“What activities should I do in my free time to make it more valuable?” New Era, August 2018
Do something that matters. Sometimes I waste my time doing meaningless things, like surfing the internet for two hours, and I regret it later. You could try to develop a new talent, work on Personal Progress or Duty to God, tutor a sibling or friend, grow a garden, write a story, or get organized—the possibilities are endless. The rule I live by is to make sure my use of free time is always helping me work toward a finished product.
Kimberly A., 19, Alaska, USA
There is a quote in my living room that says, “Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” Think about the type of person you want to become and the goals you have. Choose to do things that will help you achieve those goals. Do things that will allow you to keep the Spirit with you and that align with the standards in For the Strength of Youth.
Amy P., 16, Kentucky, USA
The activity I love doing most in my free time is singing hymns. I made it a goal to memorize as many Church hymns as I could. I usually download some hymns I want to learn so I can listen to them anytime I have a free moment.
Justice O., 16, Orlu, Nigeria
I make my free time more meaningful and valuable by studying the Book of Mormon. It is the keystone of our religion and, in the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith, we can “get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (introduction to the Book of Mormon).
Lynne T., 18, Accra, Ghana
You first need to think about the person you want to be in a few years. Then you can decide what you should do now with your free time to achieve that goal. At the end of each day, I think about what my goals are and make a schedule of what I will do the next day with my free time.
Elder Agostinelli, 20, Chile Santiago West Mission
One great way to use your free time is by studying the Lord’s doctrine. From an eternal perspective, reading scriptures, Church magazine articles, and other uplifting materials will benefit you a lot more than doing other activities.
Josh C., 13, Tennessee, USA