Elder M. Russell Ballard shares his thoughts of using the game ‘Pokemon Go’ among members of the Church in a speech to a regional conference broadcast according to BYUIScrolls.
The apostle invites members to remember that the Lord counseled His children to find time to be still and know that He is God.
“Now someone has found one more way to keep family members occupied away from what matters most,” Elder Ballard said. “It’s something called ‘Pokemon Go.’ I don’t understand this, and don’t ask me anything about it. I just know one thing is that young people, and maybe a lot of old people, they look down on their smartphones, trying to find Pokemon, I guess, instead of looking up to see the beautiful creations of God’s wonderful world.”
The apostle did not say to stop playing the game but he wants to point out that parents should teach their children the discipline to not let technology interfere with other important physical and spiritual activities.
The LDS Church also released an article about how to react to players of the said game:
“Regardless of the reason that brings visitors to Church facilities, we need to remember that the way we react to visitors may affect their understanding and feelings about the Church.”
“Our opportunities to shine surround us each day, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves,” said President Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “As we follow the example of the Savior, ours will be the opportunity to be a light in the lives of others, whether they be our own family members and friends, our co-workers, mere acquaintances or total strangers.”