Monday, March 25, 2013

House of Order -- Establish a Home that Invites the Spirit

I hadn't done public speaking about organizing for a couple years, as I've been too busy to accept invitations for the most part. I forgot how much I love it!  This was a group of close to 100 women in Pleasant View, Utah.  They were a great crowd.  

The flyer they used to advertise the event.  I found out later that the woman in charge of the event requested that every less active sister in their area be given a personal invitation. We had women come who never come to church. That put a smile on my face. 

I usually bring props to give ideas for organizing closets, cupboards, shelves, drawers, papers, food storage, spices, jewelry, toys, and so on. 

I like to have the ladies look over and discuss with their neighbor a page of quotes and scriptures about having a house of order, de-cluttering, prioritizing, and avoiding materialism. We discuss some of their favorites, and it gets the crowd going.  

Before I speak I always pray that God will put words in my mouth and say what God wants me to say.  Even though I'm recruited to speak about organizing topics like de-cluttering, containers, routines, and job charts, virtually every time I feel inspired to bring up how Satan is using electronic media to get to so many youth in this day and age. I talk about the difference between God's media and Satan's media, as found in For the Strength of Youth. (I was referencing the old version here. The one I missed was righteous choices. Number three was good thoughts.)  

I usually tell them I know of youth who miss missions because they're addicted to violent video games. Others send themselves home from missions because they're addicted to texting, gaming, facebooking, you name it.  Some young couples' marriages are struggling because one spouse gives more time and attention to computer games or social media than to the marriage.  

I usually invite everyone in the room to go home and pray to see if God wants them to change the way they use media in their home:  
  • throw away certain movies or magazines
  • get a filter on the internet
  • move computers to public areas in the home
  • take the internet off children's ipods (can you do that?)
  • set family rules of turning in electronics at 9 PM
  • leave the television off during dinner time (most of it's junk anyway) 
  • Randy Wright has given a challenge to turn off all electronic media for seven days, and write in your journal each day about what you notice. 

The updated For the Strength of Youth summarizes it into five types of media to avoid (see page 11): 
  1. Vulgar
  2. Immoral 
  3. Violent
  4. Pornographic in any way 
  5. Drives away the Spirit 
  6. Leads you away from righteous living 

Select only media that uplifts you. ... Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in anything that presents immorality or violence as acceptable. 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. ... Take care that your use of media does not dull your sensitivity to the Spirit or interfere with your personal relationships with others. ... some information and entertainment can lead you away from righteous living. 

My quote collection is huge on this topic. I'll share one: 

"Satan has made the television and film media among his most effective tools to destroy minds and souls" (Joseph B. Worthlin, "The Priesthood of God," Ensign, Nov. 1988, 34).

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Such a great post!! I love the idea of going home and praying about how we use media. Such a great idea!