Quezon City, Philippines
Without doubt, Pokemon Go has become one of the most popular games in the Philippines. Ever since it was launched on August 5, 2016, a huge number of Pinoy Pokemon fans have started their quest to find every monster that is out there. Needless to say, the game is quite addicting, especially to the youth.
I was able to see firsthand how easy it can be to get hooked, when I decided to try the game for myself. Although it was fun to finally live the dream of capturing Pokemon, it was incredibly addicting, which is probably why some of us can’t help but play the game, even on Sundays.
At one particular Church meeting, the teacher was leading a very interesting discussion up front, and the rest of the class was actively participating. Then I heard a young man ask his seatmate, “Do you know how to get Pikachu as your starter Pokemon?”
Sometimes, it is hard to resist the urge to play an addicting game on the Sabbath day. But, even though it’s fun to catch cute pocket monsters, there are some things that are more important that you could be missing.
The Sweet Spirit of Sunday
Time to Think of Him
The Chance to Serve
The Chance to Spend time with Family
The Opportunity to Connect
Brother Randall L. Ridd, second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, spoke about making a choice on our own. “Every day the world seeks to influence your desires, enticing you to buy something, click on something, play something, read or watch something.”
“Ultimately, the choice is yours. You have agency. Each choice takes you closer to or further from what you are meant to become; each click has meaning. Always ask yourself, ‘Where will this choice lead?’ Develop the ability to see beyond the moment.”
May we have eyes and hearts that see beyond our Pokemon captures and truly see what matters most: our relationship with our family, the service that we extend, and the love of the Lord.
Giula Garcia, MCH Contributor
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