The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Media 

"The wonder of television causes me to believe that Philo T. Farnsworth, back in 1927, must surely have been inspired of the Lord to develop this remarkable medium of communication. As you know, Brother Farnsworth was a member of the Church. Applying his scientific skills, he brought to the world this marvelous invention, which I believe is to be used for the primary purpose of furthering the work of the Lord." — M. Russell Ballard, The Effects Of Television, General Conference, April 1989 

"We live in a wonderful age. The great inventions of our day exceed what was known in all former ages. Unfortunately these inventions have failed to bring men nearer to God. One might think that the revelations coming through radio, television and other things, would draw men nearer to God; but it is not so. Men are more inclined to boast in their own strength, denying divine aid. Crime has increased. The integrity of men has diminished. From the writings of the press we may well believe that we are approaching the day predicted by Jesus Christ, when he said, 'But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.'" — Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.3, p.272-3 

"There will be other evils come, too, if we do not control this, and the other things which come into our homes uncensored, simply because they are there, and we permit them. Handled correctly television can be an influence for good. Handled incorrectly, it will become a force for endless evil." — Elder S. Dilworth Young, Conference Report, April 1955, p.100 

"Today influences from literally unlimited sources through the media of radio, television, and print, together with numerous inventions of modern civilization, have drastically changed the historical cultural setting of the family. In this time of special challenge for marriage and the family, the Lord has restored, through his prophets in these latter days, the eternal dimension of that sacred covenant between husband and wife and has charged us with a new awareness of the real purpose of the family." — Elder F. Enzio Busche, Love Is The Power That Will Cure The Family, General Conference, April 1982 

"Parenthood imposes a singular responsibility. Not only must parents put good things into the minds of children, we must keep bad things out. That is why we have been cautioned against the unrestricted invasion of our homes by the media. While some agencies that have influence on our children are good, some are not. Parental vigilance should be constant. Safeguard your children against those who seek to destroy them." — Elder A. Theodore Tuttle, Therefore I Was Taught, General Conference, October 1979 

"Remember, Satan does not want you to be happy. He does not want you to dare to do right. He wants you to be miserable, as he is. He has captured the hearts of wicked men and women who would have you participate in bad things such as pornography, drugs, profanity, and immorality. Stay away from these evils. Avoid books, magazines, videos, movies, and television shows that are not good. As the scriptures tell us, avoid the very appearance of evil (see 1 Thessalonians 5:22)." — "To The Children Of The Church", President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, April 1989

"Remember, there is no such thing as unlawful censorship in the home. Movies, magazines, television, videos, the Internet, and other media are there as guests and should only be welcomed when they are appropriate for family enjoyment. Make your home a haven of peace and righteousness. Don’t allow evil influences to contaminate your own special spiritual environment." — M. Russell Ballard, "Like a Flame Unquenchable," Ensign, May 1999, p. 87

"We must face the fact that an entire generation has been raised on a diet of unhappy stories about marriage. The devastation of this cannot be overestimated. Most people who read the newspapers or watch television news are aware that a large percent of marriages fail. They are ever more aware of the ugliness of abuse and its innumerable victims. By the media-portrayed standards of the world, infidelity appears to be normal and fidelity rare." — Victor L. Brown Jr., "Reluctant to Marry," Ensign, Apr. 1992, P. 45

"Parenthood imposes a singular responsibility. Not only must parents put good things into the minds of children, we must keep bad things out. That is why we have been cautioned against the unrestricted invasion of our homes by the media. While some agencies that have influence on our children are good, some are not. Parental vigilance should be constant. Safeguard your children against those who seek to destroy them." — A. Theodore Tuttle, "Therefore I Was Taught," Ensign, Nov. 1979, p. 27

"We have brought into our homes radios, record players, and television sets. While each has the potential of providing wholesome entertainment, so much of what has been produced for our listening and watching pleasure is not of the caliber to inspire and encourage young men. In fact, most of what is produced is degrading. The flip of a switch right in your own home has the potential of destroying within you a sense of what is right and what is wrong." — L. Tom Perry, "I Confer the Priesthood of Aaron," Ensign, Nov. 1985, p. 46

"I extend that warning to all: please be vigilant in your entertainment choices. Some of the things that are being shown in our theaters and broadcast to our homes via television and videos and over the Internet are insidious and dangerous. Rather than falling within the definition of things that are 'virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy' (A of F 1:13), they are more clearly described in the seventh chapter of Moroni, where the prophet Mormon teaches that 'whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God is of the devil' (Moro. 7:17)." — M. Russell Ballard, "When Shall These Things Be?" Ensign, Dec. 1996, p. 58

