How to Use Pokemon Go to Live the Gospel
It’s a special time in our dispensation to have access to technology that enables us to share the gospel and connect ourselves with family and loved ones, both living and dead.
Obviously I’m talking about Pokemon Go.
Here are a few ways you can use this remarkable new technology like a seer stone to live the gospel and enhance your worship
Family Home Evening
Family…isn’t it about…time…to play Pokemon together? Of course it is! Especially when no one is at work in the middle of the night. You can join or create a family team, go on family walks, and plan a “Pokemon Go FHE,” because there’s no time like the present to capitalize on the isolating nature of smart phone screens and embrace that for the sake of doing something together as a family! Strap on that baby carrier and hop to it! If you don’t see each other, it’s simply because you aren’t looking through your phone camera at your loved ones to see if there are any monsters next to them. Remember, the family that plays (Pokemon Go) together, stays together.
Playing Pokemon Go in a cemetery is a great way perhaps to stumble upon a grave or headstone of one of your ancestors—or, if you live in Utah, a headstone of past church leaders and notable members. As you gaze at the world through the screen of your handheld device, you might see your surname on a tombstone, and that might take you down a path to find clues to discover more Pokemon monsters. And maybe even more of your progenitors. You might want to take with you some charcoal and paper for rubbing the grave markers for your records, but definitely don’t forget to bring plenty of Pokemon balls (available as an in-app purchase). Cemeteries are crazy hot spots for catching them all!
Your body is a temple, that’s doctrine. It’s important to move our bodies more than once a week at church while singing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” Use Pokemon Go to help take care of your bodies by following the blowing of the leaves to the places where the monsters be. This is especially useful if you are in a rush, or playing competitively on a team. You need speed to catch ’em all, so when there’s a clearing in the middle of the street, or random field you find yourself in at 3:00 AM, make a run for it, and sprint as fast as you can, using your screen (and the spirit!) as your vision to guide you safely. Your body will thank you, and you’ll be supercharged to receive revelation.
Home Teaching/Visit Teaching
While you’re bound to be out and about already, you may as well stop by the houses of those you home teach…to see if there are any Pokemon to catch there. Maybe one of them is a Pokemon Gym! Since you’re already there, let them know you care about them. And don’t forget to ask them if they need help with anything. They won’t actually tell you, so you don’t have to worry about it eating into your Pokemon time, but it is the nice/right thing to do.
Stand in Holy Places
Follow the prophetic council to stand in holy places and get thee to the temple or to your local ward house. Did you know that Pokemon is sending folks to church! Oh yes! Since they’re already there, you can use that opportunity to grow the kingdom! Don’t forget to invite them to come back to hunt Pokemon with you and take the sacrament on Sunday. Maybe they can even join your team and get baptized on the same day! Also, it pays to stand in holy places, because while you hunt Pokemon all around churches and temples, chances are good it’s a PokéStop! #EveryMemberaPokemonHunterofSouls (Please use this hashtag instead of #ShareGoodness.)
Pokemon Go is all about going outside. Luckily, that’s where a lot of service projects happen. Outside! Besides, what else are you going to be doing with your weekend? You know there are just dozens of Pokemon to find while planting flowers at your local temple or church building, but I’d be willing to bet even yard work at church history sites with your youth group would be teaming with beasts to catch. And there’s bound to be a few while tearing down that disgusting, overgrown ivy for the old widow in the ward. Service and Pokemon. They complete each other. Can you see the potential here? Just imagine Elders Quorums actually showing up to help people move!!
There’s no better training for the mission than to go literally door to door hunting Pokemon. You’ll want to bring some pass along cards with you to share with neighbors and strangers whose houses you visit. Especially if you think they’d make a great addition to your team. Make sure to write your team and user name on the card, just don’t write over the missionary contact info because that would defeat the secondary, accidental purpose of missionary work! You’re head will hit the pillow at night with the satisfying exhaustion of doing all you could to share the good news…of Pokemon (and of the Restoration, maybe).
These are just a handful of tips and ideas on how to incorporate Pokemon into your daily gospel living. What other ways do you see Pokemon Go enhancing your worship? The possibilities are endless! Go and do, be fruitful, and catch ’em all!