Brother Randall Ridd speaks during the priesthood session of general conference.
Brother Randall Ridd addressed young men in the priesthood session of general conference as “the choice generation,” saying he did so “because never before in history have individuals had so many choices.”
“More choices mean more opportunities. More opportunities mean more potential to do good and, unfortunately, evil,” warned Brother Ridd, second counselor in the Young Men general presidency. “I believe that God sent you here at this time because He trusts you to successfully discern among the mind-boggling choices available.”
He quoted President Spencer W. Kimball who said in 1974, “I believe that the Lord is anxious to put into our hands inventions of which we laymen have hardly had a glimpse.”
“And He has!” Brother Ridd exclaimed. “You are growing up with one of the greatest tools for good in the history of man: the Internet. With it comes an elaborate buffet of choices. The abundance of choice, however, carries with it an equal portion of accountability. It facilitates your access to both the very best and the very worst the world has to offer.”
The Internet tracks one’s online behavior, he said, “in a sense, your ‘cyber book of life.’ As in life, the Internet will give more and more of what you seek. If your desires are pure, the Internet can magnify them, making it ever easier to engage in worthy pursuits. But the opposite is also true.”
He warned, “My young brothers, if you are not proactive in educating your desires, the world will do it for you.”
He offered four principles to help this “choice generation” educate their desires and guide their use of technology:
“Knowing who you really are makes decisions easier.”
“Remember that you hold the hold the holy priesthood,” he said. “This will inspire you to make the correct choices as you use the Internet and throughout your life.”
“Plug into the source of power.”
“As important as it is to leave home every day with a full charge on your cell phone, it is far more important to be fully charged spiritually,” he said.
“Owning a smart phone does not make you smart, but using it wisely can.”
“There are countless ways technology can distract you from what is most important,” Brother Ridd warned.
“The Lord provides technology to accomplish His purposes.”
"Use it to accelerate your progress toward perfection,” he admonished.
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