Great thought! Great research! I used to live on social media. Since the fast, I
am not so judgmental of others. Everyday I would get these posts and feeds and
comments that would create negativity and ill feelings towards others because it
was in my face 24/7I love spending more time doing other things. Btw
to all those who thought that social media was a scheme so close to elections to
keep us misinformed. Um think for yourselves! We women are bright and
intelligent to research on our own. Ie go to a LIVE debate. We see the reality
around us. We know who will benefit us and who will not. We don’t need
social media bossing us around or the propaganda to influence us either! ;)
Happy messed up day! And it’s ok! I’m not perfect and I’m ok
When it comes to politics, I have to admit I've stopped trusting social
media. I purposely don't get information on politics from social media
because how grossly skewed a large number of posts are. I read the news and go
to the politicians websites. Really I think a social media fast would help us
make even better political choices if we are truly still seeking out
information. We aren't better prepared to make political choices by knowing
what every Jo Show "thinks" is going on.
Personally, I think a fast from Social Media is a good thing!! Mostly I use it
only to inform my family overseas of news in my local family - such as a Mission
call, or Birthday wishes- because the Mail ( post office is to slow). They do
likewise! Or we use email! And Facebook has at times also been disgusting and
getting things on it from people that I do not know! A fast from it was really a
good thing !!
Read page 86 in Clayton M Christensen's "The Power of Everyday
The RebelTVPrank guys on the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) sure have a
lot of fun pulling chairs from unattentive peers and smashing pies into their
faces because of tunnel vision Smart or I-Phone face glued to the screen
Which programs are actually social media? Do they include email?
I believe it was an invitation. The hope is that folks will see the blessings of
less time on line and more time doing other worthwhile activities. Nobody should
be offended by such an invitation. I believe there are noticeable blessings that
will accompany accepting the invite. Folks can choose otherwise.
@Sutton...youth have had their fast, women now...I'm guessing
will will also receive an invitation...Given the nature of social
media as a way to stay connected with friends and family, church sites, news
outlets...it would not be feasible to ask the whole church membership to
participate in a fast at the same time...
This is an easy one for me, because my 10 day fast ends tomorrow. It was
quiet, peaceful, and somewhat indescribable. I read out loud to myself.But since I could not partake of all four of our prophets suggestions, I
substituted a ten-day breakfast/lunch fast for full participation in relief
society (I teach primary.) I plan to heartily enjoy breakfast,
lunch, facebook, yelp, radio, and television starting tomorrow. :-)
I found the invitation from President Nelson to fast briefly from social media
platforms of my choice...to be quite refreshing.I use a couple platforms
'for good'...as outlined by Elder Bednar:Four guidelines
for social media messages:Elder Bednar invited members to “sweep the
earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth” following these
four guidelines:Be authentic and consistent.Seek to edify and
uplift rather than to argue, debate, condemn, or belittle.Respect the
intellectual property of other people and organizations.Be wise and
vigilant in protecting yourself and those you love. (Remember, the world will
have access to your messages and photos for all time)._____________I
have no intention of eliminating social media from daily use...the Spirit has
borne witness to me relative to my personal usage...I feel good about how and
how often I am online given my personal circumstances. Much of my ministering
takes place via social media and is most effective...thank you Pres. Nelson for
the suggested pause.Today is the 17th...10 days for many who began
their fast on Conference Sunday...amazing how many sisters are back on their
Why wasn't this council given to men? or to the whole church.... Why just
I was shocked that such a simple request garnered such ugly reactions- even from
some in the church! Upon reading several articles re: the fast, particularly in
regards to political issues, I though, "So, your activism is more important
than following the prophet? Activism over obedience." To see the
prophet's request tossed aside as if if didn't apply to
"them," was astounding. One woman quoted in a Guardian piece, said
(paraphrasing)' Well, we believe in personal revelation in the church. We
can decide for ourselves which counsel applies and what doesn't.' Wow.
