I predict a lot of unfriending going on.
We in The Church of Jesus Christ (WHQ: Monongahela, Pennsylvania) water the
earth with the true restored gospel message using only drip irrigation as the
modern Israeli farmers do.
Wasn't that to be done by the great numbers of LDS missionaries throughout
It's wonderful to share the Gospel message in any way we can but the
current use of social media by the world in general is purely a waste of time.
It's a fine line for an LDS person to walk in using social media but not
wasting time, and we're currently wasting way too much of our time. And I
work for a company that relies heavily on social media...
While some people will find offense at any kind of religious message, most
people will find genuine, uplifting, and personal messages as something good.I would certainly enjoy reading a message from a good friend who is not
a member of my church that explains how their faith has enriched their life. But
if every message was laced with a bunch of quotes and cut-and-paste messages
from their church magazines, it would probably be a turn-off within a short
time.Just like email which can be a great way to communicate with
lots of people, social media can be a blessing or a curse. No one wants to be
SPAMMED by tons of messages from people they barely know. We need better data
filtering mechanisms to sift the wheat from the chaff.
I watched this live this morning. It was an outstanding presentation with video
clips. I recommend it anyone and especially to those who might offer comment on
>>Wasn't that to be done by the great numbers of LDS missionaries
throughout the world?Sharing the gospel has always been the
responsibility of all members of the church, not just the missionaries.
Knocking on doors is a tiny fraction of 1% effective for missionaries. It simply
doesn't work when considering the cost and man hours.Social media is
only going to make the believers proud, the doubters embarrassed and the
non-members shake their heads with wonder.The message doesn't come
close to making sense for most people who weren't raised in it and makes
sense for less than half of those who were raised in it.What did Einstein
call it when people do the same thing over and over then expect different
Please remove me from the list
Religious folks seem to have mixed feelings about gospel messages. They know
it’s their sacred duty to share their own beliefs but can barely tolerate
hearing someone else’s.
As Elder Bednar stated: "The Lord is hastening his work." At the same
time Satan is also hastening his work because he knows that the time is nigh
when the Savior will return. This is not a catch phrase or anything like that.
The truthfulness of the Gospel must be spread through out the world by all of
the Lord's people. Those that have covenanted with him to preach the
Gospel truth to all the world in his Holy House are responsible. As President
McKay so well put it, "Every member a missionary!!". It is time for
members and missionaries to unite together to press forward with the GOOD NEWS
of the restoration of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. We given our
solemn promise that we would do so. We are millions upon millions strong and if
we work together with the missionaries we will flood the earth as prophesized by
ancient and modern prophets. Once this flood begins no unhallowed hand will be
able to stop it as it will indeed cover the entire earth. It will fill the
earth so that no one can say they didn't hear it.
Ernest,This is a clear example of NOT doing the same thing over and
over.And I'm not even Mormon - but apparently you didn't
understand the article.
>>Social media is only going to make the believers proud, the doubters
embarrassed and the non-members shake their heads with wonder.I
think the statistics that Elder Bednar shared on the Church's social
outreach programs don't support those conclusions; and thus far, the Church
is seems to be trying to use these new tools to help non-members see what we
have in common with other Christian faiths, instead of highlighting the
differences. For example, the "Because of Him" video the Church released
at Easter was a message that any believing Christian could appreciate; and the
Church's Bible videos series is equally non-denominational, as it's
based strictly on the text of the King James Bible. That's the key to
making it a useful tool, I think.
I don't mind the occasional testimony or gospel related link from my
facebook friends, but if it get any more pervasive it will start having the
opposite effect. An occasional strong testimony is, well strong, being spammed
with dozens of them on facebook has the opposite effect, almost removing the
power or strength of the message.
For me this feels like an invitation to think differently about social media and
be an influence for good in the world. I love what he said about being
authentic. Not about preaching, not about confrontation with people who think or
believe differently. Just an invitation to be honest people sharing the good we
see in the world.
Craig Clark,Not true, at least for myself and in my experience. At
least with myself and fellow members of the LDS Church that I know. Yes, we
believe it is important to share what we believe to be the true Gospel message.
But we generally also are welcome to hearing from others what they believe. I
personally greatly enjoy hearing, and respecting, the beliefs, or lack thereof,
of all others.
If they real friends, then they shall not 'unfriend' you, they will
have respect for what you stand for and what you believe, and even if they are
only 'acquaintances', they will still, at least respect you and your
beliefs. I know a number of LDS people who, tho they do not share my beliefs,
still respect me because I stand up for what I do believe, just as I them,for
the Lord gave us all free agency, to choose as we see fit. Although we all
make mistakes, and there are consequences for bad choices, the Lord still loves
us, just as we should with others who not of our faith. They are still
God's children, and as such, we should still treat them with kindness.
I understand trying to share your beliefs because it is something that you feel
is right. It goes to far when people don't get the hint. I finally had to
get pretty blunt with my neighbors because I am not interested and I felt like
they had the full court press on especially when the Ogden temple opened up. Now
everything is really awkward. Why can't LDS be friend just to be friends?
