Though we sometimes focus on the negative aspects of technology, there is much good that can be accomplished with its aid. The second counselor of the Young Men general presidency, M. Joseph Brough, recently shared ways youth can benefit from the good technology can bring into their lives when used for gospel purposes.
It is difficult to name all the good things that can be done using technology, but here are some spiritual principles that will help you to effectively use technology.
1. Use technology to do things that would be pleasing to God.
“Every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God” (Moroni 7:16). If Jesus had had such a tool, how would He use it? Asking the question “What would Jesus do?” invites revelation. Along with prayerful consideration, the answer to that question will give us ideas as to how we can use these technologies for study, service, and building His kingdom. Asking that question also helps us to keep the covenants we make each week to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ and always remember Him.
2. Be respectful with the use of your smartphone or tablet in church.
If Jesus were in a sacrament meeting, priesthood meeting, or Sunday School class, how would He use His smartphone? Would He be playing a video game or texting friends, or would He be reading scriptures and thoughts related to the lesson? Would He be respectful of the speaker or teacher and those around Him who are learning the truths of the gospel? We all know the answer to those questions.