Entertainment

“A man may be judged by his standard of entertainment as easily as by the standard of his work.”

― Ben Shapiro

 

Joseph Smith & other Prophets on Recreation. 2

Media Standards. 4

Our Duties Regarding Music (& Other Entertainment Media). 6

Church Approved Music. 6

Pre-Screening Basics. 6

Know the Background. 7

Seek & Stand in Holy Places. 7

Cultivate Creation. 7

Beware Desensitization. 7

Prepare for Zion. 8

Excuses aren’t Valid: You Knew.. 8

God is Charming. 8

Christian Priorities. 8

Seek & Find. 9

Separating The Art From The Artist: A Virtue and A Vice. 9

Philosophy on Music Genres. 10

“Contend Against No Church Save It Be The Church of the Devil”. 10

Emotional Regulation Therapy in Various Genres. 11

Retaining Control of Yourself. 11

Judge the Cover. 11

Be Natural 12

Music for Workouts or other Intense Moments. 12

Using Music to Study. 13

Prophetic Warnings Regarding Music. 13

The Human Need to Dance. 16

Notes on They Sold Their Souls for Rock & Roll by Good Fight Ministries. 16

Video clip: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: Satanic Forces – ABC News. 23

Beatles Banned from Israel 23

Outdoor Activities for Child Play. 23

Indoor Activities for Child Play. 23

Board Game Beginner Suggestions. 24

Core Moorings Concerning Video Games. 25

Video Game Philosophy: Disadvantages. 27

Video Game Philosophy: Advantages. 28

Video Game Suggestions. 30

Info on Video Gaming Systems. 30

Media Guidelines: Action, Violence, Sparring, Competition. 32

Violence & Video Games: Forum Analysis. 34

Movies: Children. 35

Movies: Action, Suspense. 36

Movies: Drama, Fantasy. 36

Movies: Comedy. 37

Movies: Theater, Broadway, Musicals. 37

Movies: TV Series. 37

Movies: on Classic Literature. 38

Preparedness Tip: Run for Your Life by Andrew Skousen. 38

Studio C Comedy Favorites. 40

Magic Tricks. 49

 

Joseph Smith & other Prophets on Recreation

 

“You must excuse me, but when I’m with the boys I make all the fun I can.” -Joseph Smith (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

For an excellent lecture on the personality and character of Joseph Smith by Truman G. Madsen, including his inclination to play sports and laugh with others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVXkBX0JNjI

-Joseph Smith told one man who had done much work for the building up of God’s kingdom, that this brother needed to rest a while, to enjoy himself. The man responded, “I cannot”. Joseph said, “then you will die.” The man indeed later died a premature death, and Joseph spoke at his funeral. (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

-When others chastised Joseph for playing sports, thinking that a prophet shouldn’t do such things, Joseph taught them that if you don’t unstring the bow from time to time, it loses its spring. This meant that to be effective he had to relax sometimes.

-Joseph Smith was known to be easily drawn to laughter, and frequently played with children and his brethren, playing sports and joking with them. He said we shouldn’t be too involved in the fantastic, but that a good sense of humor is of God. (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

-Many saw Hyrum Smith as more prophet-like than Joseph, as Hyrum was less jovial and playful, but we know that these traits of Joseph helped him cope with his many trials, and uplift his fellows. (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

-Joseph was hired as a farm hand not only because he was a hard worker, but because he could get the others to work too. (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

-Joseph had a clerk to whom he said ‘you know if you were bigger I could have some fun with you’ he responded ‘well don’t let that stop you Joseph’ then Joseph wrestled him and broke his leg. Joseph carried him home and the clerk said ‘when Jacob wrestled an angel he got a blessing. I want a blessing.’ Joseph gave him a blessing, and he was miraculously healed. (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

-Joseph had a few ministers come over to his home who challenged him in the scriptures. Joseph was able to answer all their questions, and pose questions to them which they could not answer. They decided to leave, and as they did, Joseph went ahead of them, drew a line in the sand, and ‘jumped at the mark’, meaning measured how far he jumped. Joseph said, ‘there you see I bested you in the scriptures, let’s see if you can beat me in this!’ The men left very disappointed. (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

-Joseph was known for excelling at the stick pull, where 2 men pulled no a stick, and the one to pull the other off the ground won. Another version of this was both pulling on a stick, and whose ever hands slipped was the weaker man. (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

-Joseph was being pestered by a man volleying threats; Joseph told the man he was with, I think it was Sydney Rigdon to ‘throw that man’, which his companion did, and the men thenceforth left him alone.  (from lectures on the prophets by Truman G Madsen)

-Joseph was about 6’2” and over 200 pounds. He was very strong from all his farm work.

-once all they had was some Johnny cake (corn bread), Joseph prayed ‘dear God we thank thee for this Johnny cake, and please send us something better.’ Just before their meal was ended, someone knocked on the door and presented him a turkey and a ham. Joseph jumped for joy and said, ‘you see Emma, my prayer was answered!’ (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

-on one occasion Joseph dressed in as ragged of clothes as he could and rode out to the ship of the most recent arrivals. He asked the first man he saw ‘why are you here?’ the man said ‘I have joined the Mormon church’. Joseph said ‘what do you know about Joseph Smith?’ the man said ‘I know that he is a prophet of God’. Joseph said ‘what if I told you I was Joseph Smith?’ the man said ‘then I would know that you are a prophet of God’. Joseph then got off his horse and shook the man’s hand and said ‘I am Joseph Smith, and I have dressed like this to show you that if you’ve come to expect anything more than a man, you may as well get right back on that boat’. (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures)

-Brigham Young: reportedly the night bugle sounded and they were about to end a dance, but Brigham said something to the effect of ‘forget the bugle, I want to dance!’ and proceeded to dance till around 3am (see Truman G Madsen’s lectures on the prophets)

-Brigham said “now we are to rest here” while on the trial. Then he said, “now we dance”. Porter Rockwell said “first he tells us we can rest, now he tells us we must dance!” (see Madsen presidents of the church book)

-the prophetic ‘Family Proclamation to the World’ (1995) teaches that wholesome recreation is one of the key elements to successful family life.

-Elder Neal A Maxwell played tennis even into his late years.

-President Thomas S. Monson taught old folks in rest homes about how a football game works, so they can understand what is going on the television and enjoy it. He speaks about current ball games. He says fishing is good and spiritual. He says having animals and going to fairs is joyful. He says road shows and dance festivals are uplifting. He knows about what is going on in the local barber shop. Henry the 8th was his favorite Shakespeare play. Among his favorite theatrical works is the Phantom of the Opera. He enjoyed raising pigeons. (see book To The Rescue by Heidi Swinton)

-President Russel M Nelson skied even into his 90’s.

-President Monson was a regular swimmer.

-“Just as honest toil gives rest its sweetness, wholesome recreation is the friend and steadying companion of work… Music, literature, art, dance, drama, athletics—all can provide entertainment to enrich one’s life and further consecrate it…” ” (Elder Christofferson in “Today’s Family: Chose Wholesome Recreation” at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/prophets-and-apostles/unto-all-the-world/choose-wholesome-recreation?lang=eng)

-Make your entertainment high quality culture: “Too often we use many hours for fun and pleasure, clothed in the euphemism ‘I’m recharging my batteries.’ Those hours could be spent reading and studying to gain knowledge, skills, and culture.” (President Henry B Eyring in “Today’s Family: Chose Wholesome Recreation” at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/prophets-and-apostles/unto-all-the-world/choose-wholesome-recreation?lang=eng)

 

-Don’t make entertainment your top priority: “In a materialistic age, when recreation and convenience are the suggested priorities of our society, we might all well ask ourselves, ‘How well are we providing for the spiritual well-being and strengthening of our families? …Are we clothing family members with ‘garments of salvation’ as anxiously as we provide clothing for their wardrobe? Is our diet of entertainment and recreation balanced with the food offered by Him who said, ‘Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life; yea, ye shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely’ (Alma 5:34).” (Elder Ballard in “Today’s Family: Chose Wholesome Recreation” at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/prophets-and-apostles/unto-all-the-world/choose-wholesome-recreation?lang=eng)

 

-“Parents should act to preserve time for family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening, and the other precious togetherness and individual one-on-one time that binds a family together and fixes children’s values on things of eternal worth…Parents should teach gospel priorities through what they do with their children.” (Elder Oaks in “Today’s Family: Chose Wholesome Recreation” at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/prophets-and-apostles/unto-all-the-world/choose-wholesome-recreation?lang=eng)

Media Standards

 

-One of the reasons the Church is commanded to obey a strict health law “The Word of Wisdom” is to enable their spirits to be at peak of intellect, so they can discern better between good and evil.

-You can set a good example by not some of the words that are not polite in the books you must read. Thomas S. Monson encourages the Saints to please not swear (Gen. Conf.).

-We have to be aware of things, reading even Osama Bin Ladin and Scarlet Letter and other things that are very controversial.

-Stay away from “anti-Mormon” books, rather learn what LDS believe by asking LDS.

-Some men are called to review anti-Mormon books, but they are set apart for that, and given a special blessing to be able to discern between truth and error as they do that mission for the church, seeing as it’s easy to get deceived in cunning and crafty words, and even blatant lies.

-One example is the Apocrypha, the LDS Bible Dictionary speaks how these documents are not entirely true, but if the reader reads them with the Holy Ghost, he can find much to benefit from them.

-Things like Les Mesrables teach how little people had morals and how conditions were, and that there are take aways from such, for the message is that such is bad;

-When we read something the Holy Ghost can teach us of weather it’s something we need to put down.

-The Apostles of The Church are not ignorant of what happens in the world but are very aware. They travel all over the world, and are very involved, not out of date (Elder Ballard Gen. Conf. Oct. 2014).

-To a certain degree, what we entertain is up to the interpretation and judgment of the individual.

-We can look for the best versions of things, learn from the best books.

-Greeks in plays did the graphic parts off stage, that respect is gone now.

-Prophet of the LDS Church President Hinckley said no “R” rated movies a long time ago. Since then, now what then would have been x rated is R, and much of what was R then is PG-13 now. There is a lot of politics in film ratings, and there is a lot of compromise and finding ways for something to barely make the cut off for a certain rating.

-The Phantom of the Opera is one of Thomas S Monson’s favorite plays (see “To The Rescue”).

-Victor Hugo’s book Les Mesrables is often quoted in General Conference.

– “Whatever you read, listen to, or look at has an effect on you. Therefore, choose only entertainment and media that uplift you. Good entertainment will help you to have good thoughts and make righteous choices. It will allow you to enjoy yourself without losing the Spirit of the Lord. While much entertainment is good, some of it can lead you away from righteous living. Offensive material is often found in web sites, concerts, movies, music, videocassettes, DVDs, books, magazines, pictures, and other media. Satan uses such entertainment to deceive you by making what is wrong and evil look normal and exciting. It can mislead you into thinking that everyone is doing things that are wrong. Do not attend, view, or participate in entertainment that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in entertainment that in any way presents immorality or violent behavior as acceptable.” (from “For the Strength of Youth” at https://www.lds.org/manual/for-the-strength-of-youth-fulfilling-our-duty-to-god/entertainment-and-the-media?lang=eng&query=clean+entertainment) note: many of the adult leaders of the Church carry this manual with them seeing as these standards apply to all ages.

– Excerpt from LDS Guide to the scriptures on cleanliness:

-He that hath clean hands and a pure heart shall ascend unto the hill of the Lord: Ps. 24:3–5;
-Do not call any man common or unclean: Acts 10:11–28;
-Can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands?: Alma 5:19;
-The Lord will chasten Zion until she is clean: D&C 90:36;
-Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord: D&C 133:4–5, 14; ( Isa. 52:11; )

 

 

 

Our Duties Regarding Music (& Other Entertainment Media)

 

I love music! Songs can help us express emotions of joy and love. They can help us process through emotions of depression despair or rage. They can help us heal, endure, and understand. They can help us be brave and push through trials valiantly. They bring needed relief to muster faith to keep going and enjoy the journey. I also adore the power of music to bring people together. Truly the mass availability of music today is one of the great blessings and greatest tests of our faith of our time. Use music in a positive way to enrich life and bless the next generation.

 

Music is not something to be taken lightly. Isaiah speaks of the Devil being cast into the pit with his musical instruments, which suggests music is a key tool of the Devil. In Hebrew 5:13-15 we read that we must be spiritually mature and discern between good and evil: “13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

 

Church Approved Music

We can enjoy a variety of music. I once asked a friend what kind of music they like. Their response was puzzling, that they only like “Church approved music”. Well, I too don’t want to listen to music that would offend God, and I greatly commend the attitude of this person to remain devoted to God’s laws, but there’s actually no “church approved music list.”

Elder Richard G Scott taught that if we only read or participate in church made things, we will be living a life less rich and happy than what God intended. Further, President Spencer W Kimball believed that many of the great authors etc. can be viewed as “miniature prophets” whom have much to offer to humanity despite their not being in the church. May we be “anxiously engaged in a good cause” without being “commanded in all things”.

