Use common sense when using electronic devices. Try to follow the spirit. Have
the grace to forgive others when they make mistakes or somehow transgress the
line you consider right, pure and perfect. Try to avoid judging others
(including those who consider themselves right, pure and perfect). If you must
judge, please do so with perfect wisdom, absolute love, astonishing mercy and
Agree with most of you... common sense can reign. (Also agree that the primary
room is not an extension of the chapel... though Ward leadership may want to be
sensitive to parents who don't want pictures/videos of their kids on other
people's devices to be posted on facebook, etc.)I have to have my
phone because my assignments always take me to other buildings and even the
best-laid plans change with a daughter going to BYC, another child in a
presidency meeting... etc. I just have to respect those around me.And my iPad seems to have reduced my Sunday bag by about 40 pounds. This is
much less intrusive in meetings where there may not be a lot of room.I also like that it literally puts the handbook of instruction at everyone's
fingertips. That can only be for the good.
Since gospel truths don't change with the styles and trends of the time, I just
try to follow the principle which has allowed me to develop the testimony I
have: be reverent.If i need my scriptures, sure I'll opt for a
smart-device. Like you mentioned Angela, it's better to have, than not have, the
manuals in class.If there is a new investigator, why not exchange
phone numbers after Sunday School? Great way to fellowship and make new
friends!If I'm trying to schedule VT, I'd rather not lose the
appointments on a scrap paper in the bottom of my purse- put it right into the
calendar that is on my phone.If I notice my friend sitting alone,
I'll also send them a message to cheer them up during class. Or maybe a friend
isn't there during Sunday School? I'll text right then and there to invite them
to the next meeting.Not playing angry birds. Not replacing the
teacher. Just using that which we have today for good.
Oops too *much of a distraction. That was a weird autocorrect.
My personal favorite was when the woman directly in front of me was playing
Monopoly on her iPhone during Sacrament Meetng, and she couldn't even put it
down long enough to take the sacrament. Come ON, people!Personally,
we've had to make the iPad off limits during Sacrament Meeting because our two
oldest (ages 5 and 4) fight over whose turn it is. It's nice to have
gospel-themed activities there to keep them busy, but in general, it's just too
in of a distraction.On the other hand, since our new meetinghouse
doesn't have a Family History Center(R), we actually encourage people to bring
their laptops to the Family History Sunday School class and log onto the LAN.
Otherwise, the whole thing would be rather pointless.
@Steve T. 2:55Should the physician who is on call stay home from
church? There are legitimate uses for a cell phone at church.
When at Church, just shut the blasted thing off! Church is more important than
texting or talking to some one... What ever it is, IT CAN WAIT!
Though I'm not that old, I am a bit old fashioned. I have a cell phone, but
it's not fancy enough to upload scriptures and manuals. It just rings -- which
I make sure it doesn't do during church. I wouldn't take it - except my father
has physical problems and I need to be available 24/7 to respond if needed - if
he should fall at home or something.I don't approve of those who are
obviously busy with some electronic game during church, especially during
Sacrament Meeting (and I've seen that happen with both youth and adults - the
bleeping and rapid thumb movements were a dead give away, it wasn't a scripture
they were accessing). In my opinion, electronic gadgetry has its
place, but like all things, there are time when its appropriate and when its
not. Even thumbing through leather bound scriptures when you are on the clock
at work isn't appropriate.
Our family's policy is pretty straightforward: Cellphones stay home during
church. Even the parents' phones. It's actually nice to be off the
"electric leash" for a few hours, and really BE THERE when the Spirit
is present.I know it's not the solution for everyone, but it works
nicely for us.
I walk using 2 canes. It is very difficult to carry scriptures and manuals
around church. I bought an i-touch just so that I could load the church
information on it. I also downloaded the gospel art kit into an album. It
helps my daughter focus on Christ during the sacrament. I'm sorry if others
find my using it during church and sacrament distracting but it certainly helps
me with my sabbath day.
Great Article Angela. Balanced and objective. Good information and suggestions.
1. I was kind of with you until you suggested that all-stars use pen and paper.
No, they whip a notepad on their phone and take notes.2. RicoS -
The primary room is not an extension of the chapel, sorry.
Remember that it is NOT proper to take photographs--or videos--in the chapel,
whether by phone or by regular camera. And in the opinion of my bishop (and I
tend to agree), this also applies to the Primary room, which could be considered
an extension of the chapel.
The only thing I object to about phones/other high-tech is the noise they make
when they go off. Silence is golden! I use a small notebook computer at church,
as I have arthritis that makes my notes illegible, and I can touch type much
faster than writing. My scriptures are immediately available, and I can look up
verses faster than thumbing through the paper copy (although I read them at
home.) I love that we have technology that makes these helps possible. I just
hope we never go to PowerPoint for sacrament meeting talks!