The following are suggestions from five youth and from President M. Russell Ballard. (See “How do I keep my electronics from distracting me at church and seminary?” in the June 2019 issue of the Liahona.)

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., age 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., age 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., age 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., age 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., age 17, Virginia, USA

Advice from President M. Russell Ballard

“Handheld devices, such as smartphones, are a blessing, but they can also distract us from hearing the ‘still, small voice.’ They need to be our servants, not our masters…. When smartphones begin to interfere with our relationships with friends and family—and even more importantly, with God—we need to make a change.” — President M. Russell Ballard, “Be Still, and Know That I Am God” (Church Educational System devotional for young adults, May 4, 2014)

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