Pre-Screening Basics

Because music is so powerful to influence either for good or evil, I suggest listening to planned music which you have screened beforehand rather than random radio, or listening to anything just because it is by a certain musician, or of a certain genre or era. We should not support musicians who have material which is blatantly evil. We should avoid genres of music which are saturated in evil or commonly known for evil themes. I do not advise listening to music which swears, has blatant or suggestive themes of violence, drug use, sexuality, or which mocks Jesus Christ and his teachings. If a song makes you feel evil or tempts you to set aside any of God’s commandments and councils, get away from it.  Do not spend time with music that preaches false gospels of entitlement, lust, selfishness, or other damning character traits. 2 Tim. 3:2-5 tells us to turn away from evil groups.

Know the Background

Before you chose to label a musician as a “personal favorite”, and allow their products to more freely be a part of your life, research their corpus of music and their character to ascertain that they are not wolves in sheep’s clothing. Though we need not require a person to be our same religion to appreciate their music, we can hold them accountable to the standards of conscience which is given to every person and which condemns evil and impure practices.

If you are unable to discern weather a song be good or evil, watch the music video. The video will reveal the intent of the artist, and can be a warning sign to back off, or a welcome relief. Most songs, perhaps I should say many songs especially in certain genres, are easy to discern whether they be good or evil, so I don’t suggest being a music video junkie. Not only is it usually a waste of time, but often the artist puts in some silly useless or negative thing in their video which detracts from the simple uplifting nature of the song. If the video is very bad, reconsider whether the song is any good, as it may have subliminal messages of evil, even if the rhythm is attractive, and the artist skilled. Beware that your music choices will be passed on to your associates and more importantly to your children. The music you enjoy they may further investigate, seeing it’s videos and looking into the characters of the artists. Thus we must use discression and wisdom and not “negotiate at the table of the enemy”. We must, and the Lord warned in the Doctrine and Covenants, depart from the ungodly. We must stand in holy places and be not moved. For more on separating the art from the artist, and how such can work for good or ill, see that section.

 

Seek & Stand in Holy Places

Here is why we avoid questionable music, musicians, and genres. Looking in bad places for good stuff can be like dumpster diving for food to sustain life. We look for scraps of tasty nutritious fresh food in these questionable venues, but we can’t very well stay clean during the search! Not only is the search dangerous, but at the end of the day, there isn’t much there to be found! Most of what you find there is garbage, and what looks good there usually isn’t! There are much better places to look for food! There are buffets overflowing with wonderful foods if we can but escape the alluring attraction of the baited hooks of Lucifer, our enemy.

Even if bad music makes us temporarily feel pleasure, that pleasure will suck the life out of us, and we will have damned ourselves to a state of depravity where the doors once open for joyous exploration and exquisite participation in uplifting music have become shut. If you have indulged in evil music, you’re only hope is to call upon Jesus Christ to free you from the bad thinking patterns and beliefs which that music has infected you with. Remember always that there is so much wholesome music that we don’t need to bother with the evil!

Cultivate Creation

Elder Robert E Hales speaks of how his father who worked in creating industrial designs, explained to him that there is a spiritual aspect of creation, which requires a reverent atmosphere (for more on that story see “Fathers of Fatih” by Maller et al.). So be it studying or working with the mind in any way, we need a calm environment where the spirit can teach.

Beware Desensitization

Remember, Satan leads us down by degrees, not all at once. Tragically, one of the core deceptions of the Devil desensitization to evil, so we don’t even realize when it is all around us. What a better topic than music to apply this timeless poetry: “Vice is a monster of so frightful mien As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace.” (Alexander Pope).

Remember that the Beetles came with their long hair and lack of respect for authority, women, etc., and see how now the hair isn’t considered long, and the manners aren’t considered rude, etc.

You must be sensitive to warning signs, red flags which suggest something isn’t right. You must act when prompted in these matters, and you must be courageous, and trust that the true messengers will come if you but hold out for them and seek them, and obey the word of the Lord.

 

Prepare for Zion

Ask yourself: Will this music be played in the place I want to go, namely the celestial kingdom, in the presence of Almighty God Ahman, and his son Jehovah, the prince of peace? Yes earth is lower than heaven, but are we not seeking to make a heaven out of this earth? Are we not strangers, seeking a city whose foundations are made by God? Hope we not for the city of Enoch to return, and find a city of like citizens awaiting their citizenship? Is not the coming of our Lord neigh, even at the doors? How hardly do we even have the time of day to fool with the fotter of Babylon. To be effective, Satan’s distractions need only distract you, they don’t even need to be evil. If Satan has distracted you from your holy work for Zion, then he has succeeded, even if he bought you at the price of a catchy tune. Oh how short is this life, and oh great the tasks beset upon Israel to accomplish herein!

Excuses aren’t Valid: You Knew

We often must rely on our feelings, not just broad written law, when making choices. I’m confident that God will not tolerate an excuse of “no one told me that was bad” in the many seemingly gray areas of life. How hardly could we ignore the whisper of conscience and expect the kingdom of God. God will judge us based on not only what we did about what we knew, but what we did about how we felt. If we chose to say of questionable music, “but I felt fine about it”, then we approach a slippery slope.

God is Charming

God is joyful because he is unchanging and “cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance”. God isn’t an old grouch. He is youthful and charming. He has a sense of humor. He likes to relate with us. Just like our ability to become as he is, so has he has been where we are. He likes culture and custom so long as such is not promoting evil ideas and attitudes. God is happy, and wants you to be happy. You can find great joy in this life. God loves the free will offerings we bring to him. God loves all nations, and the cultures in each have uplifting forms of music which can be help us in the quest to “let your soul delight in fatness” (Jacob 9:51).

Beware that the Devil is also charming. It was told in my mission that the most disobedient missionary who had been leading other missionaries into disobedience, when being sent home by the mission president was told essentially, ‘you know Elder, you are very charismatic. But you know who else is very charismatic? Lucifer.’ Truly the Devil seeks to imitate God, and seeks to make his plan appear to be another path to happiness, when in reality, there is only one way, namely Jesus Christ.

Christian Priorities

 

If you think I’m calling for you to be prudish and shallow in your music choices to avoid evil, you have much to learn. What I am suggesting is that we refine our tastes to find the greatest possible lasting joy in wholesome materials. Sometimes a Christian life involves setting aside things we currently enjoy so we can pursue higher causes. Like the fat man who somewhat enjoys his unhealthy food as it draws him toward disability and death, so can we leave the culture of unwholesome music and learn to love the good and the increased life that will come with it. For an article I wrote on how we’re not all expected to be the same, and are allowed personality and taste etc., see my article ‘The God of Individualized Contracts.’

 

Seek & Find

The good is out there, you just have to have the faith to find it. Finding takes faith. Do not disqualify yourself from having the Holy Ghost aid you in your search by lowering your standards. Be patient as you won’t find it all at once, nor will your capacity to appreciate goodness all develop at once. Moral restraint regarding questionable entertainment during seasons where we don’t have all the answers is a core aspect of faith. Some day you will have all the answers. That day will come sooner if you exercise more righteous restraint. Our passions must be bridled as we wait upon the Lord to lead us to ‘green pastures’. Let us fix our hope on the scriptural promise that if we let the Lord be our shepherd, no want shall we know, and our cups will run over with blessings. As Elder Neil A Maxwell put it, our hearts will be “brim with joy” as we increasingly consecrate our lives to the Master.

May Jesus Christ be the central figure in our lives, and may we pay close attention to our conscience and the words of the prophets.

Eph. 5:11 says we should expose the works of darkness. For a daunting look at how Satan has infiltrated the music industry, go to GoodFight.org, or read my summary of their material as well as find links to many of their videos on YouTube by reviewing my notes on their presentation. You’ll find full length documentaries such as “They Sold Their Souls for Rock & Roll”, “Hollywood’s War on God”, and their short videos about the Satanic influence on specific music groups of various genres. Some research even suggests plants grow or wilt based on what type of music they’re exposed to.

 

Separating The Art From The Artist: A Virtue and A Vice

 

To some extent it seems we can separate the art from the artist. Not everyone will have the same standards as you (though more than you may think actually do share your standards, in and out of the church; the community of wholesome music has a long history, and new creations of that type are still being born to this day). We praise the artist for his good work, which motivates him to create more good work and leave behind the bad. We remember David of old, the writer of the great Psalms of worship which we revere as the word of the Lord, was not without his flaws.

Caution: Recall that President Packer taught that those whom we allow to entertain us should themselves groom reasonably well. We can’t ignore the effect of the culture of the singer entirely. We must choose positive role models, and favorite entertainers are certainly role models (especially as our children watch how we chose).

Some will say that we must in all cases separate art from the artist, because all people are flawed, and the complete separation is needed to enjoy any art. Perhaps however there is a continuum, and it’s those whom are particularly evil are whom we should reject, both them, and their art. We must also take caution, for the Lord warned Joseph Smith that not even Joseph can always recognize the good from the evil when it comes to people (D&C 10:37). What people wear, the words they say, the messages they support, the way they act, these are the hints which we must boldly act upon when determining what to reject, and what to support.

It will be fun to note here the Brigham Young said there is no song or dance whatsoever in hell.

 

Philosophy on Music Genres

Genres which are generally uplifting are classical, opera, choral, Celtic, folk, and moderate pop country and even electronic music. Genres which are generally degrading are rock, pop, punk, rap, & suggestive techno. There are examples of beauty in almost any category, but it is wise to focus the attention on cultivating that which is most rewarding. There are objective measures of excellence in music, and these are usually mastered in those genres listed here as uplifting.

There is so much beauty to be found in the uplifting genres that we have no time for the rest, generally speaking. Though genres of the various cultures of our time can at times assist us in life’s trials and to find expression as we are on the path of self-discovery, or perhaps can be employed in various missionary efforts to speak to others in the language they are familiar with, the truest expression of beauty and excellence is found in the first series of uplifting genres listed above. Taste in music may differ from culture to culture, but we should not allow any evil cultures to take residence in our character.

 

“Contend Against No Church Save It Be The Church of the Devil”

The Lord admonishes us to “contend against no church save it be the church of the Devil” (D&C 18:20). I chose to not listen to known devil worshippers, even if they have songs that seem innocent, I avoid those artists entirely. Other artists who aren’t open devil worshippers I can at times pause and admire some of their artwork, even when I know they have some other artwork which is more questionable, morally speaking. I am also aware that in some cases and scenarios, certain types of music which are very emotional can help people get through very emotional episodes of life. The general music we chose however, should likely focus on genres like classical, opera, tenor, soprano, folk, and other high-quality types of music whose sound and lyric reflect dignity, self-control, integrity, reverence for life, reverence for the sacred, and an overall message of goodwill toward men.

Some known devil worshippers whom I refuse to listen to or associate with in any way are the following,    this list is from goodfight.org whom has conducted research into the messages and backgrounds of these groups, exposing their Satanic ways: Robert Johnson, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Harrison, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, David Crosby, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Hill & Oats, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Van Halen, KISS, AC/C, Sting, Iron Maiden, Prince, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Beyoncé, Queen, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), James Franco, ACDC, Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, & The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Remember that every dollar you spend is a vote cast in favor of or against the entity to which you have spent it. In this digital age, not only dollars but page and song views also count. Take caution: Is the group that you’re supporting going to take the $ you give them and turn around to spend it on creating something evil?

When someone has proven to be openly evil in full rebellion, we blacklist, or so to speak, excommunicate them, from our association. We don’t hear their music, not even their “good” ones. We don’t get close to them. We don’t expose our children to them in a positive light, because they aren’t a positive light. They are a tree of abomination, and partaking thereof, though it may seem sweet in the mouth, will in the stomach, be bitter, as Isaiah taught. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing, and the sheep have no business associating with them, no matter how cunning wise or charming the sheep believes itself to be. Hugh Nibley wisely teaches that we aren’t to resist evil, rather we are to stay clear away from it! The D&C also instructs us to depart from the ungodly. What about missionary work and fellowship and building bridges? We don’t need bridges to Babylon, we need to flee from it. We do befriend others, but we don’t worship at their alters. We do love sinners, but we don’t worship their Gods. We do embrace multiculturalism, but we don’t embrace idolatry, fornication, lasciviousness, and filth. Satan is the father of lies, the father of filth, and those who have sworn allegiance to him cannot be reasoned with, and they especially cannot be used as sources of entertainment. They are not fountains of truth from which we can drink joy, fulfillment, and satiation, the things which good musicians can bring. I repeat that I’m not saying entertainers need to be perfect to offer wholesome entertainment which can move and rejuvenate our souls. Read my other sections on music philosophy to become familiar with other aspects in that regard. I am saying that there is a line, and when it is crossed, supporting that artist or their creations in any way becomes inappropriate.

 

 

Emotional Regulation Therapy in Various Genres

 

Some songs have personal meaning to us as they bring back fond memories of spending time with friends, and the series of emotions and questions we dealt with in life.

