My wife and I have built up a DVD collection of movies and TV series (about 240) that we feel are appropriate for all ages, and which we feel would be appropriate to show at a Church social function. Every once in a while we go through the list, and tag some of them as “on the edge”, and decide to get rid of them. Our criteria for judging don’t just include nudity, swearing and violence, but also the usefulness of the movie/series. We don’t believe in entertainment for its own sake, but believe that it should always be instructional, uplifting or inspirational as well as fun.
About 4 months ago we decided to stop watching TV altogether. We evaluated the types of “good” programs that were available on the TV, and realised that we could get equal or better quality programs from our own collection or from the Internet, without being bombarded with the thick treacle of worldliness that oozes from national TV. Since we have made this decision, we have found it much easier to study our scriptures, read good books (recently finished “Faith precedes the Miracle” by Spencer Kimball), listen to the Mormon Channel, exercise our talents (music, cooking, gardening, writing, sport) and participate in a host of other activities that were simply not available to us before, because of the huge chunk of daily time we allowed TV to steal from us.
This shifting of priorities has made a massive impact on our spirituality. We find it easier to ponder about the simple doctrines such as faith, repentance, charity etc. We find it easier to pray, to discern the answers to our prayers, and we have noticed a difference in the “atmosphere” in our home. It’s easier to relax and to communicate with each other. I don’t think I can even begin to describe all the benefits we have seen from getting rid of our television (we watch our programs on the computer now, although we do so very rarely, less than once a week). To me, this is a great way to better “lay hold upon every good thing” (Moroni 7:16-22).