"Know what our children are doing in their spare time. Influence their choice of movies, television programs, and videos. If they are on the Internet, know what they are doing. Help them see the importance of wholesome entertainment." — Robert D. Hales, "Strengthening Families: Our Sacred Duty," "Ensign," May 1999, p. 33

"As we consider the importance of nourishing our intellects with the promising potential of superhighway resources, we must be ever cautious about our choices of programs and the impact of media upon our lives. Those who understand our Heavenly Father's eternal plan for the joy and happiness of His children will be better prepared to not only make good choices but also provide good choices as the information superhighway rolls across the world. The computer, television, satellite, microchip, and even the telephone all can bless and enhance our lives, or can make them miserable." — M. Russell Ballard, "Filling the World with Goodness and Truth," "Ensign," July 1996, p. 13

"I believe the entertainment industry cannot portray on film people gunned down in cold blood, in living color, and not have it affect the attitudes and thoughts of some of the people who see it. I believe human sexuality cannot be continually portrayed as just another physical appetite that has to be satisfied—whenever and with whomever the urge strikes—without diminishing respect for God and His commandments. And I believe that the desensitizing effect of such media abuses on the hearts and souls of those who are exposed to them results in a partial fulfillment of the Savior's statement that 'because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.'" — M. Russell Ballard, "When Shall These Things Be?" "Ensign," Dec. 1996, p. 58

"The prophet Mormon said that each of us is given the Spirit of Christ to know good from evil; everything that invites us to do good is of God. On the other hand, anything that persuades us to do evil is of the devil, for he and those who follow him persuade no one to do good. (See Moro. 7:16-18.) This simple test will guide us in judging television and other media programs." — M. Russell Ballard, "The Effects of Television," "Ensign," May 1989, p. 81

"Volumes of research data show the detrimental effects of television, but I just say that television and videocassette viewing by youngsters has a significant impact on their behavior. We must not take lightly the confession of a recently executed killer on the impact pornography and violence in media had on his life. The Apostle Paul warned that men can become 'past feeling... [giving] themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.' (Eph. 4:19.) In Proverbs we read, 'As [a man] thinketh... , so is he.' (Prov. 23:7.) A mind exposed to violence and immorality cannot escape the negative impact of such exposure." — M. Russell Ballard, "The Effects of Television," "Ensign," May 1989, p. 79

Don't be afraid to walk out of a movie, turn off a television set, or change a radio station if what's being presented does not meet your Heavenly Father's standards. In short, if you have any question about whether a particular movie, book, or other form of entertainment is appropriate, don't see it, don't read it, don't participate.
" - Thomas S. Monson, "That We May Touch Heaven," Ensign (CR), November 1990, p.45

“To an alarming extent, our children today are being educated by the media, including the Internet. In the United States, it is reported that the average child watches approximately four hours of television daily, much of the programming being filled with violence, alcohol and drug use, and sexual content. Watching movies and playing video games is in addition to the four hours. And the statistics are much the same for other developed countries. The messages portrayed on television, in movies, and in other media are very often in direct opposition to that which we want our children to embrace and hold dear. It is our responsibility not only to teach them to be sound in spirit and doctrine but also to help them stay that way, regardless of the outside forces they may encounter. This will require much time and effort on our part-and in order to help others, we ourselves need the spiritual and moral courage to withstand the evil we see on every side.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Three Goals to Guide You,” CR October 2007

"Good families face very significant challenges in controlling the use of television and videotapes in their homes. I agree with Dr. Victor B. Cline when he said, 'I am convinced by a vast amount of research that the images, fantasies, and models which we are repeatedly exposed to in advertisements, entertainment, novels, motion pictures, and other works of art can and do... affect the self-image and, later, the behavior of nearly all young people and adults too.' (Address at Tidewater Assembly on Family Life, Norfolk, Virginia.)

"On another occasion, Dr. Cline said that the mental diet is as important as the nutritional diet. 'The amount of violence a child sees at 7 predicts how violent he will be at 17, 27, and 37.... Children's minds are like banks—whatever you put in, you get back 10 years later with interest.' He said that violent television teaches children, step-by-step, 'how to commit violent acts, and it desensitizes them to the horror of such behavior and to the feelings of victims.' Dr. Cline said that America is suffering from 'an explosion of interpersonal violence like we have never seen before.... The violence is because of violence in our entertainment.' (See "Therapist says children who view TV violence tend to become violent," Deseret News, 24 Mar. 1989, p. 2B.)" - M. Russell Ballard, "The Effects of Television," Ensign (CR), May 1989, p. 78