I’ve said before, in the spirit of Paul’s statement about being all things to all people, that saviors on mount Zion have the privilege of “time travel”. What I meant by this was that it was their opportunity to adopt the cultures of those whom are around them, including those of their age, those younger, and those older. This means a person can, for the sake of teens, be like a teen sometimes, etc., enjoying with them their sports and wholesome music in genres which they enjoy. Some genres have little if anything to offer when it comes to wholesome music, and we would do well to steer youth in a different direction where possible.

 

Retaining Control of Yourself

 

Music which speaks of “going crazy” and “losing [ones] mind” often refers to evil, and things connected with evil, such as giving in to moral pressure to be unchaste, or resignation in general. The mind along with the gut are connectors to the soul and spirit. Satan wishes to take over minds so he can get souls. This is why we don’t practice hypnotism or certain forms of yoga which involve “letting go” of one’s mind, of one’s consciousness, will, control, etc. Demons are real and can possess people. Be firm and do not allow things into your mind which don’t belong there. Keep a firm resolve. Dancing to the extent that one feels to “loose their mind” is not good dancing. Dancing can be good, Brigham Young was known to dance late into the night at parties. But tones lyrics and contortions which lead one to be overpowered and not in control are not of the Lord.

Judge the Cover

 

If an album cover features explicit images or suggestive postures (connotating drug use, sex, violence, or general rudeness), this is a significant warning sign. An album cover is designed to be an embodiment of the themes which can be found in the album. Sex is not bad, but when people make it a public thing that is bad, and they’re usually suggesting it be used outside of marriage.

 

Further, when a song slips in blatant or even hidden references to bad things or bad language, it shows that the musician is seeking to please not the Lord, but the world. Beware the spirit of the masses which condemn evil, then run to the theaters when a suggestive film is being presented. A theatre is a dark place where one feels they are in private. Also earbuds or the privacy of a vehicle suggest privacy. But no one can hide from God, and for that matter, from their ancestors which indeed watch their lives.

 

Be Natural

 

Be careful with electronic sounds which cannot be produced naturally, or which cannot be produced at the speeds they are being played on naturally. Some electronic music can be uplifting, but much precaution is needed in this area.

Remember the days of dancing around the camp fire, remember the times of smiling in the pure joy of modest fun, where all participants cover their bodies handsomely without showing their skin or their form. Brigham Young chastised the sisters in Zion, telling them that it made them look uncomely to show their form, drawing their dresses tightly around their bodies as was the fashion in Babylon. He called upon the saints to make their own clothes, fashions, and culture all together. They succeeded at this for a long time, now it is up to us to create again a culture of Holiness to the Lord! Often the ways of the world simply aren’t the ways of the Lord.

Elder Bednar gives “an Apostolic warning” about getting too into avatars, virtual realities, and certain cyberspace interactions in an address titled “Things As They Really Are”. In that address, Elder Bednar says “a simulation or model can lead to spiritual impairment and danger if the fidelity is high and the purposes are bad—such as experimenting with actions contrary to God’s commandments or enticing us to think or do things we would not otherwise think or do “because it is only a game.” I raise an apostolic voice of warning about the potentially stifling, suffocating, suppressing, and constraining impact of some kinds of cyberspace interactions and experiences upon our souls. The concerns I raise are not new; they apply equally to other types of media, such as television, movies, and music. But in a cyber world, these challenges are more pervasive and intense. I plead with you to beware of the sense-dulling and spiritually destructive influence of cyberspace technologies that are used to produce high fidelity and that promote degrading and evil purposes. If the adversary cannot entice us to misuse our physical bodies, then one of his most potent tactics is to beguile you and me as embodied spirits to disconnect gradually and physically from things as they really are. In essence, he encourages us to think and act as if we were in our premortal, unembodied state. And, if we let him, he can cunningly employ some aspects of modern technology to accomplish his purposes. Please be careful of becoming so immersed and engrossed in pixels, texting, earbuds, twittering, online social networking, and potentially addictive uses of media and the Internet that you fail to recognize the importance of your physical body and miss the richness of person-to-person communication. Beware of digital displays and data in many forms of computer-mediated interaction that can displace the full range of physical capacity and experience.” (June 2010- Ensign, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2010/06/things-as-they-really-are?lang=eng).

 

Music for Workouts or other Intense Moments

 

It is not uncommon to see people using much more wild music for their workouts, claiming that such helps them to be enthusiastic. Even for intensive training and workouts, we don’t need thrashy trashy music. We can “get pumped” with compelling and rhythmical classical and vocal songs not involving overly repetitive and dulling tones or lyrics.

A case could be made for using music with stronger beats in intense moments, but beware that the spirit needs a reverent atmosphere to inspire the creative process.

Many athletes will attest to the importance of focus during practice and performance, some even refrain from using any music for this reason. The most skilled in body and mind often require reverent quiet in their training where they can more easily access the creative spirit of God in their work. Our minds must be fully focused on the task at hand. Wild music can lead someone to push themselves further than they should, resulting in unnecessary injury.

 

Using Music to Study

For some reason we think classical music is only for background while doing other things. In reality, for something like high concentration study, it often hinders the process. Music is complex, yes, even music without words. We can plan an outing of just listening to a symphony. We are overstimulated in our society, and would do well to simplify, and stop trying to multitask. Music is best absorbed when you’re paying full attention to it. In Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”, one of the great freedom novels, the main character hero known for her great work ethic, would go to work, and when coming home, would sit and listen to classical music as her recreation. The music would have distracted her if she listened at work, she had to give full concentration to her business to make it what it needed to be. Her work was important to her, she gave her best self to it, she was innovative, and not just punching a time clock. In other words, what she did each day was about leading not following. She used her mind. Then when it was time to rest, the music assisted. The music was majestic, and deserved attention when it was played.

Ben Carson the famous neurosurgeon was known for listening to Handel’s Messiah while he studied, and it can differ person to person on how music helps or hinders the focus and concentration needed to study. Some with anxiety can use music to calm them down, and then cancel the music outright once they’re in a calm mood. Others listen during study, and various genres. The nature of some of the work we must do can sometimes be aided by music.

Prophetic Warnings Regarding Music

Here are 5 compelling quotations of modern prophets giving poignant insight regarding our choices of music. These words may be difficult to hear for some but hearing them will help you grow into the character of Christ. Remember, the prophets are simply the mouthpiece of Christ. When we meet Christ, we can expect him measure our conduct based on the teachings we had received from his messengers, the prophets. We should not be surprised that music is one of the choice mediums of the adversary to slowly and gently lead us to hell.

 

 

  1. President Boyd K Packer of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles said this in a 2008 address titled “Lehi’s Dream and You” where he speaks of entertainment standards: “You live in a time of war, the spiritual war that will never end. War itself now dominates the affairs of mankind. Your world at war has lost its innocence. There is nothing, however crude or unworthy, that is not deemed acceptable for movies or plays or music or conversation. The world seems to be turned upside down (see 2 Peter 2:1–22). Formality, respect for authority, dignity, and nobility are mocked. Modesty and neatness yield to slouchiness and shabbiness in dress and grooming. The rules of honesty and integrity and basic morality are now ignored. Conversation is laced with profanity. You see that in art and literature, in drama and entertainment. Instead of being refined, they become coarse (see 1 Timothy 4:1–32 Timothy 3:1–9). You have decisions almost every day as to whether you will follow those trends. You have many tests ahead. … Largely because of television, instead of looking over into that spacious building, we are, in effect, living inside of it. That is your fate in this generation. You are living in that great and spacious building. You will be safe if you look like and groom like and act like an ordinary Latter-day Saint … The mist of darkness will cover you at times so much that you will not be able to see your way even a short distance ahead. You will not be able to see clearly. But you can feel your way. With the gift of the Holy Ghost, you can feel your way ahead through life.”

 

  1. Elder Oaks taught that there are 2 lines of communication: the priesthood line and the personal line. If our personal line (our feeling) tells us something is okay, but the priesthood line (our priesthood leaders, especially the Apostles) say that something is not okay, we must not do it. Our choices must always be kept within the bounds which the Lord has set.
  2. President Ezra Taft Benson in an address titled Satan’s Thrustgiven December 1971 gave this specific warning against rock music. Surely this council can apply to any genre that is based in rebellion, rage, lust, and other debased characteristics: “It has been well said that “there comes a time when the general defilement of a society becomes so great that the rising generation is put under undue pressure and cannot be said to have a fair choice between the Way of Light and the Way of Darkness.” (Hugh Nibley, An Approach to the Book of Mormon,1957.) …The devil-inspired destructive forces are present in our literature, in our art, in the movies, on the radio, in our dress, in our dances, on the TV screen, and even in our modern, so-called popular music. Satan uses many tools to weaken and destroy the home and familyand especially our young people. Today, as never before, it seems the devil’s thrust is directed at our youth. A letter from a concerned father about the evil effects of some popular music is one of many. I quote from this well-informed teacher of youth: “Music creates atmosphere. Atmosphere creates environment. Environment influences behavior. What are the mechanics of this process? Rhythm is the most physical element in music. It is the only element in music that can exist in bodily movement without benefit of sound. A mind dulled by drugs or alcohol can still respond to the beat. Loudness adds to muddling the mind. Sound magnified to the threshold of pain is of such physical violence as to block the higher processes of thought and reason. (And turning down the volume of this destructive music does not remove the other evils.) … Repetition to the extreme is another primitive rock device. …Gyrations, a twin to rock rhythm, are such that even clean hands and a pure heart cannot misinterpret their insinuations  Darkness [and dimmed lights] is another facet of the rock scene. It is a black mass that deadens the conscience in a mask of anonymity. Identity lost in darkness shrinks from the normal feelings of responsibility. Strobe lights split the darkness in blinding shafts that reduce resistance like the lights of an interrogator’s third degree or the swinging pendulum of the hypnotist who would control your behavior. …The whole psychedelic design [this father continues] is a swinging door to drugs, sex, rebellion, and Godlessness. Combined with the screaming obscenities of the lyrics, this mesmerizing music has borne the fruit of filth. Leaders of the rock society readily proclaim their degeneracy. …And the most diabolical deceit of this infamy is that it denies evil to be an absolute. Our religion is one of absolutes and cannot be rationalized into a relativistic philosophy of the ‘liberal Mormons.’ We cannot safely rationalize away righteousness. “What could be more misguided than fear that ‘if rock music were not endorsed by our leaders, we may lose many young people.’ (MIA music committee.) Even now we are losing them to the songs of Satan, drugs, sex, riot, and apostasy. We could be well reminded by a message from the Mormon Miracle pageant: ‘Moroni knew that you cannot compromise with evil. If you do, evil always wins.’” (Richard Nibley, excerpts from letter.) “The hedonist, who proclaims “Do your thing,” who lives for sinful, so-called pleasure, is never happy. Behind his mask of mock gaiety lurks the inevitable tragedy of eternal death. Haunted by its black shadow, he trades the useful, happy life for the bleak forgetfulness of drugs, alcohol, sex, and rock.” (END OF BENSON QUOTATION)

 

