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February 1, 2023

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KathyOctober 18, 2018

Thank you. I'm a caregiver for a parent and do not have much time for FB. But I have friends who spend a lot of time 'connecting'. Our prophet has helped us to clear our heads a little, and strive to find the most important things to do, in our own lives. As a 12 Step Group Leader, and dealing with not only the weaknesses of others, but my own "mortality", there is so much we need to do to stay on the path. Thank you for helping us make our reality checks, and daily accountability.

JoanOctober 17, 2018

Another great article! I don't like to pass up a chance to read any of your articles because I really enjoy your writing. You have a wonderful way of expressing yourself.

Connor HansenOctober 17, 2018

I agree with some of the statements in this article, but I do not agree with that statement that no one goes to Facebook to hear opposing opinions. I post on my FB all different types of questions to see what others have to say about it. I, of course, have my own opinion, but I love to hear what other people have to say about different matters. I think the arguments and the fighting I've seen on social media is more of a reflection of the hearts of the people, not social media itself. I was listening to the BBC and heard an Irishman change his opinion on live radio after talking to a Brit. I think this is the kind of open-mindedness that's needed in America, but sadly too many people refuse to become humble and learn. I don't think I would ever see an American politician change their opinion in front of a crowd.

Kristina BakerOctober 17, 2018

Yes! Exactly! Well said, great read! Well thought out and thorough! I came to these realizations by the Holy Spirit through pondering, when my (many many many years inactive) sister (basically a "non" member in her stance) asked about the social media fast & why was it pointed at women, not men also. I am going to share this with my mom (an active member) and as many others I can find

Diane IrwinOctober 17, 2018

I did the 7 day fast with the youth. I thought it would be hard, but it wasn't. I went back to my normal addiction of Facebook, though. But when I did the 10 day fast, I realized how most of the postings are not worth my time. I have not returned to Facebook; I am not in any hurry. I also avoided talk shows that are so argumentative. I am so grateful for the Prophet's Counsel!

Lynn SOctober 17, 2018

I am not on FB very often except just to check my ward Relief Society page and Stake FB Page and check on family members to see what they are up to so I did not think this was much of a sacrifice for me. So when the Prophet challenged us, I felt the Spirit whisper to me I needed to give up the home decorating TV shows I have on constantly when I am at home (except on Sundays). Even if I am doing other things, it is still a distraction and I believe keeping my mind from being free to receive promptings of the Spirit. And also maybe making me a little too covetous and caring too much for the things of this world! I really appreciated your article!

Alisi FiliagaOctober 17, 2018

Appreciate this article and Thank you

Patricia M HurtOctober 17, 2018

"Social media is not our way to step up and be powerful in our influence, a heart sensitive to the whispering of the Spirit is" So very true. Thank you for the article.

pamOctober 17, 2018

Thank you, my sentiments exactly!

Lisa ReisingOctober 17, 2018

I love the feelings of spiritual confirmation that have come as I read your words Mariah - thank you and hooray for strong women who can see with discernment and stand out for being different from the world in positive ways! Although FB is not my particular distraction at this time - it was in the past and I already significantly pruned it out - this time it was silly games on my phone that sucked up down time, and when I heard Pres Nelson's challenge, I knew immediately that my games were going to be shut down for at least 10 days. WOW - what I have been able to DO instead has amazed me. Our brains need creative time, not mindless or agitative activities. This turned out to be more restful than anything else - and infuses joy into the soul!!

Ann WOctober 17, 2018

I don't do social media, but Pres. Nelson also said to stay away from things that were negative. I wanted to participate in the fast, so I chose to not listen to talk radio or news programs for 10 days. I managed to do quite well without them.

Beth TeeplesOctober 17, 2018

My deepest thoughts expressed so beautifully!! Thank you. So grateful for a Prophet to inspire us to higher and holier efforts. I joined the youth last year in the social media fast and felt it was good. This time and adding restarting my reading of the Book of Mormon from the first chapter of 1 Nephi I have been literally sweetly and consistently overwhelmed by our Father in Heaven's instructions, love, peace and direction. How can we not be strengthened in following sound counsel. Thank you so much for sharing.

KathyOctober 17, 2018

I gave you a standing ovation after reading your article. Literally. I stood up and clapped. Bravo!

Judi EnglishOctober 17, 2018

Thank you for putting into words exactly what I’ve been feeling lately about social media. I started the fast right after general conference, thinking it was going to be hard but it wasn’t!!! I have not missed Facebook at all and I’m not sure...but I think I will continue my fast for an indefinite time. I, too, have accomplished so much without the “call” to find out what my “friends” have been up to. Thank you!!

DebsterOctober 17, 2018

I appreciate your insight on this challenge. I was puzzled as to what we sisters were seeing on social media that motivated this challenge. I am doing it because President Nelson asked us to but I prayed to know what negative influences he felt we were exposing ourselves to. Thank you again for sharing.

