Erin Stewart: What I learned from my 10-day social media fast

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  • Sutton Cedar City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2018 9:23 a.m.

    lichfieldd - Fillmore, UT
    “My kids have a family messenger site that we keep in contact with and so they added the pictures there that they would post on Facebook.”

    So what you’re saying is that you really didn’t fast....

  • lichfieldd Fillmore, UT
    Nov. 1, 2018 9:43 a.m.

    I too decided to take the challenge and found that I didn't miss it. My kids have a family messenger site that we keep in contact with and so they added the pictures there that they would post on Facebook. I didn't want to give up that because that is how I do keep in contact with my children and grandchildren. But staying off of Facebook was easier than I thought and I decided to make it permanent. I have to ask real people for information about things instead of looking to see what is posted. More focusing on what is important instead of what isn't. Great article.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2018 9:06 a.m.

    Erin, thank you. This is among your best.

    I was particularly impressed that you acknowledged you were "disappearing from the real world into the online one." It is no small matter to recognize that there is an online world (or many). This may be an opportunity to ponder the importance of the Creation, its fundamental doctrines and characteristics, and accept that we are here to work within its parameters.

    Online worlds were not created by an all-powerful creator in order to bring us to him. Instead, they were created to address perceived shortcomings of this world, and they encourage the adoption of deceptions (e.g., gender is merely a social construct) that tempt the unwary to reject the actual Creation and ultimately the Savior.

    Consider this injunction from general conference:

    As this world moves swiftly to alternative realities, we must remember the words of Jacob that "the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls" (Jacob 4:13).
    -- Elder Jack Gerard, Oct 2018