A Report on LDS.org Addressing the Pokemon Go App



Correction: The original article stated that it was an official statement from the church but it is actually a report that was put in the “church news” section of LDS.org. The message is still the same but the clarification is that it is not an official statement put forth by the church.

We’ve grown accustomed to seeing people texting while walking, but lately have you noticed strangers wandering outside your local ward or stake building while expectantly staring into their phone’s camera?

A hugely popular interactive mobile game released last week encourages players to visit various popular locations and landmarks. Some of those landmarks include LDS meetinghouses, visitors’ centers, historic sites, temples, and parks, which appear in many mapping software programs.

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.

In his October 2015 general conference talk, President Thomas S. Monson reminded us to be good examples in every situation. “Our opportunities to shine surround us each day, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. 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” (“Be an Example and a Light”).

Continue reading about four simple ways we can help promote understanding about our Church and improve relationships with others in our communities at LDS.org


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