  1. In “Worthy Music, Worthy Thoughts” by President Boyd K Packer (General Conference in October 1973, and reprinted in the New Era magazine in 2008 see https://www.lds.org/new-era/2008/04/worthy-music-worthy-thoughts?lang=eng): “Probably the greatest challenge and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts. In the Bibleit says, as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Those who can control their thoughts have conquered themselves… Have you noticed that shady little thoughts may creep in from the wings and attract your attention in the middle of almost any performance and without any real intent on your part? These delinquent thoughts will try to upstage everybody. If you permit them to go on, all thoughts of any virtue will leave the stage. You will be left, because you consented to it, to the influence of unrighteous thoughts. If you yield to them, they will enact for you on the stage of your mind anything to the limits of your toleration. They may enact themes of bitterness, jealousy, or hatred. They may be vulgar, immoral, even depraved. When they have the stage, if you let them, they will devise the most clever persuasions to hold your attention. They can make it interesting all right, even convince you that they are innocent, for they are but thoughts… If you can say that a song is spiritually inspiring or that it urges you to see yourself in a more noble perspective, the music is worthwhile. If it merely entertains or lifts your spirits, then it also has a useful place. But if it makes you want to respond in a carnal, sensual way or to consider unrighteous desires, then that music should be avoided. It is not worthy… A wise man once said, “Music is one of the most forceful instruments for governing the mind.” Whether it governs in a positive way or a negative way is determined by what it brings onto the stage of your mind. If you can say that a song is spiritually inspiring or that it urges you to see yourself in a more noble perspective, the music is worthwhile. If it merely entertains or lifts your spirits, then it also has a useful place. But if it makes you want to respond in a carnal, sensual way or to consider unrighteous desires, then that music should be avoided. It is not worthy. There have always been those who take the beautiful things and corrupt them. It’s happened with nature; it’s happened with literature, drama, art; and it certainly has happened with music. For centuries it has been obvious that when the wrong kind of words are set to appealing music, songs can lead men astray. And music itself, by the way it is played, by its beat, by its intensity, can dull the spiritual sensitivity. We are living at a time when society is undergoing a subtle, but powerful, change. It is becoming more and more permissive in what it will accept in its entertainment. As a result, much of the music being performed by popular entertainers today seems to be more intended to agitate than to pacify, more to excite than to calm. Some musicians appear to openly promote unrighteous thoughts and action. Young people, you cannot afford to fill your minds with the unworthy music of our day. It is NOT HARMLESS. It can welcome onto the stage of your mind unworthy thoughts and set a tempo to which they dance and to which you may act. You degrade yourself when you identify with those things that at times surround extremes in music—the shabbiness, the irreverence, the immorality, the addictions. Such music is not worthy of you. Be selective in what you listen to and produce. It becomes part of you. It controls your thoughts and influences the lives of others as well. I would recommend that you go through your music and throw away that which promotes degrading thoughts. Such music ought not to belong to young people concerned with spiritual development. I don’t mean by this that all of today’s music produces unworthy thoughts. There is music today that builds understanding of people; music that inspires courage; music that awakens feelings of spirituality, reverence, happiness, and awareness of beauty… Let me say to you young leaders, pay careful attention to the music you plan for your activities… the breach between the Church and the world, with the extremes of its music, is wider in our day than ever in generations past….You must stand firm and not compromise with what you know is right and good; you must have the courage to turn the lights up and the music down when they don’t contribute to the kind of atmosphere that produces worthy thoughts; and YOU MUST INSIST ON HIGH STANDARDS OF DRESS AND PERFORMANCE FROM THOSE WHO ENTERTAIN as well as those who attend… The Lord Himself was prepared for His greatest test through the influence of music, for the scripture records, “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives” (Mark 14:26)… As you young people involve yourselves with righteous and worthwhile things, keep your minds filled with worthy thoughts, for as a man thinketh so is he, and you will have the ability to accomplish those things that will bring fulfillment to your lives.”

 

  1. From the “For the Strength of Youth” church manual on entertainment: “Take care that your use of media does not dull your sensitivity to the Spirit or interfere with your personal relationships with others…If you are not sure whether something is appropriate to watch or listen to, talk to your parents and other adult leaders. The Holy Ghost will give you strength to make correct choices.”

And from the same on music/dance: “Choose carefully the music you listen to. Pay attention to how you feel when you are listening. Some music can carry evil and destructive messages. Do not listen to music that encourages immorality or glorifies violence through its lyrics, beat, or intensity. Do not listen to music that uses vulgar or offensive language or promotes evil practices. Such music can dull your spiritual sensitivity….Learn and sing the hymns. Hymns can lift your spirit, move you to righteous action, and help you withstand the temptations of the adversary…. Remember that the Spirit speaks with a still, small voice. If you listen to music constantly, you may not have the quiet time you need for thinking, feeling, and receiving spiritual guidance. Dancing can be fun and can provide an opportunity to meet new people. However, it too can be misused. When dancing, avoid full body contact with your partner. Do not use positions or moves that are suggestive of sexual or violent behavior or are otherwise inappropriate. Attend only those dances where dress, grooming, lighting, lyrics, music, and entertainment contribute to a wholesome atmosphere where the Spirit may be present.”

 

 

 

 

The Human Need to Dance

 

Check out the introduction to my materials on dance for some philosophy on dance.

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on They Sold Their Souls for Rock & Roll by Good Fight Ministries

Based on documentaries by Good Fight Ministries

 

 

 

They Sold Their Soul for Rock & Roll & Hollywood’s War against God: Documentaries by Good Fight Ministries (from GoodFight.org)

Here we have a documentary on the evils of rock music historically and today. We also have short films about the same. Finally we have a documentary about Hollywood’s use of Gnostic undertones to teach rebellion against God’s plan for us (the core idea of Gnosticism being that the creator is a wicked dictator, and Lucifer is the “unsung hero” bringing wisdom to mankind).

First a little note I wrote to the editors at Good Fight Ministries:

I want to thank you for your profound work; I’ve watched all of your videos and look forward to more productions. I’m going to spread your videos all I can…I still strive for guidance on how to choose Christian music, and I was praying for more guidance on that subject when I came across your website. I have knelt to thank God for leading me to your website.

Now a note about me. I am a latter-day saint and know there is a difference between us doctrinally about becoming gods. Briefly I say yes Lucifer wants people to TAKE GOD’S PLACE and become gods via evil. But god would rather have us become like him (NOT TAKE HIS PLACE) like a father wants a son to become like him, but this is only possible through righteousness. We wouldn’t take God’s place ever, but would be extensions of his enterprise, so to say. “Joint heirs with Christ”, “if children then heirs”, etc. For a bit more on this topic, my favorite sermon on this topic about how we need a Savior (Jesus Christ) because of God’s justice, and that’s how we avoid Lucifer’s tyranny. See Elder Christofferson’s 2017 BYU Devotional titled “A Message at Christmas”, excerpts from which can be found at my website RichardsonStudies.com.

I will also suggest that the serpent symbol, though correctly now represents the Devil, could have originally been divine (as in new testament “be ye wise as serpents”), and Satan’s use of it in particular in Eden could have been a cunning move to deceive our first parents. (Thus anciently and in various cultures, some have used serpents to describe the real Christ also, like the ancient American Indians with Quetzalcoatl, or the Book of Mormon footnote to the flying serpents being a type of Christ.)

One more thing I think you will like. You speak of the evils of Gnosticism, and how they hate our bodies etc. (‘why are you wearing that man suit?’ said the rabbit in Danny Darko, etc.) I believe that Jesus Christ currently has a body, that he always will, and that we too will always have our bodies after the resurrection. In other words, I believe in a literal resurrection, and I think any Gnostic would detest that. So I’m very satisfied with that belief. You might be familiar with the scripture in my faith from the Doctrine and Covenants which reads that spirit and matter connected are where we have joy; in other words, we need bodies to have full joy (D&C 93:33-34) (also if interested, here is an article on how bodies are a blessing in greater detail drawing from scirpture: “The Body as a Blessing” by John S Tanner, Ensign Magazine July 1993 https://www.lds.org/ensign/1993/07/the-body-as-a-blessing?lang=eng)

End of my letter to Good Fight Ministries.

Note: I’ve learned Good Fight Ministries has some documentaries casting shame on the founding fathers of the US; I’ve seen theories like those before, and I don’t buy them. The D&C also upholds those men as being the best on earth at that time, and we know that they came to the St. George temple seeking their temple work to be completed at a later time after their death. I won’t go into more detail on the founders at this time. Notwithstanding that research which I don’t support, I am very much in support of their research regarding the influence of the Devil in the music industry, and wish for everyone to see it.

 

This documentary and short video by Good Fight Ministries (GoodFight.org) show that the Satanism once reserved for death metal bands is now pushed into main stream pop music. They also show the roots of Satanism in Rock and Roll:

Documentary: They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll: This documentary includes themes such as the following:  literal pacts with the devil for talent/fame/wealth/pleasure seen frequently in the rock music industry; rock song writers being inspired by the devil for lyrics and tones of songs “seeing concerts and taking notes on them” to create their music and the playing of those backward (or even just forward often) speaking of overt Satanism, which backward lyrics are sophisticated creation of Satan not of the musicians; the creator of the documentary reports that when he was a song writer before being born again, he too would have lyrics of songs come to his mind, even to the extent that he would have to look up the meanings to the lyrics which came to him, not knowing their meaning; the roots of Aleister Crowley and other Satanic leaders; the pervasiveness of Satanic themes in old and modern rock rap and even pop music; from bluegrass singers who sold their souls to the devil at the cross roads, to Elvis, to the Doors and the rest of them, these singers are deeply involved in the occult; pedophilia rape murder drug abuse free sex homosexuality and all manner of evil are openly promoted by rock singers and their intellectual forefathers. Terms such as New Age and New World Order were inspired by the devil. The Peace spoken of in the 60’s was about how people could like wickedly and yet have peace, the thing most negated by the scriptures. Crowley points out that the family is the biggest hurtle against the Satanic agenda, and thus homosexuality is promoted. Also is covered the demons plaguing these artists which they drown out with alcohol etc., and their eventual sad disappointed forsaken deaths. It is shown how yesterday’s extremists are today’s moderates, and how we would today laugh at what offended people in the 50’s. We are desensitized to evil. It is shown how music is the most powerful venue for Satanic doctrines to be spread, such as the phrase from the Satanic Bible, “Do as Thou Wilt” which became “Do your thing”, and moral relativism in the false name of tolerance which dominates society today. Demonic doctrines of humans being no more than animals are promoted. The extremism once reserved for metal bands is now becoming mainstream as seen in pop music. More modern examples of this are documented in other films at goodfight.org. While contributing to the delinquency of minors used to be illegal, we see this is no longer the case. This documentary makes it painfully clear that the religion is alive and well today, namely Satanic religion, and their churches are the rock concerts.  Let me note that this documentary gets one thing wrong, they say the doctrine of being able to become a God is of the Devil, but in reality, Satan’s doctrine is to become a God by evil, whereas God’s doctrine is to become a God by good.

They Sold Their Souls For Rock and Roll: Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSByCxGXXeM&t=120s

They Sold Their Souls For Rock and Roll: Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et40kj2mDg4

They Sold Their Souls For Rock and Roll: Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsohgBRbhac

They Sold Their Souls For Rock and Roll: Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nqkTQ0Et4Q

They Sold Their Souls For Rock and Roll: Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-UNitDy9sY

 

Here are shorter films from Good Fight Ministries on the music industry etc:

Summary of musicians who use 666 openly: https://youtu.be/HwaeDVnaJ-k

Robert Johnson, Satanism, and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUK1P5x9Xak&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=1

Little Richard and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oVlspnsVSI&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=2

Bill Haley and Satanism: The Trojan Horse of Rock and Roll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIf52wVXiVU&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=3

Elvis Presley and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M813ZdDK4kE&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=4

Jerry Lee Lewis and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZi3el3YB3M&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=5

George Harrison and Satanism (including song starting with Hallelujah, changing to Hare Krishna): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQJOAJrbcvA&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=6

The Beatles and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIm-yx_638s&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=7

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JCrx3LP78I

The Beach Boys and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBAgm-kfBmo

David Crosby and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSuRatj2rkI&index=10&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

David Bowie and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfTVYGqMots&index=11&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

Pink Floyd and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MyipGXrO0E

The Grateful Dead and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85AsVlmpX2M&index=13&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

Jimi Hendrix and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5vh6-7Skvs&index=14&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

Carlos Santana and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRbCN4cse88&index=15&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

Fleetwood Mac and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6xG06r2fN4&index=16&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

Hill & Oats and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0UUTrDjxcA&index=17&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

Black Sabbath and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw4FGhe9_AA&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=18

Led Zepplin, Jimmy Page, and Satanism (including performing directions rite on stage): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F80RzK4jWUA&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=19

Led Zepplin and the Stairway to Heaven and Satanism (including automatic writing & reverse lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMR9DdYiA-w&index=20&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

The Eagles and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJhqCGtPkyk&index=21&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

Van Halen and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xiYKBWfZAk&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=22

KISS and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwLj0hyJyws&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=23

AC/CD and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtMVzNdl5pM&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=24

Sting and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu3OrGR2QyI&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=25

Iron Maiden and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGfDQ7Bsl_I&index=26&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

U2 and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkBHGeqcbDs&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=27

Prince and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khgDLsP55JI&index=28&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4

Metallica and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCEMOWfO1TY&list=PLxSUMS3CSNTaYIdBrGdswCXFMNUBmlhe4&index=29

Michael Jackson and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=811AQTeHI7c

Bob Dylan and the Devil at the Crossroads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JCrx3LP78I

Beyonce and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21GOSnJc4Mg

Queen and Satanism: https://youtu.be/zrIzs6v1HOA

Ariana Grande and Satanism: https://youtu.be/4i8VmxM0GxY

Lady Gaga and Satanism: https://youtu.be/-fZSHPf3j2g

Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), James Franco, ACDC, Ted Bundy, and Satanism: https://youtu.be/KTKZUvb0enM

Ellie Goulding and Satanism: https://youtu.be/FCEFz2pYdgI

Miley Cyrus, Perverted Sex Pusher, Her Dad’s Lament for Not Being a Good Dad, footage of an AIDs diseased man, and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=PIfOH428_p8

Kesha, the Satanic Cult Leader: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8GfWJKyPVc

Katy Perry, the Super Bowl, forsaking Christianity, and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHknzzJeK6Y

Bruno Mars, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Super Bowl, and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj5bI38yGUU

Satan Worship at the GRAMMYs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMMfgsF6DnU

X-Men Movies and the Gay Agenda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qWceLl65IM

The Noah Movie, Gnosticism, and Satanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1413&v=k2Uzm7kE4Uw

“Hollywood’s War on God” full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC7jYfL2Ufc

 

it speaks of Gnosticism which turns God’s plan upside down, saying the creator is evil and Lucifer is good and that Lucifer is manifest in Sophia or learning; they state that rules and limits are bad, and that the creator (God) is an evil dictator who punishes us by putting us in bodies; they hate bodies; they think they can change the future and eliminate the second coming of Christ by initiating some new order. Speaks of the root of scientology as being Satanism as seen in the writings of Aleister Crowley. Shows how V for Vendetta, The Matrix, Harry Potter, and others are hidden gnostic teachings.

