Are You Naked Without The Phone?

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Last night at the temple before the session started, I sat in the chapel reading the Bible. You know that feeling when the verses start saying all kinds of things to you? It feels like you read some words on the page but instead the answers to prayers you’ve prayed are pushing their way into your mind.. That is the power of scripture. It is a beautiful thing! But that is not what I wanted to write about right now. I want to write about what happened next. I reached for my phone to record the bits of truth popping into my head.

Ah. No phone. Only a white dress with empty pockets.

“Shoot!” I thought, “My truths are going to float away!” #abysmalmemory

We (almost) all have phones that act as extensions of our mind. For example, how many cell phone numbers do you have memorized? Do you ever get in the car to drive to a new place and rely totally on your maps app to navigate you? Does anyone carry a pocket camera anymore? Your phone contains books to read and lists to do. It gives you the weather and the time, it even is your entire standard works, plus all the ensigns and manuals…

But, if our phone is diminishing the power of our mind, then we are up a creek because……

We can’t bring our phone to heaven!!!

We spend so much time adding apps to our phone, updating it to the newest version and syncing it to the nearest wi-fi network. Are we spending equal time adding value to our mind, updating our knowledge and syncing our minds to the ultimate source of wisdom?

When we stand before God, we will not have our cell phones with us. As my wise father always says, when we return to heaven, we will have our experiences , our knowledge and our relationships. That’s it.

I’m not saying anything against smart phones =) I just think we should feel complete with just our minds rather than feeling like something is missing if our phone is not in hand.

As you study the smore below, evaluate your time spent– because if only our experiences, our knowledge and our relationships are coming with us, then it would make sense if we spent most of our time and energy working towards improving our experiences, deepening our knowledge and treasuring our relationships…right?

As Yenta would say, “Of course, right.”

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S: (Prayer/Ask) How am I using my time? (but…in God’s opinion, not ours!)

M: (Study) (be sure to write down thoughts you have as you read these quotes and scriptures)

God will not act to make us something we do not choose by our actions to become. Truly He loves us, and because He loves us, He neither compels nor abandons us. Rather He helps and guides us.

  • keep reading from the same talk…

We should (and we do) rejoice in the God-ordained plan that permits us to make choices to act for ourselves and experience the consequences, or as the scriptures express it, to “taste the bitter, that [we] may know to prize the good….In matters both temporal and spiritual, the opportunity to assume personal responsibility is a God-given gift without which we cannot realize our full potential as daughters and sons of God. Personal accountability becomes both a right and a duty that we must constantly defend; it has been under assault since before the Creation. We must defend accountability against persons and programs that would (sometimes with the best of intentions) make us dependent. And we must defend it against our own inclinations to avoid the work that is required to cultivate talents, abilities, and Christlike character.

  • and this great declaration:

It is God’s will that we be free men and women enabled to rise to our full potential both temporally and spiritually

For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy.

O: (Ponder)

  • How do I feel after I scroll through feeds on sites for deals, social media, news, photos, celebrity gossip, viral things, or anything else someone has made a list of….? Why?
  • Sometimes it is nice to ‘unwind’ after having to perform our duties all day long. What things might Satan tell us to do to unwind? How would God suggest we unwind? How do we honestly want to unwind?
  • Do I use my time better when someone else is watching? Why?

R: (Write) your thoughts, what you learned, impressions you received, and anything else in your scripture journal (include your thoughts on the study session question: How am I using my time? (but…in God’s opinion, not ours!) Also consider writing down the following:

  • Write a list of 5 things you do on your phone. Considering the discussion above, evaluate how these five things can (or.. can’t) contribute to building your spiritual self.
  • Write down a time in the past week when you made a conscious choice to use some free time wisely.

E: (Prayer/Thank)- thank God for what you’ve learned and ask if there is anymore.

The Challenge: Today when you are feeling the urge to do something on your phone that you feel doesn’t add to your spiritual self, say a prayer to feel stronger and then make an even better choice how to use your free moment.

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  1. joebuckwalter

    Whenever I think about time management Elder Oaks talk, “Good, Better, Best” always comes to mind.

    We should begin by recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives….Some uses of individual and family time are better, and others are best. We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families.

    1. larabuckwalter (Post author)

      Perfectly stated– thanks for sharing that quote! Trying to figure out how to use our time is a new challenge each day we wake up. Thank you Joseph for your comment!!

  2. Annette@FitnessPerks

    Wowzers. That was well stated! You have some of the best stories. So I know I could definitely rely less on my phone…!! :/ Can’t wait to study this later.

  3. Jen

    its interesting that you post about this subject today. I have been thinking a lot about this very subject and how, like anything, our phones are a habitual habit. I am starting to wish they weren’t. Mine takes so much time away from other far more important things I should be doing! I wish every year to be better at reading my scriptures, and I always say that I don’t have any extra time…but if I put my phone away, I would open up some time. I’m really happy you’ve created this blog. I see it come up on FB and I’d much rather read what you have studied and pondered than the smut on FB. So, thank you for your efforts! It’s helping me with mine:)

    1. larabuckwalter (Post author)

      Thanks for your comment Jen! It’s so true that sometimes our little habits that we don’t care as much about end up taking more time than the big things that we really do care about! Did you see the quote Joseph posted from Elder Holland? I think about the good-better-best principle all the time. Thanks for reading what I’m posting, I appreciate knowing its bringing the scriptures more into someone elses life! =)

  4. annagreth bailey

    Lara, thank you for your blog.We read it together as a family and learn so much from it. What I like most is how everybody starts to discuss things and share there thoughts.

  5. larabuckwalter (Post author)

    I am so happy to hear that! I’m glad this sparks discussion and then everyone can add their take on things. =) Thanks for taking the time to comment!


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