It's sad that we've reached that point. The counsel we
receive can be difficult or uncomfortable for everyone, regardless of one's
politics or issues, but it isn't on the leadership to change to make us
happy, it's for us to change, to understand the refining process we are
here to undergo. To become like Him who was obedient.We were never
told our numbers would be large, and in fact we can expect them to be quite
small, and getting smaller. If something as simple as a media fast can garner so
much angst, imagine if we were asked to do something like cross the plains in
RE: "Is President Nelson's social media challenge such a terrible
thing?"...---Who said it's a "terrible" thing?I doubt the prophet would ask us to do something terrible.Oh
wait... is commenting on the DesNews considered "social media"... Dough!
It is the responsibility of all people to balance and manage their own lives
within their own boundaries and lines. Some people are obsessive compulsive
with social media. Many are not, and use it to their benefit. Some are
obsessive compulsive in their religious beliefs too. Keeping in touch with
groups of friends, likeminded issues, support groups, and even sharing political
and other issues is one way to keep informed.I think it is important
to take whatever council is given with a grain of salt and then apply it
whatever way works for the individual. There are posers here who
say it is the "word of the Lord". Well frankly we have heard that many
times before, and like everything, issues must be studied in context and with an
open mind. Blind following is not what we are supposed to do. Social
Media can be important A lifeline to real social issues. The election and
it's outcome will change America either for the worse, or better.
Women's access to information helps them make a decisions that will affect
their family. Cutting off women only seems very odd and discriminatory, and
frankly a little condescending to women. Why not men?
Its all a matter of who you want to follow. The world? Or the Lord?Everyone should ask: "Do I spend more time with social media? Or in
studying, pondering and living the gospel?"
Well done, Savannah. Keep up the good work. Remember the organizations,
philosophies, and people who criticize the prophets and remain vigilant so you
don't get caught in their web. It's going to be difficult if you
remain in journalism, but it can be done."May we maintain the
courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose the harder right instead of
the easier wrong."-- President Thomas S. Monson
I'm retired but I'm very busy so I spend very little time on social
media. It's mind rot. Why in the world would anyone with any respect for
their brains read it?
Is Deseret News considered "social media"?
Critics are critics. That is why they are called critics. Also, in this day
and age of Twitter and social media, why do we think anything would have 100%
approval? We could find a cure for cancer and there would be "critics".
There have always been and always will be critics of everything, but because
"10" twitter followers click on dislike, we have to make a story about
it. I took President Nelson's social media fast a few months ago when he
announced it to the Young Men and Young Women and went 21 days and could have
gone longer. I check Facebook once a week and every time it reminds me of the
garbage that is there and that it is a waste of time. Stop listening to
critics. They will always be there and like the Primary song says," Follow
Oh man, how the heck can a social media fast be construed as an attempt to
"silence women's voices for the upcoming US election"??That might be the most ridiculous thing I've read for awhile! If you aren't going to inform yourself and go vote just because you
haven't been on social media for 10 days (Which 10 days ends THREE WEEKS
before the election) then your problem isn't with a social media fast. And if you are going to believe these totally ridiculous accusations,
your problem is also not with missing a few days of social media.....
Social Media. I run a Facebook group for people in recovery from
addiction. It offers contact for those locally who can’t make meetings
because of work or other obligations. It offers support for those outside the
area who don’t have anything locally. I am on several
addiction recovery support groups as a member. We share experience, strength,
and hope and support each other. Some are across the country, others are in
Cleveland. I am on Facebook as part of several organizations - we
use it to communicate and organize.I am on Facebook to follow
several people who give news analysis or who report on events - I am kept
informed in a way the media doesn’t provide. I am on Facebook
as part of organizing efforts to respond to problems in society. I
am on Facebook to keep up with friends - some I have not seen in years, some I
have never met, some I see several times a week. Social Media is
what you make of it.
If missing 10 days of updates in social media is going to change how you vote,
then with respect I think you aren't educating yourself thoroughly enough
on the issues.
Orson shared this wise and true observation: "LGBT and feminist activists,
both in and out of the church, being led and informed by the philosophies of the
world, will especially criticize. One activist group (in the media) called Pres.