HP Lavatski is a witch which Harry Potter is based on. Harry Potter’s escape from the material world into the spiritual one is via communication with a serpent. Aleister Crowley also discovered he was a “wizard” at age 11 like Harry Potter, and other analogies of Potter and Crowley are shown.

Alan Moore is a film maker in whose films the heroes are always the devils.

Gnosticism of The Truman Show exposed, where “Moses” and “Christoff” are the bad guys, and Truman must escape the world he lives in which is a set up, and Truman gets a hint that the world is fake with a “falling star” item like Lucifer falling from heaven (the old Prometheus tied to a rock as being the good guy who brought fire to mankind and being punished by God inverting God as bad and Lucifer/Prometheus as good). Truman sees a woman who tries to tell him he is deceived she is sitting by a tree whose name is Sophia like Eve in Eden. Truman also looks within himself for divine identity rather than looking to Jesus Christ. They show 139 often to mock Psalm 139 which speaks of God constantly watching us. Truman becomes his own savior with the help of the fallen star, the woman, and the self-discovery. Truman’s freedom is in his daringness to break the rules of the creator.

In the x-men movie, the hero’s job is to overthrow the creator. The winged man is like the fallen angel who like Lucifer starts as good then becomes bad, and who rejects his father, then falls from a window just before catching himself. The dark angel shape changer as the 4th horse of the apocalypse is also featured. The Beast is one character, whose job is to be a US ambassador to advocate for mutant rights. The mutants represent homosexuals.

Dan Brown’s Divinci Code is also based on Gnosticism and thus strikes the doctrine of Christ. It leads people to worship a dead woman’s bones rather than to worship Christ.

In a movie Pleasantville, when they sin, the world becomes more colorful and beautiful and a rainbow appears.

Truman wants to escape the real world to go to Tahiti.

But in reality, God created color, God created Tahiti and beaches etc. Rebellion is what taints the beautiful creation.

Hollywood has reintroduced the Gnosticism to deceive us in these last days (the idea that Lucifer is the good guy, and the creator is the bad guy).

The Matrix is a heavily gnostic movie of rebellion against the creator. Much details of that in the presentation.

 

 

 

 

End of notes on They Sold Their Souls For Rock & Roll by Good Fight Ministries.

 

 

 

Video clip: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: Satanic Forces – ABC News

 

 

 

Beatles Banned from Israel

In this short video about rock bands who were banned from places, it shows that The Beatles were banned from Israel in 1964 because they had no artistic merit and would cause mass hysteria among youth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXtoUgfZaV0

 

 

Outdoor Activities for Child Play

 

We could get more extravagant, but these are simple affordable ideas for independent child play.

 

-trampoline, swing sets, jungle gym

-explore the town, meet people, buy candy

-city park

-skate park, skate, scooter, bike, rollerblade

-airsoft guns

-sand box, dig holes, find bugs

-play with farm animals, walk the dogs

-basketball, soccer, baseball, frizbee, golf, croquet, badminton, wrestle

-field games: hide and seek, capture the flag

-set up camp tents, fires, picknicks, ropes in the yard­

-swim pool, sprinklers, water balloon fight

 

Indoor Activities for Child Play

-put wrestling/gymnastic mats on floor of garage, make it a rough n’ tumble play area

-fun or educational video games

-board and card games

-nerf guns

-dart board

-sword fencing (metal or foam depending on age)

-Legos, knex, etc. hand building toys (better than Minecraft as increases hand eye coordination, etc.)

-playdough

-color & paint

-reading! Make this a popular event in your home!

-fun or educational movie, educational shows

 

 

 

 

 

Board Game Beginner Suggestions

(Author anonymous)

 

 

You can always watch videos online reviewing games, or of people playing them.  Depending on the video maker, though, they can be pretty boring.

There are also “board game cafes” all over, where you can play/buy games. The playing tends to be free.

I’ve not done any of those things, though.  We’ve been lucky enough to have friends/family that play, and we generally lean on them.

 

Here are just a few of the many we own, trying to mention a representative game from each of several genres.  (I’ll not talk about the Milton Bradley/Parker Bros stuff that everyone has been playing for 60 years, since most folks know them (and nothing else)):

  • Settlers of Catan — the “gateway drug” of serious board games.  I imagine you’ve played this?  You can’t go wrong.
  • Dominion — a “deck building” game where each player creates their own deck of cards, trying to get a deck strategy that lets them better purchase future cards.
    • Clarifying note: “purchase” is with in-game money, buying cards already in the box.  This isn’t the pokemon game everyone was into in elementary school where you buy cards one-at-a-time using real money.
  • Forbidden Desert — a cooperative board game.  You try to uncover airplane parts before running out of water/overheating/getting buried in sand.
  • Guillotine — a funny card game.  You are executioners in the french revolution taking turns beheading, competing to get the most valuable nobles by manipulating the line leading up to the guillotine to line them up to your advantage.  A simple game, and relatively cheap even new.
  • Ticket to Ride — another relatively well known one.  You build trains to connect cities.
  • Blokus — you take turns placing tiles down on a board, trying to block others from doing the same.  A simple game.
  • Coloretto — you create and later grab piles of cards, trying to get cards of various colors suitable to you and preventing others from doing the same.  A simple game, and relatively cheap.
  • Lords of Waterdeep — a rather involved “agent placement” game.  You take turns claiming spots you need before others take them, using them to gather resources to complete quests for points.
  • Puerto Rico — a very involved “phase selection” game.  You take turns choosing actions for everyone to take, trying to pick actions that work to your advantage but not others’.  Resources are all pretty scarce, so there are lots of opportunities to harm one another.

 

 

 

Core Moorings Concerning Video Games

“Childhood is about fun and exploring in a safe environment full of people who care.” -A trusted friend

 

-video games are fun, and fun is good for its own sake. A wise friend of mine once said on this subject, “To convince yourself they’re good, you don’t need to decide they’ll give your kids a PhD and make them social gurus and improve their reaction time and open their third eye; it suffices that they be fun, engaging, and not evil. ”

 

-many tout things about video games without ever having played them, or conducted research on them, or familiarizing themselves with the corpus of research on the subject at present

 

-do what works for your family, some children are more sensitive than others in various sensory and other ways, discern what will help them have a happy fulfilling healthy life. A wise friend of mine once said, “I totally get someone saying, “games have a bad effect on my” or “I don’t like them,” or “I just don’t care to try them”.  I’m not OK with someone saying, “no one should play these” unless they have something real solid to back it.”.

 

-ensure they aren’t losing out on too many social activities replacing them with video games

 

-pretend scenarios in gaming, as in fairy tales, can help expand the mind. Albert Einstein said if you want your kids to be smart, tell them fairy tales. If you want them to be super smart, tell them even more fairy tales.

 

-Many games can be educational in how they creates a fun environment of challenging puzzles. A wise friend once told me, “kids learn best by playing and exploring.  It’s great to immerse yourself in a different world, learn its rules, explore its offerings.  Sometimes there are puzzles.  Almost always, there’s some form of challenge, and working to overcome those is a lot of fun for some people.”

 

-Some games are better than others. Cheap games requiring little to no thought, but which are addicting in nature, such as Bejeweled, can easily be understood to be harmful, and just filling space instead of bringing real rich enjoyment, etc. There are many ways to release the stress valve in this life, and we can understand that some are better than others. If you or your child has a passionate interest in one of these time-filler time games, see to it that this isn’t all they are spending their time (including their fun time) on. Help them explore deeper joys, expose them to higher ways, and they will by nature gravitate toward that which is more enriching and fulfilling.

 

-Be involved but not overly controlling of your children’s desire to explore with games. A wise friend told me, “Letting them choose their own activities is best for their fun and sense of independence/confidence/growth–that whole “fun” thing again.  But if you aren’t involved at all, you shouldn’t be surprised if they wind up lost.  That is true of anything.  So if you’re worried, just be involved.  Expose them to enough things that they can form their own opinions, or they’ll just latch onto the first thing they’re exposed to.  ”

 

-Amount of time gaming? Limits are good, but not a precise science. Try something and see if it’s too few or too much. And be bold in following those feelings, even if the neighbor kids’ parents place different limits than you do. Culture in the home is sacred, and can easily differ greatly from house to house based on preferences customs and values.

 

-What should we do about claims of experts, and the differences seen in those claims when it comes to gaming? My brilliant friend again has a comforting measuring rod for this matter. He says, “Experience is everything, and you can never prove the experts right or wrong without trying.  Looking for solutions you haven’t experienced anyhow is pretty likely to be wasted effort that you’ll never even realize was wasted.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  The only mistakes to fear are permanent ones, and few problems are.  The rest let you learn.  Don’t stress stuff.  Don’t call the plumber asking about all possible ways your home could have problems.  When a pipe bursts, call them.  Sufficient is the day for the evil therein.  Don’t be dumb, but realize you don’t have to think that hard not to be dumb.”

-Beware the virtual reality effect, which is that people consider that life itself is a program of little importance, and that it is therefore not important to treat others respectfully. Some even take this to the extreme and kill others claiming to be setting them free from the simulation/Matrix/game etc. Some lose the moral compass of fairness in the 1st person mentality, thinking that you can and should do anything and everything to promote your own success and welfare without thinking on the welfare and happiness of others. Elder Bednar gives “an Apostolic warning” about getting too into avatars, virtual realities, and certain cyberspace interactions in an address titled “Things As They Really Are”. In that address, Elder Bednar says “a simulation or model can lead to spiritual impairment and danger if the fidelity is high and the purposes are bad—such as experimenting with actions contrary to God’s commandments or enticing us to think or do things we would not otherwise think or do “because it is only a game.” I raise an apostolic voice of warning about the potentially stifling, suffocating, suppressing, and constraining impact of some kinds of cyberspace interactions and experiences upon our souls. The concerns I raise are not new; they apply equally to other types of media, such as television, movies, and music. But in a cyber world, these challenges are more pervasive and intense. I plead with you to beware of the sense-dulling and spiritually destructive influence of cyberspace technologies that are used to produce high fidelity and that promote degrading and evil purposes. If the adversary cannot entice us to misuse our physical bodies, then one of his most potent tactics is to beguile you and me as embodied spirits to disconnect gradually and physically from things as they really are. In essence, he encourages us to think and act as if we were in our premortal, unembodied state. And, if we let him, he can cunningly employ some aspects of modern technology to accomplish his purposes. Please be careful of becoming so immersed and engrossed in pixels, texting, earbuds, twittering, online social networking, and potentially addictive uses of media and the Internet that you fail to recognize the importance of your physical body and miss the richness of person-to-person communication. Beware of digital displays and data in many forms of computer-mediated interaction that can displace the full range of physical capacity and experience.” (June 2010- Ensign, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2010/06/things-as-they-really-are?lang=eng). For a documentary on how Hollywood is pushing a doctrine of life being a virtual reality, and some of the consequences of that narrative, see “Hollywood’s War on God” by Good Fight Ministries (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC7jYfL2Ufc).

 

 

 

 

Video Game Philosophy: Disadvantages

I pulled opinions from forums of homeschoolers and large families to see their feelings on video game usage, what follows is a synthesis of those opinions which highlighted the possible drawbacks of gaming. In another essay, I show a synthesis of comments regarding possible benefits video games can cultivate.

 

If you are spending large amounts of time on video games, you might do well to consider whether you’re avoiding something about your real life which is causing you to spend so much time in a virtual one. Life is short, and we can do great things in it, even adventurous things which are real! We need to sharpen our bodies and minds and souls so we can take on challenges in life and become real heroes! As great as it is to be skilled at a game, it doesn’t begin to compare to be skilled at something productive.

 

Introductory Caution from “For the Strength of Youth” section on entertainment and media, “Satan uses media to deceive you by making what is wrong and evil look normal, humorous, or exciting. He tries to mislead you into thinking that breaking God’s commandments is acceptable and has no negative consequences for you or others. Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in anything that presents immorality or violence as acceptable.” (https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/entertainment-and-media?lang=eng)

 

-Gaming is antisocial, and since interactions with other humans face to face including the touch warmth etc. which is only had in a personal contact, screen time can be very dangerous. Antisocial people gravitate to virtual gaming, and development of the brain and everything else thrives with human contact. Even baby carriers are dangerous because it takes away from time one on one with mother.  Read “the connected child” by Karyn Purvis on this. She specializes in working with difficult children.

