blessings that come from living the standards found in For the Strength of Youth.

Have a great General Conference!

~ George

2016 Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #21 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“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.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today I, ____________________, will have the courage to turn away from that which drives away the Spirit.


“You live in a world where technological advances occur at an astounding pace. It is difficult for many of my generation to keep up with the possibilities. Depending on how technology is used, these advances can be a blessing or a deterrent. Technology, when understood and used for righteous purposes, need not be a threat but rather an enhancement to spiritual communication.

“For example, many of us have a personal electronic device that fits into our pocket. We are seldom without its company; we may refer to it many times a day. Unfortunately, these devices can be a source of filth and wasted time. But, used with discipline, this technology can be a tool of protection from the worst of society.

“Who could have imagined not very many years ago that the full standard works and years of general conference messages would fit into your pocket? Just having them in your pocket will not protect you, but studying, pondering, and listening to them during quiet moments of each day will enhance communication through the Spirit.

“Be wise in how you embrace technology. Mark important scriptures on your device and refer back to them frequently. If you young people would review a verse of scripture as often as some of you send text messages, you could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized. Those passages would prove to be a powerful source of inspiration and guidance by the Holy Ghost in times of need.” – For Peace At Home by Richard G. Scott


Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”

2016 Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #20 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, commit to seeking that which is virtuous, that which is lovely, that which is of good report, and that which is praiseworthy.


“And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing.” – Moroni 10:30, referenced in For the Strength of Youth

“Many families are striving to emphasize good media in their homes. “We encourage our children to use technology for good whenever possible,” Sister Christensen writes. “At times, we’ve had a laptop in the kitchen where children can play games on the Friend website, and now our son is encouraged to help me with FamilySearch indexing. He also likes to explore the FamilySearch website and dabble in family history. I believe it is important that we show our children how to ‘stand in holy places’ online as well as in real life. They need to know the power for good that they have when they use technology correctly.”” – Taming the Media by Starla Awerkamp Butler


Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”

2016 Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #19 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“Guard your safety and the safety of others by taking great care what personal information and images you share through technology.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, commit to guarding my safety and the safety of others by taking great care about what personal information and images I share through technology.


“For honest Latter-day Saint youth, walking off with that CD without paying for it isn’t even an option. But in a world with millions of free songs only a mouse-click away, the line between legal and illegal sometimes seems blurry, and some of the same youth think file sharing is different from everyday stealing.

“But think about it for a minute. No matter what you call it—file sharing, pirating, free downloads, peer-to-peer networks—taking something you should have paid for is stealing, and stealing is wrong…

“Like me, a lot of people think downloading a song or two for free is no big deal. Would a dollar even make a difference to the millionaire musicians who recorded those songs? Probably not, but a better question is, “Is my integrity worth so little that I would give it up for a dollar a song?” The answer, of course, is no…

“President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, “How rare a gem, how precious a jewel is the man or woman in whom there is neither guile nor deception nor falsehood!” We can all be that kind of man or woman by being honest in everything we say and do. When we come across a tempting situation—like illegally downloading music—we can remember how much our integrity is worth, and that for just a dollar we can maintain it.” – It’s Just a Copy, Right? by Janessa Cloward


Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”

2016 Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #18 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“Take care that your use of media does not dull your sensitivity to the Spirit or interfere with your personal relationships with others.”

Today and until April 3, I, ____________________, will take care that my use of media does not dull my sensitivity to the Spirit or interfere with my personal relationships with others by not using it for long periods of time.


“Some addictions or predilections, while not inherently evil, can use up our precious allotment of time which could otherwise be used to accomplish virtuous objectives. These can include excessive use of social media, video and digital games, sports, recreation, and many others.

How we preserve time for family is one of the most significant issues we face in most cultures. At a time when I was the only member of the Church in our law firm, one woman lawyer explained to me how she always felt like a juggler trying to keep three balls in the air at the same time. One ball was her law practice, one was her marriage, and one was her children. She had almost given up on time for herself. She was greatly concerned that one of the balls was always on the ground. I suggested we meet as a group and discuss our priorities. We determined that the primary reason we were working was to support our families. We agreed that making more money wasn’t nearly as important as our families, but we recognized that serving our clients to the best of our abilities was essential. The discussion then moved to what we did at work that was not necessary and was inconsistent with leaving time for family. Was there pressure to spend time in the workplace that was not essential? We decided that our goal would be a family-friendly environment for both women and men.  Let us be at the forefront in protecting time for family.” – Lamentations of Jeremiah: Beware of Bondage by Elder Quentin L. Cook (emphasis added)


Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”

2016 Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #17 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“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.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until April 3, I, ____________________, will have the courage to turn away from that which drives away the Spirit.


“If you have not been wise at times and have occasionally chosen to view or listen to the wrong content, decide now to make a change. If those bad choices have diminished your ability to feel the Spirit, get on your knees and ask Heavenly Father for strength and forgiveness. And if you are still having trouble, ask for help from your parents or bishop. You may feel ashamed or scared to talk to them, but that means you need to do it all the more. With courage and humility you can overcome your challenges, and when you do, you will feel the glorious peace and joy of repentance.” – Lights … Camera … Action! by Adrián Ochoa


Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”

2016 Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #16 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

Today and until April 3, I, ____________________, commit to seeking that which is virtuous, that which is lovely, that which is of good report, and that which is praiseworthy.


“Because Satan uses media to try to mislead us into breaking God’s commandments, you should follow with unwavering determination the counsel given in For the Strength of Youth: “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.”

Remember that in reality you are here in this life to develop your faith, to be tested, and to learn and be happy. As a member of Christ’s true Church, you have great power to help you. You have the power of the Holy Ghost to warn you when something in front of you is not right. You also have the power of agency, so you can choose what you will and will not do.” – Lights … Camera … Action! by Adrián Ochoa


Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”