Oak's teachings "rhetoric." Prophetic pronouncements and eternal
truths are not "rhetoric."As more and more people use as
their guide the "philosophies of the world", the world will continue to
decline in morality, prosperity and enlightenment. What we will see is more
war, fear, consternation and ultimately anarchy.
Although the social media challenge has been quite literally a challenge for me,
there's so much more to Pres. Nelson's challenge. It's not just a
social media fast, but a fast from any media that brings negative or impure
thoughts (but he never described what that could be, so it's very
personalized and up the the individual to decide what that could be). There
were also 3 other parts to his challenge: read the Book of Mormon, attend the
temple regularly, and participate fully in Relief Society. My fast from
social media has given me time to do the rest of the challenges. This challenge
was not to silence women, but to help us realize there is so much more we could
be doing! As the mouthpiece of our Father in Heaven, he gave us a challenge that
will help us leave distractions and put more effort into building the Kingdom.
If we truly believe that the prophet is the mouthpiece of the Lord,
why are we having a hard time with this? What if the Lord himself asked us to do
a social media fast? Would we hesitate?? I sure hope I wouldn't.
Most of the 16 million members do not live in the US, and President
Nelson's words weren't only for the US but for the world. It's
naive and myopic to assume this challenge was to silence women's voices for
the upcoming US election.
What are we here (on earth) for? We're here to better ourselves. We can
take control of our own lives. If something you are doing, thinking, reading,
participating in, doesn't further your life - give it up. Easier said than
done, you say? No one said it would be easy - only that it can be done. YOU are
the master of your life. Tune out the negative, the meanness, the
protesters. All of that comes from people who want YOU to do what THEY want. Be
your own master.
I sat with my wife to watch the women's meeting and also took up the social
media fast challenge. I've used the time to read some books I've
wanted to read. I haven't missed the social media.I find the
negative reaction symptomatic of the core problem - people are triggered by
angsty messaging which they've built a neurochemical need for - the same
thing that happens to people who need to check in daily with Breitbart or Fox
News.After the Kavanaugh episode, our family took a complete break
from media for a week. We have enjoyed talking about other topics and getting
less frustrated. I feel sorry for people that can't take a
simple invitation and find something to gain or learn from it, rather than
taking offense. She/he who hath ears to hear, let him/her hear...
I’m a guy. I watched Women’s Conference with as much interest as the
other sessions.I’m currently on my own social media fast and
almost done with 1 Nephi as part of the BofM challenge. I’m
loving it! It’s 100% wonderful!I see no ulterior motive other
than to help us be less connected electronically and more connected spiritually.
Because of family and job, I didn't leave social media entirely but altered
my "fast"--I snoozed about 95% of my contacts on Facebook for a month,
and kept up only my family and work and church. (Since I find twitter and
instagram boring, it was easy to leave those.) It's been wonderful to not
have to peek into so many lives every day, to not see their vitriol and angst
about politics, to narrow my focus to only that which encourages and uplifts.
I'm going to make this a permanent change, and I think that was
the spirit of what Pres. Nelson wanted us to get: what can you let go to shift
your focus to where it needs to be?
Did the author of this article take the challenge?
Anything a prophet counsels is going to be criticized. As Elder Oaks
noted in his message, "Our positions . . . frequently provoke opposition to
the Church. We consider that inevitable."As it becomes more and
more singular in its standards, and in teaching its members to keep the
commandments, the church will be more and more singled out by the world for
criticism--"inevitable"--though not enjoyable.LGBT and
feminist activists, both in and out of the church, being led and informed by the
philosophies of the world, will especially criticize. One activist group (in the
media) called Pres. Oak's teachings "rhetoric." Prophetic
pronouncements and eternal truths are not "rhetoric."So we
have a choice; safely follow the prophet, or, follow the voices of social media.
Usually we can't do both without getting spiritually ripped apart. That is
why so many activists eventually exit the church--they are supporting the wrong
(Written Sunday the 14th of October)Well, the women who took
President Nelson up on his challenge and started their media fast the next day
will have gone through their ten days and be finished the day after tomorrow.
Perhaps they will have benefitted from their electronic respite, and perhaps
not. They will likely be Facebook-ing about their experiences as the naysayers
are still complaining, probably interminably.