-overstimulate nervous system in infants/toddlers

-potential to have autism-like symptoms if use too much https://www.madinamerica.com/…/virtual-autism-explain…/

-potential for addiction

-rapid images the little brains can’t handle i.e. before age 3, could if exposed greatly before that age decrease social and language skill

-negatively limit and effect the prefrontal cortex

-kids zone out when on screens

-speaker from BYU who is a research doctor of neuroscience- one of the foremost experts in the field. She talked about the damage that screen time does to the developing brain in terms of physiology, emotional growth and potential for addiction

-too much games and kids can be at a loss as to how to play creatively without them (like how people who use alcohol begin to not be able to have a good time without alcohol (same goes for other drug abuse, pornography use, etc.))

-social media in particular can be a source of much negative peer pressure

-a lack of hands on aspect can decrease learning / long term storage of what is learned

Screens present a lot of sensory output at the same time

-screens can tempt kids to not practice musical instruments, to not do homework etc., so you have to monitor them to make sure they aren’t abusing screens

-screen time potentially correlated with fine motor delay

-may cause ADHD symptoms

-Book: Oestreicher, L. The Pied Pipers of Autism—How TV, Video, and Toys Cause ASD. 2011: Merced

-potentially decrease long term memory

-potentially disrupt sleep time

 

 

Video Game Philosophy: Advantages

 

I pulled opinions from forums of homeschoolers and large families to see their feelings on video game usage, what follows is a synthesis of those opinions which highlighted the possible benefits of gaming. In another essay, I show a synthesis of comments regarding possible disadvantages video games can foster.

Video games can be fun recreation, can help build relationships, and can even build problem solving skills, which are critical to success in any field.

-Interactive play as seen in a video game is better than watching a movie when it comes to relaxing recreation. Further if you have to pull an all-nighter, an interactive game will keep you awake more than a movie would.
-Cooperative play
-Give brilliant minds puzzles to solve
-Reward kids for all the help they give, may they feel we showered upon them  every possible delight,  and not that to love next door would have been preferred
-Have something the adults enjoy which they can do with the kids
-give the adults a stress relief
-allow puzzle like games, not brainless flashy ones, and never overtly violent ones
– recent studies show screen time is ok and even beneficial so long as there is balance, that there is also time for outside play and make believe play, time to dissect bugs, time to play sports with other kids, time to go on dates, time to cook with parents, etc.
-those some video game users have unbridled passion for gaming and waste opportunity in life for games, it is also true that those who are taught to bridle their passions in this subject can use the games as a great intellect building tool. Look at the computer scientists, the mathematicians, the physicists which come to us often from the gaming scenario
– in a similar way that books can assist us in building reality and understanding things which are otherwise hard to explain, so can games open the mind to new possibilities.

-PhD speech therapists say screen time research now is saying it’s not bad; many show progress with the use of screens

-recent UK study says should not be limited, but rather should be balanced with other things in life they should be doing

-good for emergencies when mom is sick since interactive is better than movie

-2 hour daily limit says American pediatrics: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-screen-time-smartphone-tablets-tv-1126-story.html?fbclid=IwAR38GV3fpgWpm4DGJilKoq44QMSCOA21NNrqYMq5v42BHt4y3e2_teh5yqg

-Joseph Richardson was a video game guru, I believe this channeled his intelligence into puzzles, things which his mind could calculate and resolve, challenges which pushed him to use his intellect instead of being so bored that he may have otherwise reverted to getting into trouble.

-a misconception that kids who love technology are lazy

-some of the best careers these days are in technology, and games etc. can help them prepare to work in those fields. For many, technology is their future.

-might consider several days a week which are no screen time days

-video game use may lead to autism symptoms https://www.madinamerica.com/…/virtual-autism-explain…/

-google earth is a great exploration tool app, same with the astronomy exploration apps

-we lose the pieces to games like checkers etc.

-kids see parents using screens, so they should learn to responsibly use them too

-expose kids to it so they can see how to use it righteously, or else when on their own the first thing they will do is get all the pop games, which are bad games.

-when they go to friends’ houses there will be games, they will envy those neighbors. We can show them good vs bad games, so they know to reject the bad and accept the good, so they know that good exists in the game world, this will give them the moral courage to not cave to the bad. It’s like music: knowing good music helps us fill a void and thus takes away the temptation to use bad music

-kids can have both hours of the day playing outside, and hours of screens. They are homeschooled so they have extra time, they can use the gaming for not only peaceful and cooperative fun, but for intellectually stimulating exercises. There is more to games than the “sports” type games, though those can help with strategy too. There are games like Zelda, which are a fun way of doing increasingly difficult puzzles.

-nature and animal national geographic or Smithsonian documentaries on YouTube are great for kids to learn.

-documentaries for the adult are helpful, and the kids may want to watch or listen in

-games can be an incentive to get chores and homework done without having to resort to pumping them full of candy, or yelling at them, or coercing them. It’s positive reinforcement, which means we can avoid frustrated parents and  disgruntle children.

-public school students use iPads for writing, reading, gaming, etc.

-Just because you allow technology doesn’t mean that’s ALL they do.

-games can give people a break from each other; they play together all day and can enjoy

-having educational songs in the background they can pick up on much info

-kids with ADHD can have a hard time focusing, the fun aspect of an electronic game can help them focus on completing the puzzle at hand in the game, puzzles which they otherwise would not complete

-keyboarding is a skill that should be taught in our school; frankly the earlier the better on this so they can keep a regular journal, write papers, be organized etc. with their own external hard drive with their files on it which they plug into our computer to do work.

-see what works for your family; fun is good in and of itself; if it becomes a problem, seek a solution, rather than the other way around of “calling a plumber to look for problems”, instead call the plumber when a pipe bursts. “Sufficient is the evil unto the day thereof”

-Kids who are having fun will learn faster than kids not engaged. Kids love screens. Many kids (especially kids with social difficulties like kids with autism) seem to learn certain things better through screens

-many against gaming haven’t played them

-it is well known the playing and exploring are excellent ways for kids to learn; you have that in much of gaming

-almost always games have some sort of challenge; kids can learn that they can do hard things with practice; they can also teach themselves how to figure things out without having to go to someone for help with it is challenging

-some games are meant to be addictive and have an abnormally high flash rate, such as bejeweled. Others such as Zelda are full of real puzzles and can be intellectually stimulating.

-letting kids chose what activities they do for their fun time builds their confidence independence and overall growth, rather than being told what they can and can’t do all the time. Childhood is about fun and exploring in a safe environment full of people who care.

-a parent involved in the child’s gaming can prevent the child from going way to far into them and prevent them from selecting games which are obviously evil

-Expose them to enough things that they can form their own opinions, or they’ll just latch onto the first thing they’re exposed to.

-time limits are a good idea, though not something to fret about being exact about

-the reason kids who play lots of games often become obese is because they snack while playing. If this becomes a problem in your home, you might restrict snacks during gaming, or give healthier snacks for during gaming

-to prevent sleep related issues when it comes to screens, it may be wise to keep all electronic devices in the parents’ bedroom at night if such is a problem in your home

 

 

Note:

this from statista.com shows average times kids and adults have with screens recently https://www.statista.com/statistics/804161/average-amount-screen-time-children-usa/

 

 

 

 

 

Video Game Suggestions

To be frank I’m not very into video games, but some are, so here are some positive games you can use for fun and learning.

gameboy (advance SP is the one with backlight; DS better graphic and just a bit costlier, DS plays advanced and has tons of games):

Mario, mariocart, crash bandicoot, spyro, zelda, donkey kong, pacman,  minecraft?, sonic, Kirby?, Metroid?,  various math games

psp:

better graphics for sports, tony hawk newer, daxter?, ratchet and clank?, Lumines Puzzle Fusion, crash bandicoot,

games that should be found on either GB or PSP:

skateboard, basketball, soccer, puzzle games, tetris, sudoku, minesweeper, other little games that take up too much space on a cell phone like chess checkers can do with kids taking turns 2 player, airplane simulator

smart phone / tablet apps:

gospel library, Hebrew interlinear bible, calculator, voice recorder, camera, video camera, minesweeper, chess, checkers, tetris, astronomy identifier, astronomy exploration (Solar System Scope is a good one), google earth, connect 4, dots and boxes, tic tac toe, Chinese checkers, hangman, uno, monopoly, dominos, yousician (learn piano or guitar), sudoku, word search, match cards, ISS HD Live (shace craft live footage of earth), compass, ridudo, Irish tin whistle tabs, learn Irish tunes (also tin whistle), guitar chords chart , pac man, Mario, kids PBS science, retro snake, air hockey,

Nintendo Wii (some of these also on Gamecube and 3DS and Switch):

Zelda, Mario, Mariokart, Rayman, Kirby, Sonic, Metroid?, Namco museum, classic games, Hasbro Family Game Night, Endless Ocean, Minecraft, Create, World of Zoo, Disney Princess?, Duck Tales, Skate It, Super Smash Bros?,  Disney Epic Mickey, Sesame Street Cookie Counting, Reader Rabbit Preschool, Jumpstart Escape Adventure Island, Science Papa, Think Smart Family, Smarty Pants: Trivia for Everyone, Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure & a counting one and likely others, Margot’s Word Brain, Star Fox, Rayman, Ratchet & Clank, Disney Epic Mickey, Reader Rabbit Preschool,

Gamecube: CTR Crash Team Racing, Duck Tales, Wild Earth: African Safari, Margot’s Word Brain, Star Fox?,

Playstation:

crash bandicoot

Xbox:

Kingdom Hearts

PC for kids: (see “Steam” to buy computer games)

Headstart Adventure, Pajama Sam, Freddi Fish, pajama Sam, Freddie fish, Jumpstart Adventure, 3D Pac Man

YouTube channels and other websites for kids:

scripture stories, discovery channel, national geographic, Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, Myth Busters, sesame street, counting and colors, khan academy

 

 

 

 

Info on Video Gaming Systems

 

(Author anonymous)

 

Portable Systems technical facts and generalities:

– I know nothing of the PSP.  I don’t think they make games for it NOW, but it doesn’t matter; there’s a library full of old stuff; the same goes for almost all handhelds at this point in time.  Graphically, this is between a PS and a PS2, on the PS2 side.

– The new (current?) PSP is called a “PS Vita”.  I know nothing about it, either, other than that it exists.  Being a much newer console, I think/hope they’ve re-released a lot of old PS games on it that you can buy online, which is very promising.  But I’m not sure, nor do I know if their old game prices are reasonable.  Graphically, this is probably between a PS2 and a PS3.

– GBA plays GB+GBC+GBA.  You already know what it’s like. GBA SP is indeed nothing but a GBA but with a backlight (and some say a worse fit to your hand).  Probably like $30?

– DS does GBA+DS, but not GB or GBC.  Usually.  Some models don’t do GBA either (check to see if it has a GBA slot); there are a lot of different models but other than the GBA slot they’re mostly the same.  One of the most successful handhelds ever, sales-wise, and thus has an impressive library, especially for RPG, platformer, and puzzle fans.  Like $50?  Graphically, somewhere between a PS and a PS2, on the PS side.

– 3DS plays DS+3DS, but not GB or GBC or GBA (ever).  It has a somewhat smaller library of its own games (though still plenty); my collection’s like 25% 3DS games and 75% DS games.  I’ve hacked mine so that it also plays GB+GBC+GBA+NES+SNES+Genesis, so for me it’s far and away the best handheld… but it required hacking (and you’d be playing downloaded roms, not physical cartridges, which is only legal if you own the physical cartridge, and it’s hard to convince yourself to buy a cartridge you’ll never use for something you don’t own).  Anyhow, like $85 for the basic 3DS, though there are other models (2DS, 3DS XL, “New 3DS” (HORRIBLE name, nintendo), ect ).  Ask me about it if you care to.  Graphically, somewhere between a PS2 and a Gamecube/Wii (fun facts:  Despite popular belief, Gamecube hardware’s graphics are definitively better than PS2’s.  And Wii hardware is identical to Gamecube hardware except that they’ve added support for peripherals like the motion controller and the internet and such, so graphically it didn’t improve at all).

– Switch only plays Switch, and has a pretty sadly small library right now, hopefully that will change with time.  And pricey.  So not recommended unless you’re dying to play one its games.

– Smart Phone – Don’t underestimate this; maybe you don’t need a game system at all.  Most smart phone games are garbage–but that’s just because of an indiscriminate target audience.  You’d pick the non-garbage, right?  While most of the best games are not made for smartphone initially, many of the older ones have since been re-released for it.  Like, a lot of them.  Though it does suffer the same problem as computers:  Knowing whether your phone is compatible or not.  Anyhow, if you’re just playing chess/minesweeper/whatever, you’d be crazy to do so on an expensive game system–if you already have a smart phone.  The older cheaper smart phones are getting cheap now, but it’s anyone’s guess what’s compatible with them.

