This last Saturday was our last day of our 40 Day Media Fast. Sunday we had a fireside where we heard from several people about their experience.
We had one young man share how he invited a friend to church. Something he said he probably wouldn’t have done if he hadn’t participated in the media fast.
Then we heard from a young woman who realized that she liked her brothers and sister a lot more than she thought because of the media fast. 🙂 She realized the music she listened to and the T.V. shows she watched affected her and how she treated those around her.
Then we hear from a Mother who said she was sad to see the Fast come to a close. She is hoping they can continue to monitor their media usage and continue to feel the Spirit that was in their home during the Media Fast.
Then I spoke. I didn’t say everything that I wanted to, so I thought I would share my thoughts with all of you.
“Satan has a powerful tool to use against good people. It is distraction. He would have good people fill life with “good things” so there is no room for the essential ones. Have you unconsciously been caught in that trap?
Are there so many fascinating, exciting things to do or so many challenges pressing down upon you that it is hard to keep focused on that which is essential? When things of the world crowd in, all too often the wrong things take highest priority. Then it is easy to forget the fundamental purpose of life.”
I love to read books. My kids and I go to the library often and check out books, and I am always looking for a good book to read. During the Media Fast I knew that I wouldn’t be reading any novels, so I decided to read the Ensigns. I started with August and then read the July, then the June and so on.
I studied my scriptures and wrote in my journal every day (well, pretty close). I said my prayers morning and night, we had Family Home Evening, and family prayer.
Before the media fast…(I’m going to be honest here!)….I wasn’t doing all of these things like I was supposed to. Do you want to know why?
Because I was distracted! I thought I just didn’t have enough time in the day, but when I really looked at my life I was choosingthe things of the world as a higher priority.
As I began reading the Ensign on a daily basis I began enjoying the messages I read and the Spirit I felt. It was exactly like a good book, any spare minute I had I wanted to read the scriptures or the Ensign.
I’ve always had a hard time consistently studying my scriptures. I blamed it on lots of different reasons. I knew I really needed to be better at it, and I really wanted to, but I just didn’t do it. Once again I’m sure it was because of my distractions.
I have really enjoyed studying the scriptures these past 40 days. I told you before that I have been using the “Book of Mormon Verse by Verse” by D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner for my scripture study. I have enjoyed that book so much. It has helped me understand the scriptures so much more, and it’s interesting to read some of the facts that I may have never thought about before. They also include some great quotes from General Authorities, that I have really enjoyed reading.
This experience has opened my eyes and has made me want to be a better person and become less ‘distracted’.
The things that consumed much of my time before, now seem silly and of little importance.
Satan has a sneaky way of pulling us away from what we should be doing and how we should be living. He slips things into our lives little by little, so that we don’t notice it’s really there.
I have been trying to focus on Christ and how he would like me to live. I’ve been trying to be more Christ-like and treat others as he would treat them. I read this quote from the Feb. 2012 Ensign and loved it, “Coming unto Christ means walking away from the world. It means placing Christ and Christ only at the center of our lives.” Sheri L. Dew
“When the primary focus of our life is to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, everything else—employment, home, and church falls into place.”
It’s not going to be easy, and I’m in no way saying I’m perfect.
But as one of my favorite quotes says…my goal is to now ‘try a little harder to be a little better.’ President Gordon B. Hinckley
Throughout the Media Fast I grew a stronger testimony of prayer, and learned to have more faith. I have felt the love of my Heavenly Father personally in my life. He knows who I am and listens to me. Even when what I need is so insignificant, he loves me and helps me still.
About 3 weeks before the end of our fast he had the impression of a ‘Perfect Week’. He decided that the last two weeks he would encourage the youth to have a ‘Perfect Week’. That means they had to do everything on the checklist perfectly. He decided to reward those that fulfilled the requirements of a ‘Perfect Week’. He found an Army of Helaman key chain for the boys (which the boys were so excited when they saw that keychain), and the YW received a necklace.
In the end we had a total of 10 youth that achieved the ‘Perfect Week’. For our ward that was a little short of half of our total youth.
My husband let the boys continue to try to achieve the ‘Perfect Week’. He has a few boys that are almost there. 🙂
I am so grateful for this experience and for the change it has brought not only to my life, but my families’ as well.
The media fast was amazing, and I’m sure we’ll do it again.
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