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We can’t believe it’s already March! We’re so happy to be working on plans, ideas, and fun

activities for camp! We’re so lucky to have had the past BBY experiences and can’t wait for the

ones to come!

Speaking of lucky, aren’t we so lucky to live in this day and age? It’s incredible the kind of

technology we have, how quickly we can contact one another, or find an answer to a question.

Maybe a better word than lucky is blessed. What a blessing to be where we live, with the family

we have, and the support we have in this sometimes wild world!

In a recent talk given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks at BYU-Hawaii, he spoke about how to “Push Back

Against the World.” Not all of the world needs to be pushed back. It has a lot of good to offer.

However, we do need to push back against the parts of it (people, media, technology to name a

few) that draw us away from the Lord, His teachings, and our obligations to our covenants

we’ve made.

Here are three key ways to push back against the world!

1. Be in the world but not of it- We can support people we love, go to fun social events,

and enjoy technology but we must remember to not allow ourselves to be overcome by

the “traditions of men” as mentioned in Colossians 2:8.

2. Avoid “spiritual disasters”- Just as we would be cautious and aware of natural disasters,

we must also be prepared to avoid spiritual disasters. This includes things such as

inappropriate literature, phone or emails, bad music and movies, and even

inappropriate thoughts or ideas to name a few. Be cautious of what you listen to, watch,

think, and read.

3. Enjoy and keep the Sabbath Day holy- Attend church with an open heart and mind.

Many people are there because they want to be and to learn. Be a positive influence

and participate gladly at church. Rest from your busy week and enjoy time with your

family. With what you learn each Sunday, share it with your friends and family in person

and/or social media!

Pushing back against the world can be accomplished in a variety of ways, these are just a few!

What can you do to help ensure you’re standing for what is right in your thoughts, deeds, and

actions each day? By doing all we can to stand for what is right, we will be blessed in so many

ways! Remember the counsel of Elder Richard G. Scott, who said: “Now [look at] the brighter

side. Despite pockets of evil, the world overall is majestically beautiful, filled with many good

and sincere people. God has provided a way to live in this world and not be contaminated by

the degrading pressures … spread throughout it.”

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