 

Bottom Line:

– My general advice is always: Buy GAMES, not Systems.  Pick the system with the games you want, not vice versa.  Of course, it’s hard if you don’t know what you want.  PSP/PS Vita mightbe better for you, based on what you’re already familiar with and the fact that it MIGHT play PS games… But I know little about it (including how much it cost); don’t take my word here

– Use Amazon to get relative prices (since amazon is well-organized and easy to compare), then do the actual buy on Ebay (which is almost always cheaper than Amazon, and IMHO just as reliable).  Or swing by a local game shop (but not GameStop; they’re more expensive and have much worse selection (focusing only on very new stuff), but have sadly driven many better companies out of business; you’d be better off buying online).  Some of these systems are REAL cheap.

 

Computer Gaming:

– Well, this is probably actually the best bet, selection wise–huge library PLUS you can emulate most anything (emulation is legal; piracy is not).

– Though it doesn’t solve the I’m-at-work problem. Which is probably a dealbreaker.  But I’ll ramble anyways…

– Most games will work fine on a crappy computer.  Though backwards compatibility with really old stuff is sometimes a pain, though often possible.  That’s my main beef with computer games; unlike a console, the computer changes with time, and occasionally leaves the old (but precious) stuff behind.  But even then, there’s such a big library of games.

– If you’re gonna play on PC, you’ll probably run into “Steam”.

– Steam is an electronic game portal for the PC, and for better or worse is now basically the semi-official way most people play games on the PC.  It’s like buying a video on Amazon Prime instead of buying a DVD–I hate the fact that it makes you permanently dependent on the company managing Steam, but it’s pretty much everywhere and if you game on the PC, you will probably run into it.  I’m probably the only one botherd by this

– Steam is free; you buy games, not a subscription service.  So unlike Amazon Prime, once you buy a game, it’s basically (though not technically) yours forever.  Like Amazon Prime, it supports multiple devices; if you buy it once, you own it “forever” and can put it on any device(s) you want to.

– Steam is… surprisingly fair in their pricing.  They regularly have really major discounts.  Like bundles of a lot of supposedly decent games for very, very little, surprisingly.

– Speaking of which… CHECK THIS OUT: https://store.steampowered.com/app/283960/Pajama_Sam_No_Need_to_Hide_When_Its_Dark_Outside

– They got everything this company ever made on Steam, and it works on about any computer.  Not that we aren’t way to old for this stuff, but I bought Pajama Sam and Freddi Fish for Evelyn, and she loves them… They only cost me $2.70 each (they go on sale really often). 🙂  Just rambling because this was a happy bit of nostalgia for me.

– These games suggest to me that maybe Steam does a pretty good job maintaining support for older stuff (these actually runs in a Windows 95 emulator behind-the-scenes, but Steam shields your from those nitty gritty details).  But those are the only two steam games I’ve actually bought, so that’s a poor sample size.

– Anyhow, I’m not personally much of a PC gamer, so I can’t help as much here.

 

 

 

 

Media Guidelines: Action, Violence, Sparring, Competition

 

I know violence is bad, but wrestling and exercise/sport are good. Joseph Smith was a great wrestler. So where is the line between violence and ‘grappling’? Is it anger vs competition? Can we fight / spar in good spirits? Then we get into the violent gaming conversation (grappling games, war games, etc.). Is it OK if we’re shooting “aliens” / “bad guys” just not civilians? The For the Strength of Youth manual on entertainment states “Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in anything that presents immorality or violence as acceptable.” I’ve heard wise men say we let kids essentially chose their entertainment with some guidelines, focusing on letting them safely explore their interests/talents rather than micromanagement.

 

What about the stories of the hero’s with their bow and arrow, their sword on their horse, is it so different to have the hero holding a gun? Even scripture characters use “violence” when needed. Should we just say ‘hands off’ policy on violence unless someone is literally trying to kill us?

 

Can we picture George Washington, Captain Moroni, or Joseph Smith playing war/battle-based video games in their free time? It seems these men of combat who we hold highest in our esteem are they who liked it the least. One the other hand, perhaps what they do for recreation doesn’t matter so much as that they didn’t seek to have too much of it.

 

I recall a study which showed that those who watch violent media are slower to react with compassion to the suffering/needs of others. This violent media could include film, gaming, or even music with improper lyrics or tones.

 

As a father, I often take the role of “you can do it, be strong, toughen up, get ready for the outside world, compete, try it on your own, you don’t need help, make your own decision” sort of character. So I’m afraid my liberal view on gaming may be imbalanced when compared to a woman’s view.

 

I don’t think paintball is bad, so why would a game doing something similar be?

 

Porter Rockwell certainly liked to shoot guns, and guns are often a friend to the friend of liberty, a tool to be respected and restrained rather than a venom to throw away.

 

In the book “Daughters in My Kingdom” (published by the church about the Relief Society), one sister preaches that we should not let our children play with guns (perhaps she was referring to very small children? I would agree if such is the case.)

 

Also Joseph Smith reportedly said that those who tote firearms will one day live to regret that. Obviously, Joseph wasn’t anti-gun, he hired Porter to defend him with a rifle, and Joseph carried his sword when acting as military leader for the citizens of Nauvoo, him being the governor.

 

To be immersed in blood baths and gore, and detailed killings, these things are obviously not good at all. If a game has a sense of fear and darkness, it is likely not of God. Perhaps the greatest measuring rod is the spirit which the activity produces. If it creates the spirit of contention (which is of the Devil), or if it produces a simple uplifting competitive activity.

as for violence in the games: does it glorify violence? You make the call. Kids wrestle, etc. Some “fighting” is more playful grappling than warfare. I don’t think paintball is bad, so why would a game doing something similar be? Granted it also seems that you’ll need to judge the disposition of the child to see if they are mature enough to remain a peaceable soul if they play such games. The body is a blessing from God which we can use to grapple etc. Joseph Smith liked to wrestle people, and was very good at it. Porter Rockwell certainly liked to shoot guns, and guns are often a friend to the friend of liberty, a tool to be respected and restrained rather than a venom to throw away. There is debate on the subject. In the book “Daughters in My Kingdom”, one sister preaches that we should not let our children play with guns (perhaps she was referring to very small children? I would agree if such is the case.) Also Joseph Smith reportedly said that those who tote firearms will one day live to regret that. Obviously, Joseph wasn’t anti-gun, he hired Porter to defend him with a rifle, and Joseph carried his sword when acting as military leader for the citizens of Nauvoo, him being the governor. It’s also good logic to say that you don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, and thus we should be armed in whatever grade equipment which the military has, so we could, as a local militia, defend ourselves if ever a tyrannical government sent troops upon us, as happened at that time of the revolution of America. So we see that men must deal in guns and so forth at times. We might consider that the age of man used to be lower than what it is now, namely that 12-year olds were essentially considered often mature enough to have a job, and perhaps a few years later to start a family if another mature candidate of their age so inclined. The historian will understand that we used to consider our younglings our able of understanding mature topics, and participating in the transition to adulthood at a younger season. Today a new advent of transition to adulthood from age 18-25 has risen, perhaps an older standard for maturity (as measured by the willingness to assume mature roles in society, namely those of being a spouse a parent and an independent worker (and yes college students can live on their own with their own created families and be independent workers, they need not wait for all those things until graduating college)). I seems to me reasonable that some amount of becoming familiar with weaponry through video game consoles could be beneficial in the fun aspect (fun is good in and of itself), and the aspect of learning respect for firearms. But to be immersed in blood baths and gore, and detailed killings, these things seem not good at all. If a game has a sense of fear and darkness, it is likely not of God. Perhaps the greatest measuring rod is the spirit which the activity produces. If it creates the spirit of contention (which is of the Devil), or if it produces a simple uplifting competitive activity.

 

Do not the heroes of the stories go about with their swords, the bow and arrow, and was not their bravery with those tools considered something of high regard? Do not even the characters of scripture at times use weapons? The Book of Mormon depicts that usually it is both parties in a way who are in the wrong, but it also points out that it is better to fight back to defend one’s self than to let an enemy mow you down.

 

It seems not very different weather the hero wields a sword or a gun. Their hero is noble if he only uses force when absolutely needed, and never to an opponent unworthy of battle, never with by standards who need not be engaged.

 

It would also seem useless to have a conquest where there is no story, no scenario to show that the battle was needed. And surely if the character warring is doing so for an evil motive, such as taking money from bystanders not involved in declared war of defense, surely such a character is the one who glorifies violence. To glorify violence, to love and thirst for blood, to seek destruction, this is the opposite of the man who only resorts to violence when it is to defend life liberty and property, for these are sacred.

 

Perhaps it’s just a simulation and violence is only when we are using our body to harm someone else’s body?

 

 

 

 

 

Violence & Video Games: Forum Analysis

I pulled groups of primarily large families and homeschool families on their thoughts about violence in video gaming. Here is a synapsis of their comments.

 

-how does it make you feel about the holiness of life?

-are they in control like any good sport, or losing control?

-are they getting interpersonal skills?

-killing is crossing the line and no longer is ok, it’s not a sport we tolerate

-wrestling is good and right for body and soul

-there must be consent between competitors

-the scriptures tell us to not do violence or anything like unto it, and simulating is like unto!

-does it correctly portray good and evil?

-does it involve strategy, or just violence as the answer to everything?

-remember context, intent, boundaries, cooperation, sportsmanship,

-aggression in man needs to be expressed correctly

-3D simulation tricks the mind and leads it hungry for more since no physical activity accompanies it. Pause often for physical activity.

-is winning more important than people?

-not only have no evil, but have the presence of good, not a void

-sports, not violence, are the channel God has given us to entertain ourselves.

-would I be ok with myself doing this in real life? Do I wish for my subconscious repeat this scene of “my” actions over and again?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movies: Children

 

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Disney’s Alladin (1992) and subsequent films

Muppets

The 3 Caballeros

Wallace and Gromit

Chicken Run

Pokahantas

Fantasia

The Wizard of Oz

Willie Wonka

Snow White

Sleeping Beauty

Wish Bone

The Pagemaster

The Neverending Story

Anastasia

The sword in the stone

The Dary Crystal?

The Jungle Book

Ratetoui

Baby Boss

The Secret of NIMH

Emperors New Groove

Kronks New Groove

El Derado

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Around the World in 80 Days

Pete’s Dragon

The Black Cauldron

Pinocchio

The Brave Little Toaster

Hook

Star Wars

Mulan

Young Sherlock Holmes

The Goonies?

Harry Potter

The karate kid?

Enders Game

Labrynth?

The Bridge to Tarabethia

The Lion the witch and the wardrobe

Jungle Book – new version ?

Dragon Heart

Big Fish?

Tom Sawyer

Huckleberry Finn

The Grinch – Jim Carrey

Swiss Family Robinson

Jeremiah Johnson – western – 1972 ?

*Old Yeller

*Lassie

 

 

 

 

Movies: Action, Suspense

 

ARABIAN NIGHTS FILMS:

The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)

The Theif of Baghdad (1924)

The Weary Death (1921)

 

OTHER FILMS:

Sherlock Holmes, the new one?

Man in the Iron Mask

Count of Monte Cristo

Lord of the Rings series

The Hobbit series

Top Gun?

Indiana Jones?

Monty Python Holy Grail? (Dr. Ricks liked it)

The purple rose of cairo?

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

The Patriot

Braveheart

Rocky?

The sword and the sorcerer?

Erik the Viking?

Batman Begins series

John Wayne – westerns

Hamlet – 1990

Iron Will

Elizabeth: The Golden Age – PG13 – 2007 ?

 

All quiet on the western front?

Movies: Drama, Fantasy

 

October Sky

Sabrina? – 1954

Dead Poets Society – 1989 ?

Patch Adams

Roman Holiday – is that the one where he takes the princess to see the town as a lay person?

The Princess Bride

Willow

Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Lawrence of Arabia

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Mr. Smith goes to Washington

Ben Hur

1984 – black and white version

The Great Escape

Brave New World – space suit version

 

 

Movies: Comedy

 

Scrooged – Bill Murray – modern Christmas Carol ?

Footloose?

Groundhog day

 

Movies: Theater, Broadway, Musicals

 

Newzies

The Sound of Music

Little Women

King and I

Singin’ in the Rain

South Pacific

Annie

7 Brides for 7 Brothers

Wicked

Cats

Westside Story – 1961

My Fair Lady

Movies: TV Series

 

Andy Griffith

Gilligan’s Island

I Love Lucy

Perry Mason (one of Thomas S Monson’s favorites)

MASH ?

Little House on the Prairie

That other country family series Meg knows of

 

 

Movies: on Classic Literature

 

Sense and Sensibility – 1995

Pride and Prejudice – 2005

Gone with the Wind

Scrooge – Patrick Macnee ?

