We often refer to the Holy Ghost as a “constant companion” (see Doctrine and Covenants 121:46). But you might also have another constant companion: Your smartphone.
Though you may pay more attention to one over the other, the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. This could be a good thing or a not-so-good thing.
These two companions have some interesting similarities:
- They are or may be constantly with you.
- You consult with them often.
- You look to them for guidance and direction.
- They provide answers to pressing questions.
- You may pay more attention to them than the people around you.
After the priesthood ordinance is performed, through sincere devotion, obedience, and spiritual preparation, we can have the Holy Ghost near us day and night. If we pay our monthly cell phone bill, we can keep you smartphone service on.
We can listen to for the Spirit’s still small voice by quieting our minds and being attentive to promptings. Or we may be watching or listening to notifications on our phones, and checking for new posts or email, perhaps hundreds of times a day.
We can lean on the Holy Ghost for guidance and direction during times of spiritual trial, or we may be using Google Maps for driving directions when we’re lost, or looking to the Pinterest app for how-to solutions.
After prayer, we can listen for answers to come by the Spirit, or we might take our questions to friends on Facebook or post a queries on Quora.
A smartphone might be so distracting that we pay closer attention to it that the people around us. Or we might regard the guidance of the Holy Ghost higher than the opinions of those around us.
Once again, the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive and most of the time they aren’t. One might a constant companion while the other is only a companion. But sometimes, the chatter of our phones and social media cab drown out the quiet, comfort, and peace we seek from a higher, holier source.
I’m not saying we don’t need our phones. I’m only saying it might be distracting us from something better: a more reliable, more faithful and peaceful source of truth and light.