LindaOctober 17, 2018

I have been amazed at how more positive I have become and how many more important things I have spent my time on during this media fast. I had become one of the mindless scrollers, and I’m not proud of that. It’s not that I didn’t do good things and service before — it’s just that I have been able to do so much more. The negativity that can be so pervasive on social media had really affected me. If I find I can’t use it with strong limits, I will be off for good.

Sister Katherine Boswell, Prague, Czech RepublicOctober 17, 2018

I admit, when I first heard President Nelson's challenge to women, my initial reaction is that it didn't really apply to me. As a senior sister missionary, I spend very little time on social media other than to communicate with the Young Single Adults we work with here in Prague. I already read the Book of Mormon every day, I'm fully engaged in Relief Society, and there isn't a temple in our mission. But the prophet had spoken and I wanted to be obedient, so I decided to start over with the Book of Mormon and read it through again before the end of the year as requested. I decided to cut back on extraneous Internet useage, and to spend more time doing indexing since I can't regularly go to the temple. I can already sense a distinct improvement in feeling the Spirit. This morning as I read I Nephi 17:41 it really hit me: "...He sent fiery flying serpents among them; and after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed; and the labor which they had to perform was to look; and because of the easiness of it, there were many who perished." The prophet has asked us to "look", to do 4 simple things in order to be protected from the fiery serpents of this world. How many of us will refuse to follow his counsel, because it seems too easy? After all why would looking at a brazen snake on a pole bring healing? Why would avoiding social media, attending the temple and Relief Society, and studying the Book of Mormon make any difference? Blessings come from obedience, from doing the small and simple things. I'm eternally grateful for being led by a living prophet of God.

sueOctober 17, 2018

I totally agree with you on this one. I have been wondering why I have used FB as much as I did. It is like a sugar addiction, but maybe worse. Now there is filthy language, and nasty political arguments, people telling you details about their daily lives,and constant "selfies." FB is very liberal, and blocks conservative news and posts, and there is plenty of fake news. Since I don't use a cell phone, I never post anything about my life. Occasionally I may tell something of interest. Since I have a variety of friends, I have learned some very interesting things, as some people seem to post thematically.Some people to whom I have been drawn to in friendship,have turned out to be cousins which has mostly been a plus. I do love collecting cousins. I receive two or more very good, conservative Think Tanks, one having great quotes relevant to current news,so I post those and usually receive positive responses. I only have a step family, so I like to keep up with them, some of them having difficulties. And in a world were people keep changing their cell phone connections, FB seems to be a good way to keep up with some of them. It is a good way to share the Gospel, but in general, I am sick of FB and will just go on occasionally. There are some good groups that have been very helpful to me,and other pluses that I wonder if are even worth the time! I won't be on FB very much anymore..

A different strategyOctober 17, 2018

Because of work I wasn't able to leave Facebook entirely, but did the next best thing: I "snoozed" about 95% of my contacts and left only work and religious groups as my contacts. What a difference! Social media helps me connect with other members of the church (I live in a very rural environment and I need that interaction), but eliminating the news, the gossip, the unnecessary details of people I really don't know--that changed everything. I'm going to make this change permanent, staying in contact only with my family and those who uplift me spiritually and emotionally. The rest of the 95%? They'll never know I'm no longer there, and I'll never miss the drama.

Phyllis WhiteOctober 17, 2018

Thank you, Mariah, for sharing your inspired insights and putting into words my own feelings. I am pained by the meanness that permeates today’s dialogue and the manner by which an increasing number of the citizens of this great nation (and the world) are treating one another. When we place as our priority earnestly seeking after that which is “virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy” the interest in and desire for that which is not ceases to exist. The media fast is a good thing.

Suzanne JohnsonOctober 17, 2018

I don’t live in Utah, but I agree that social media (aka Facebook and LinkedIn for me) does not provide any useful information to me politically. I can honestly say that my beliefs, opinions and political leanings have not yet been influenced in the opposite direction by any postings on social media - if anything the postings I ever see (which are typically inflamitory, derogatory, nothing useful) solidify my position and I “unfollow” that post or person so I dont have to read their nonsense (nor the inflamed responses the posts garner). Another thing that was amazing about the timeliness of President Nelson’s request to fast for ten days is I heard Facebook was “hacked” - and those of us who participated in the fast (and let our friends and followers know we were fasting for ten days) were not affected. Because the “hackers” created false accounts with our pictures and names and made requests to connect to our contacts again - but our contacts knew that we were not on FB so they immediately knew the requests were not us and that it was a fake request from a hacker. Bravo President Nelson! Impeccable timing! Oh, and as my friend said and I agree, super happy this was a fast from social media and not food ;-)

Barry HOctober 17, 2018

Very well said. Your comments about political discourse on social media being a game of reduction with no intention of gaining understanding is especially perceptive.



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