The Damnation of Faust

Cassablanca

Its a wonderful life

Life is Beautiful

Les Mesrables – old version

The Scarlet Pimpernail

The 10 Commandments

To kill a Mockingbird

Wuthering Heights – 1939

Bleakhouse – 8 hr version, BBC

Edmond Druid, BBC of Dickens

Oliver Twist – BBC series

Little Dorrit – BBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparedness Tip: Run for Your Life by Andrew Skousen

 

From the World Affairs Brief, 3-22-19 worldaffairsbrief.com

 

How many of us feel fit enough to make a “run for it” if we had to? How many of us would be panting hard after just one block? What if our path of escape was uphill? Keeping ourselves physically fit has many benefits, including the ability to get out of a tough situation by simply running away. Don’t underestimate this crucial aspect of mobility. Although we have plenty of fast vehicles and modes of transportation, nothing is as flexible and always available as our own two feet. On foot we can rapidly change direction, clamber over obstacles, climb and even swim. Our aptitude in this area could not only save our own life, but help us get to others in time to save them. Here are some ideas for improving in this core area of physical fitness.

 

Start slow. The best speed and agility comes from a foundation of healthy physical fitness. If you are starting from very little daily exercise and activity, it pays to start small and work up to higher levels of fitness. Even patients with recent operations are now being encouraged to get up and walk afterwards because their improvement is much faster when they do. Walking is fine, but don’t stagnate at this level. Walking hills or stairs next strengthens the heart and helps the lungs get stronger when you get to breathing hard.

 

Transition to running. Most people can run, even if they have to start slow. Many people just avoid it because they find it too strenuous at first. The key is to avoid this sudden all-or-nothing approach. Our bodies are complex and take time to adjust to different benchmarks. When we suddenly ask it to perform at a faster speed it struggles to keep up the pace and fills our minds with painful complaints from our lungs to our knees which aren’t used to it. Some people hate running because of this or think they can’t do it. But most of the time it is just that their bodies are not used to it or they have developed bad running habits that exacerbate knee or joint problems. Learn first proper running technique such as from this excellent video by Dr. Mark Cucuzella. The key is to help your body transition from your current benchmark to one where you can run, and run fast.

 

Interval training. An excellent way to nudge your body toward faster movement is with intervals of more intense effort interspersed between slower periods where you are still moving. For instance, if you are used to walking, switch to a jog for one minute and then back down to walking for 3 minutes. Start with the speed you are used to running and speed it up for a short period of time before resuming the slower pace until you recover. Use a watch to time your intervals and increase the times spent at the faster pace and/or decrease the time spent at the easier pace. Gradually the body will adjust your muscle tone, blood flow and energy stores to be ready for the faster pace. Don’t give up just because it is hard at first; that’s the signal needed to tell your body to change.

 

The goal is to increase both speed and stamina. To improve your stamina, intersperse intervals of slower running or walking into your routine before you get tired out. For instance, if you can only run for a half mile, try walking a bit after just a quarter mile, again after a half mile and then run on to increase your distance. You will soon find that you can keep this up for 1, 3, 5 and more miles just by pacing yourself with periodic walking. Eventually you can even run those distances without the walking breaks.

 

Once you have a stronger foundation of physical health, you can add speed days to your workouts. The goal here isn’t to be able to run your whole workout at top speed but to run several intervals at high speed after getting warmed up with 10 to 15 minutes of normal running. The 100 yard dash is too short for a real get-away, but it is useful for learning to quickly cover short distances. You can measure it off precisely if you want to compare your time with others, but most people can just sprint for the length of the same city block and compare their time as they improve. To really get away you will likely have to run for two or three blocks, so practice that or use the 1/4 mile track for an excellent test of both speed and stamina.

 

Don’t be discouraged if you can’t beat your old high school records. The goal is to get to your peak fitness for your current age. For some people that means just being able to climb a hill or several flights of stairs unassisted, but most of us are capable of some form of running. Experts have long known that the body was designed to run, and most of us just need to remind it of its abilities. In the end, the goal of being able to move quicker in an emergency is an additional benefit of healthier physical fitness from exercise and healthier eating. Keep working at it and you can become more vibrant, efficient and capable of quick action when you need it most.

 

Don’t forget to lose weight if you need to. Running will never become enjoyable if you carry around an extra 30 or 40 pounds when exercising. Remember too, when exercising to help lose weight, don’t increase your food intake, with your increased appetite. Most will not lose weight while exercising if you keep eating the same type and quantity as before. You must cut down on food intake to be successful. [END]

 

 

 

 

 

Studio C Comedy Favorites

 

Manly – effeminate Provo boys

 

 

Wedding Roar

 

 

Ditching Darby

 

 

Fail – testing center

 

 

Provo, UT Girls

 

 

Cougars

 

 

Mormon Misunderstanding – not strange yet strange

 

 

I’m Batman – failing sidekick disguises

 

 

The Revenant: Back from the dead – fight with she bear, swam back up stream to say goodbye

 

 

Life Lessons from Grandma:

 

 

Love Loves Love – Stacey music video reject

 

 

Scarry story of the future

 

 

The Phantom of the Opera’s girl problems

 

 

Hazel: most annoying coworker

 

 

Bad roommate Agatha – dark poetry

 

 

ER – Vet Division

 

 

Dubstep DJ

 

 

The Origins of Country Music

 

 

French Revolution Manhunt

 

 

Disgruntled Commoners

 

 

Attila the Hun’s Deathbed

 

 

Asking for her dad’s permission

 

 

A Kindergarden fight for love

 

 

Baskins Robins love confession – love too fast

 

 

Kids Should Love Money (featuring Stars)

 

 

Caught in the crosshairs – hobo enters relationship – meet my parents – raise these kids

 

 

Fastest Newscast Ever

 

 

The Janitor: Library Love

 

 

Mr. Eckelstone Teaches Drivers Ed

 

Downtown Drama – priorities – dinner moved back hour smashes cup

 

 

Flirting Academy

 

 

Flirting Academy Graduation

The Mad Scientist Ruins Valentine’s Day

 

The Mad Scientist Ruins Sports

 

The Mad Scientist Creates Junior High School

 

Table for one

 

 

Pokemon Go ruined my wedding

 

 

Love from afar

 

 

Mr. Eckelstone’s Drivers Ed: Winter Edition

 

Worst Psychiatrist Ever

 

 

Worst Waiter Ever

 

 

Worst Teacher Ever

 

 

Worst Lawyer Ever

 

 

Worst Cop Ever

 

 

Worst Plumber Ever

 

 

Studio C Grinch

Watch This! Ultimate Skate Park Disaster with Shonduras

 

 

Jason Bourne Resurfaces in 2016

 

 

Awkward Moment With Puritan Roommate

 

 

Strangest Sound on a Date

 

 

The Guest List of His Royal Majesty

 

 

The art of the Setup

 

 

Car Lip Sync Battle

 

 

Typical Country Song

 

 

Top Crime Scene Photographer

 

 

Presidential Fail

 

 

Shalow Mal – uglier the better –

 

 

Courting Ritual – humans in their natural habitat

 

 

Life Alert Dating

 

 

Bad Boy Rap – second thought I want a good boy

 

 

Santa’s Love Languages

 

 

Santa’s Worst Present Ever

 

 

Santa’s Elves go on Strike

 

 

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, Christmas Edition

 

 

ESPN Matt Center, Part 2

 

 

Cheer Up Mix Up – giving a puppy

 

 

Crisis at the Confessional

 

 

Fugative Man Hunt – exhaustive investigation

 

 

Advent Calendar Temptation

 

 

Pic or it didn’t happen

 

 

Touch Up – hikers get overhaul

 

 

Gandalf Intervention

 

 

The Center for People That YouTube Made Infamous

 

 

Facebook friends song

 

 

The Entertainment 2: Assisted Living Community

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/watch/15d6a2615c90190d

 

How to be a famous reality star

 

 

The Most Organic Vlog: Christmas Hacks

 

 

The Most Organic Vlog: Diet Tips

 

 

The Most Organic Vlog: Parenting Tips

 

 

Cutting out holidays

 

 

Hibiscus Bisque

 

 

What’s in a name

 

 

Generation Gap – baby Spencer roommate

 

 

Baby Spencer goes to work

 

 

A Mother’s overbearing Love

 

 

You Deserve a Better You – free yourself from goals

 

 

Gift exchange

 

 

Cupcake Wars Interrupted by Jealous Husband – gender roles

 

 

Boy Band Breakup

 

 

Once Upon a Time

 

 

Christmas Shopping by the 4 Wise Men

 

 

The Queen on Twitter

 

 

Grandma Tildy

 

 

Playing Devil’s Advocate – oil tycoons using souls as currency

 

 

A Germaphobe’s Nightmare https://youtu.be/cv4H8JvZIas

Santa and the Christmas Blue’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMxNNBdfxbI

Thesis Defence – this is war https://youtu.be/Lrlro3YJ15o

Help me – I need your wallet and girlfriend https://youtu.be/VV5p0_yZWwI

Message from Above https://youtu.be/ofW4-xePKVA

Secret Agent Siting https://youtu.be/A-E7Tr5PbZI

Lobster Bisque https://youtu.be/A2KCGQhVRTE

Beware of Christmas Carolers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0fEm3xYKfE

Everyone’s a Winner https://youtu.be/qe6dHwS7InQ

The Bacon Cleanse https://youtu.be/zqD5hDbgLyU

The Hunchback of BYU https://youtu.be/zqD5hDbgLyU

The School of Fashion https://youtu.be/dsc8EvzgaFk

The Knights of the Holy Grail https://youtu.be/l7fhRtgc6_M

The Great Train Robbery https://youtu.be/uk4WqPH5y64

James Austen https://youtu.be/-dEsaYj1JFk

The 12 Days of Christmas from Studio C https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5F2gDx-p_c

Backyard Crime Cover-up https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_3780083021&feature=iv&list=PLGVpxD1HlmJ9hNQ46m3lUXh9mF8WPULLe&src_vid=B5F2gDx-p_c&v=m7sV7OJND1c

16th Century Med School https://youtu.be/ZSEqbXed1Mo

Foreign Exchange https://youtu.be/puZb1VUdo2M

Lord of the Dance https://youtu.be/KSyRZ11HSx0

Shakespearean Therapy https://youtu.be/RhUY9li_roA

Black Friday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnMcTJPaKfs&index=18&list=PLGVpxD1HlmJ9hNQ46m3lUXh9mF8WPULLe

Superman’s Sibling – comparing https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_71910201&feature=iv&src_vid=YfWWQdEJwqo&v=wjarzQWtBwM

Republicans vs. Democrats https://youtu.be/aXyDAi51A7s

Metropolitan Boy Scouts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkPh-d2f8wA&sns=em

The Amish go green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXnEAoOaTdc&sns=em

The Absent Minded Robber – forgets why came, activities in home https://youtu.be/4T37hu6RrIE

Crazy Mall Kiosk – avoid at all cost https://youtu.be/YIGEwAuWpB8

Overdue Military Letters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUKmAyoMb9c

A chess player prodigy – be fair, don’t judge! https://youtu.be/quio0o9TfW4

Longest Grocery Store Checkout Line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjdKPDsYA7o

Political Correctness Puzzles Police https://youtu.be/tQByeGkJJSc

Password Protection Problems https://youtu.be/jtiZIa2fWAQ

The Restaurant of Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL5q8HOYVU0

Every Fight Ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6sMnQsv7Hk

Practical Philosophy – talking criminals out of crime https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_506501493&feature=iv&src_vid=lKimaAhyakc&v=tu3v87_97Hc

Prom Dress Gone Wrong – Brooklyn and Bailey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idh6xH9-sCk

Les Mormonables https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3XXjn4hVUA

The Hunchback of BYU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94FwS8Z6kK8

Phantom of the Akward https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3bN3oPiX1Y

The OTHER Parent Trap | Parody with Studio C https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unFAHooh_zE

High School Boyfriend Drama – ft. Studio C | Brooklyn and Bailey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FYlxh5TP6o

This is my theme song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAc87uKWstM

 

DANCE BATTLE: Boys Vs Girls – ft. Brooklyn and Bailey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnc0deR2N5M

You can do anything https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avixPJQiRfw

Epic Photoshoot with Top Model Lucky Blue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWNwB1DfuL4

The Great Brittish Bake Off: Tarts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIrRpgWfY4M

Nintendo NES will save the world – nerd saves world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3hIzo3MBKY

the piano guys behind the piano guys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUuMhg9NtxY&t=2s

man on a ledge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZoI-MFnTHE&t=75s

ghost schedules haunting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX3qMuFg0uI&t=25s

Operation Breakup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GeaFfhaYkI&t=3s

Operation Breakup 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWw60iFRGBo

Bollyside story – westside story Bollywood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swz7mKnIvkQ

Your favorite teen drama https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tQ5W-NAlRI&t=165s

Ugly cop – good cop bad cop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCTtWPpV6dM&t=3s

Famous last words before execution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGgyLzJn1zM

Vidangel with Matt Neese: https://youtu.be/9XOjdARr87I

Does VidAngel ruin art? https://youtu.be/2Zhk-g5ebRY

Is VidAndel legal? https://youtu.be/9TZRTkRgAFc

Magic Tricks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWw_1-gEdLA