“How do I keep my electronics from distracting me at church and seminary?”
    Footnotes

    “How do I keep my electronics from distracting me at church and seminary?” New Era, June 2019, 42–43.

    Q&A

    “How do I keep my electronics from distracting me at church and seminary?”

    smartphone and laptop

    Photograph by Janae Bingham

    Out of Sight, Out of Mind

    I recently noticed my tendency to use electronics during church and youth activities. It had become a habit. Anytime I saw my phone, I immediately had to grab it and check to see if I had any new notifications or text messages. The solution? Hiding my phone from myself. Whether it was in a bag, under a chair, or even with a friend—if I couldn’t see my phone, I wouldn’t be tempted to use it.

    Taryn M., 15, Florida, USA

    Prepare Your Devices to Minimize Distraction

    Prepare your devices the same way you prepare your mind and body for the Sabbath. Silence cell phone notifications during class. You could place the Gospel Library app separately from other apps so that if you need to use the scriptures or the notebook, you don’t get distracted by those apps.

    Delguimar S., 21, São Paulo, Brazil

    Pray for Help

    I look for the Spirit by praying. This helps me to be able to give up my electronic devices on the Sabbath day and during seminary. Whenever I pray to my Heavenly Father and read the Book of Mormon, I receive a way to give up my devices.

    Desire M., 18, Comoé District, Ivory Coast

    Don’t Forget about Hard Copies!

    Using electronics for gospel study is OK, but sometimes it can get out of hand. To keep yourself from getting distracted, try using hard copies of the scriptures. The Lord will guide you. You’ll learn so much more and feel the Spirit.

    Aiyana A., 13, Laguna, Philippines

    Put It Away

    At church, I turn the sound off on my phone and keep it in my pocket unless I’m using it for scriptures. During the sacrament, I don’t use it at all. I keep it out of my hands to avoid the temptation to use it.

    William W., 17, Virginia, USA