Satan's Tool of Distracting
Good People With "Good Things"



Elder Richard G. Scott (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

 Are there so many fascinating, exciting things to do, or so many challenges pressing upon you, that it is hard to keep focused on that which is essential?  When things of the world crowd in, all too often the wrong things are allowed to take highest priority.  Then it is easy to forget the fundamental purpose of life.  Satan has a powerful tool to use against good people, those who are committed to a worthy, righteous life, who want to do good and intend to make the most of this life.  His tool is distraction.  He has an extensive array of undeniably good things that are used to keep us from doing the essential ones.   Have you noticed that when you begin to focus on something truly important, something of eternal significance, there often come throughts of other good things to distract you?  Satan promotes, distraction.  He would have good people fill life with "good things" so there is no room for the "essential ones."  Have you unconsciously  been caught in that trap?

Remember that you are here on earth for a divine purpose.  The purpose is not to be endlessly entertained or to be constantly in full pursuit of pleasure.  You are here to be tried, to prove yourself so that you can received the additional blessings God has for you. 
(Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy [2007], pp. 10-11; emphasis original)




Elder Dallin H. Oaks
(Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)


We should begin by recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it.  The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them.  Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives.  ...  As we consider various choices, we should remember that it is not enough that something is good. Other choices are better, and still others are best. Even though a particular choice is more costly, its far greater value may make it the best choice of all.  Consider how we use our time in the choices we make in viewing television, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or reading books or magazines. Of course it is good to view wholesome entertainment or to obtain interesting information. But not everything of that sort is worth the portion of our life we give to obtain it. Some things are better, and others are best.  ("Good, Better, and Best," Ensign, pp. 104-108)