In the recent New Era article, Elder Bednar speaks on how we can recognize and overcome fear of missing out, popularly referred to as FOMO. Here is his counsel:

“Much has been said about how ‘fear of missing out’—or FOMO as it is often referred to—can make it difficult for us to appreciate our current circumstances and environments. This is especially true as people tend to share only the best parts of their family lives and careers with us on social media. I invite you to embrace what the Lord has blessed you with and to act in faith.

Do not take counsel from your fears.

“To not take counsel from our fears simply means that we do not permit fear and uncertainty to determine our course in life, to affect negatively our attitudes and behavior, to influence improperly our important decisions, or to divert or distract us from all in this world that is virtuous, lovely, or of good report.

“To not take counsel from our fears means that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ overrules our fears and that we press forward with a steadfastness in Him.

“To not take counsel from our fears means that we trust in God’s guidance, assurance, and timing in our lives.

“I promise each of us can and will be blessed with direction, protection, and lasting joy as we learn to not take counsel from our fears.”

Read the full article in the New Era at