"There is a constant struggle to balance our knowledge of light against the error and fear that are among the hallmarks of our world. Today we see temptations of old in new ways. They can be magnified and multicolored by technology which gives them avenues everywhere. These portrayals are aimed at the young, the naive, and the vulnerable-indeed, they are aimed at each one of us. All manner of violence is depicted in arcade games, and we even see horrifying violent acts in our own neighborhoods. Amidst the danger, our love waxes cold, and we may seek a defense in the very weapons that threaten us. Worse yet, we may be turned by fear to looking for protection from one another rather than keeping our promise to be a light and a protection for one another." - Aileen H. Clyde, "Covenant of Love," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p. 26

"Most days we all find ourselves assaulted by immoral messages of some kind flooding in on us from every angle. The darker sides of the movie, television, and music industry step further and further into offensive language and sexual misconduct. Tragically, the same computer and Internet service that allows me to do my family history and prepare those names for temple work could, without filters and controls, allow my children or grandchildren access to a global cesspool of perceptions that could blast a crater in their brains forever." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul," Ensign (CR) May 2010

There is much that is good with our easy access to communication and information. I have found it helpful to access research articles, conference talks, and ancestral records, and to receive e-mails, Facebook reminders, tweets, and texts. As good as these things are, we cannot allow them to push to one side those things of greatest importance. How sad it would be if the phone and computer, with all their sophistication, drowned out the simplicity of sincere prayer to a loving Father in Heaven. Let us be as quick to kneel as we are to text. - Ian S. Ardern, "A Time to Prepare," Ensign (CR) October 2011

We as Latter-day Saints and all good people anywhere must conscientiously screen what comes into our homes. Parents have the inalienable right and the responsibility to educate their children. No inappropriate outsider should be allowed to dictate our family’s values nor what our children are being taught. - Horatio A. Tenorio, "Let Us Build Fortresses," Ensign (CR) November 1994

With so much available on the Internet, we must carefully consider where to apply our efforts. Satan can keep us busy, distracted, and infected by sifting through information, much of which can be pure garbage.

One should not roam through garbage.

Listen to this guidance, provided by the scriptures: “The Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know … it is of God.” - Marcos A. Aidukaitis, “If Ye Lack Wisdom,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

An ever-present danger to the family is the onslaught of evil forces that seem to come from every direction. While our primary effort must be to seek light and truth, we would be wise to black out from our homes the lethal bombs that destroy spiritual development and growth. Pornography, in particular, is a weapon of mass moral destruction. Its impact is at the forefront in eroding moral values. Some TV programs and Internet sites are equally lethal. These evil forces remove light and hope from the world. The level of decadence is accelerating. If we do not black out evil from our homes and lives, do not be surprised if devastating moral explosions shatter the peace which is the reward for righteous living. Our responsibility is to be in the world but not of the world. - Quentin L. Cook, “Let There Be Light!” Ensign (CR) November 2010

My beloved brothers and sisters, what has been accomplished thus far in this dispensation communicating gospel messages through social media channels is a good beginning—but only a small trickle. I now extend to you the invitation to help transform the trickle into a flood. Beginning at this place on this day, I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood. - David A. Bednar, “To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood,” BYU Education Week, 19 August 2014

When we are involved in watching, reading, or experiencing anything that is below our Heavenly Father’s standards, it weakens us. Regardless of our age, if what we look at, read, listen to, or choose to do does not meet the Lord’s standards in For the Strength of Youth, turn it off, rip it up, throw it out, and slam the door. - Linda S. Reeves, “Worthy of Our Promised Blessings,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

The fact that a book or publication is popular does not necessarily make it of value. The fact that an author wrote one good work does not necessarily mean that all his books are worthy of your reading. Do not make your mind a dumping ground for other people's garbage. It is harder to purge the mind of rotten reading than to purge the body of rotten food, and it is more damaging to the soul. ("In His Steps," Church Educational System Devotional, Anaheim, California, 8 February 1987.) - Ezra Taft Benson, "The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson," p.305

We are all concerned about conditions in the world today, and are searching for answers to the many problems that are affecting our personal lives, our communities, and countries throughout the world. Though it is true that the trend in the world today is toward lawlessness, rioting, and rebellion, we are sick and tired of having it played up so much both in conversation and in news media. We, with a positive approach, need to center our efforts on living and teaching the gospel, thereby eliminating the cause and improving conditions. Every man, including the rebellious, who is honest with himself must admit that what he is ultimately seeking is happiness and a better way of life. - N. Eldon Tanner, “Conference Report,” April 1970, General Priesthood Meeting, p.61

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