If someone wants to find out more about the religion I'm sure they will
ask. It is really frustrating.
Chris: Actually it IS doing the same thing over and over. Social media is the TV
ads of 20 years ago. It is attempting a slightly different type of knocking on
doors. It is what Einstein spoke of.
As far as Satan hastening his work, you only have to look around at the world to
understand the elevation of his devastation. He is using the media as well as
all of the electronic devices available, to entice people to be the worst kind
of human. Why shouldn't the Mormons preach peace and the love Heavenly
Father has for them? They are preaching the truth; he is advocating total
discord and destruction.Keep up the good work...let the detractors,
Elder Bednar said nothing about harassing or inflicting guilt, etc. Most of the
people I know can't communicate without some sort of social media device;
so why not use this to share our feelings. I get enough crass sharings and
postings on my face book account - many that our family filters block to begin
with. So why not spend more time posting uplifting things.And if
people choose to 'unfriend me', fine. There are so many
'friends' on my account that never directly communicate with me anyway
- they just pass along the same old things over and over again - what Einstein
would have considered insanity. It's simple. Those who don't
appreciate are free to block it. At the same time, we could stand to learn a
bit more about tact and appropriateness.
After we were first encouraged by the brethren to use Social media in spreading
the gospel, many LDS friends obediently began to sign up and use it. However, most don't use it to hasten the work, or promote spiritual
and uplifting ideas. Instead, they post pictures of food, themselves, and their
families, for others to "like". They also spend much time searching
postings to "like" pictures of others. It has caused me
to wonder if people feel a narcissistic need for the approval (liking) of others
so much that they are willing to spend hours posting pictures of themselves and
family, to be "liked". Just as TV and movies can be a
good thing or a bad thing, social media runs that same risk. It can be a
self-absorbed, time-wasting, meaningless activity or it can be a blessing to the
lives of others and ourselves. We must choose; but too many I fear are choosing
to use social media to feel "liked", rather than promote the work of the
Lord. For those who worry they may be "unfriended" by
sharing spiritual messages, I simply say: "Follow the brethren and let
others respond according to their agency."
I am totally fine with my Mormon friends and neighbors who are constantly trying
to convert me to their faith.I just wish they wouldn't get hurt
and offended when I tried to convert them to my belief system.You
can't have your cake and eat it too. If you send an army out into the world
to convert them then don't call people evil and of the devil when they try
to convert you to the belief system that makes them happy.
The Readers Digest promotions the Church had were great tools for the time in
the late 1970s. The computer accessibility for more than just data input was
great for processing the scriptures to what we have in 1978-1979. At that same
moment, Satan had his designs and has taken full advantage with his luring and
enticing.Social media can be a blessing for people all around the
world that haven't had restrictions imposed by their governments. People
have an impact with family members and even unknown friends through so many
methods today. Thinking of 49 years ago and the slow mail in foreign countries
from the USA took 3 weeks to get a letter and if responded to quickly another 3
- 4 weeks for a response, one almost forgot what was said. To be on a mission
now and have FaceTime, FaceBook, and even e-mail to communicate with family and
share one's testimony is a blessing. The missionary may not have full
access but the family can share those experiences with a boat load of others
that care about that missionary, including non-member family members.The Lord has a plan and our USA has people from all countries.
@ netsrik"I predict a lot of unfriending going on."I have shared quite a lot of stuff and not noticed people unfriending me. I
realized though that I feel a better place to do this might be through a blog.
Occasionally I share a post from my blog on Facebook.
@ Ernest T. BassNot it isn't the same thing as knocking on
doors. Sharing the gospel through social media puts the message out there for
people to read whenever it is convenient for them.In my mind it does
a number of things:1. It increases the probability that people will
even hear the message.2. It gives members a easier and less
confrontational way to share the gospel.I had some other points too
but I will just leave it at that.
I have high hopes for the future of the Church with Elder Bednar's help. An
issue with social media is that it is also the vehicle of consumerism,
self-absorption, envy, and ultimately, decreased self-esteem. I have no idea how
to change this, but I believe that it's a challenge that Elder Bednar
recognizes and wants to meet. I think that the You Tube title. "Humans Need
Not Apply" is a good starting place for a family/neighbor discussion about
rapidly evolving technologies and how we can prepare for them.
It's not so much the posting of my testimony and that of others, it's
sharing with my particular friend community, fine quality, well produced gospel
messages on my page. I have had only positive comments from non-LDS friends as
I share church videos. From this, I believe my friends "hear" and feel
my personal testimony without my being bombastic or trite.
What a great talk, Elder Bednar gave! I was trying to get "off the
grid" but, apparently, I must humble myself and get in there! The Gospel is
true and it is one of the bright spots in the Earth today!
There is no end because of Him. I've watched that video 1,247 times (or
so). Love it.
We have all complained about the blitz of "in-your-face" TV commercials,
but they continue because they work. Advertisers know the maxim of
success--primacy, recency and frequency.The Devil works 24-7, so if
we're going to have any success, we need to work like the Devil.
