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    Do Smart Things with Your Smartphone

    Brother M. Joseph Brough Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency

    How can I use my smartphone to serve God?

    In his April 2014 general conference talk, Brother Randall L. Ridd, then second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, made the following statement: “Don’t do dumb things with your smartphone. You all know what I mean. There are countless ways technology can distract you from what is most important. Follow the adage ‘Be where you are when you are there.’ When you are driving, drive. When you are in class, focus on the lesson. When you are with your friends, give them the gift of your attention. Your brain cannot concentrate on two things at once” (“The Choice Generation”).



    I loved that talk and have been pondering the message “don’t do dumb things with your smartphone.” What if we changed that statement to “do smart things with your smartphone”?

    Use technology to hasten the work of salvation

    In the same conference address, Brother Ridd stated: “The divine purpose of technology is to hasten the work of salvation. As members of the choice generation, you understand technology. Use it to accelerate your progress toward perfection.”


    How can you hasten the work of salvation on your smart phone? I have seen many examples, such as:

    • A young lady reading her scriptures before sacrament meeting. (Check out the Gospel Library and other mobile applications you can download.)
    • Another young lady sending her friends a video she recently saw. (Check out all videos on LDS Youth. Which one might help your friends?)
    • A priest setting a reminder on his phone that he committed to do three hours of indexing during the week. (Check out Getting into Indexing.)
    • A teachers quorum president texting a new quorum member to remind him of an activity. (Reaching out to others may not always be easy, but it’s always worth it. Watch Reach Out with Love.)
    • A young man sending his mother a text just to tell her that he loves her. (Can you imagine how many mothers would be pleasantly shocked with that text?)

    Accelerate your progress to perfection

    I encourage each of you to think about how you are using technology. Are you using it to accelerate your progress to perfection? Or are some of us being “lulled” by the adversary, as indicated in 2 Nephi 28:21:

    “And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.”

    Satan very much wants to lull this chosen generation. I believe that smartphones can be one of the greatest tools for good that Heavenly Father has ever created. Likewise, I know that there must be opposition in all things, and a wise enemy has determined how to use this wonderful technology to distract, tempt, lull, and persuade this chosen generation.

    Self-control is part of perfection. Learn to control your desire to constantly be using this technology. Take time to put technology aside and spend time with your Heavenly Father, your family, and your friends. (Check out “LOL: Love Out Loud.”)

    Use your smartphone to serve

    Please take the question “How can I use my smartphone to serve my God?” to your Heavenly Father and your parents. I promise you that He will answer your thoughtful prayer and pleading to make a change. Please listen to His answer. It may come through your parents. It may come through a lesson in seminary. It may come through a conference talk. It may come from a loving Church leader. Please listen and then act. You and generations to come will be blessed as a result.

    Read the full article on Church News.

    Here are more ideas for how you can do smart things with your smart phone.

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