I just saw "God Is Not Dead" the other night and this article reminds me
a lot of the end scene, where concert-goers at a Christian rock concert were
encouraged to text "God Isn't Dead" to everyone they know.I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, the message needs to go out
to the world and we ought not to be ashamed of proclaiming our belief in Christ
and his gospel.On the other hand, I think it's more important
to be a Christian example and spread the gospel through acts of service and
genuine shows of support, friendship, and love for the people around us--people
in REAL life, off-screen. I know one is not meant to replace the other, but I
think our actions will speak louder than our tweets.
@Craig Clark:I would absolutely love to hear about how other
people's faith has enriched or strengthened them, whatever faith it is.
Instead most of what I hear, especially over the internet, are the sarcastic and
depreciating chides that cynicism and faithlessness has brought people.
The presentation by Elder Bednar was explicit in the way to use the social media
for the promotion in a personal and significant manner. One needs to read or
listen to his 45 minute point by point talk about our Heavenly Father's
plan for all His children that are on this beautiful and marvelous world He
made. Technology can be beneficial by as Elder Bednar explained it can also be
a time and energy zapper for the wrong reasons. We have to have and
use good judgement and too much of anything is not good for our mind or body.Technology is a gift for good or bad but we have the choice and it is
such a great opportunity to do that with marketing, media and experts in all
fields. Those helping this program go further and further through LDS Tech and
other groups of professional and volunteers is so beautiful to see the results.
The problem I have with this is that there will be people who take the
"flooding" aspect to heart. And that is what is going to turn people off
and unfriend. It's going to turn more people away than anything else. I
don't believe the church, but I don't hate it. Don't make me hate
The very first comment I read was "I predict a lot of unfriending going
on" Now, why is that? I have been sharing LDS messages on Facebook for a
long time and my non-Mormon friends are usually the ones who "like" them
more than the Mormons. Perhaps it depends on how you share the messages and
what you say. Personal experiences, light or funny Mormon messages are always
appreciated. Answers to prayer to problems which you want to share on social
media always make a good impression. Most people want to know God or
communicate with the Divine and an uplifting message never insults anyone.
There's a lot of mormons using social media, but we need to use it wisely.
We've seen a lot of press about mormon bloggers and activists using it, so
why not use it for good instead of carping on your own personal agenda? The rules of social engagement are being defined whether or not we
participate. It's important that LDS members of good faith be involved in
defining that through their participation. I see it all the time. When Robin
Williams killed himself, my facebook feeds were DELUGED with articles telling me
how to think about it, and that feeling betrayed or critical of him was bad.
These mass reactions are defining our culture. In the last couple decades
we've had the whole socially acceptable way to react to an assortment
proclivities that prior were completely taboo. Whether or not you
view those changes as good or bad, is inconsequential to the fact that these
changes are occurring, and if something matters to you, like the Gospel, one
must speak up to keep it from being dismissed through the lazy pop-centric way
social media works.
I think that this announcement from Elder Bednar has potential to bring so much
good change. With so many people wasting time on social media, bullying
others, and trying to create a false impression of themselves; it's nice
to see who people really are, who they want to become, and what they believe in.
I think those who take up this challenge will make an impression on
others, and help the work spread. Yes, there may be a great deal of
"unfollowing" going on. But in this world, where so many people say to
respect each others opinions, and to not judge one another, posting what you
believe in shouldn't be an exception or an excuse to "unfollow"
someone. I love the idea of this, especially when social media can
be used for the worst. And everybody can see what you post. Why not post
something that MEANS something, that can give hope, uplift, and help others. By
taking part in this, social media will not be a waste of time, and will actually
be used in the best way it can.
RE: Serenity, “Most people want to know God or communicate with the Divine
and an uplifting message never insults anyone.” "the preaching
of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it
is the power of God” (1Cor 1:18).RE: The restoration of the
gospel? Yet,the Apostles did not maintain any .O.T. pattern of
polygamy and they and the early church condemned it. Justin Martyr (c.160)
rebukes the Jews for allowing polygamy2. Irenaeus (c.180) condemns the Gnostics
for, among other things, polygamy: " 3. Tertullian (c.207) was also explicit: ".-Marriage Lawful, But Not Polygamy. E.g...,...Ephesians 6:2,3. Honor your Father and Mother”[not
mothers/polygamy],which is the first commandment(Not a suggestion) with a
promise. God distinguishes father and mother from all other persons on earth,
chooses them and sets them next to Himself, occupying the highest place in our
lives next to God..
re: greatbam22"1. It increases the probability that people will
even hear the message."Why go for quality when you can go for
quantity?"2. It gives members a easier and less confrontational
way to share the gospel."The social media/internet less
confrontational? Go to any site on the internet discussing sports, politics,
whatever. Then, get back when you want to recant your theory. I give you about
@ PendergastIf you haven't noticed there are is a constant
influx of data coming at you in today's world.There are plenty
of bad things shared through social media and I think he is suggesting we
starting filling in some of the space that is shared on the internet with the
gospel messages which help to enlighten, edify, and uplift people.Also in regards to your confrontational statement which in and of itself is
confrontational. It is a lot easier to speak your mind on the internet than it
is in a large group of people.Also I have been to plenty of sites
discussing numerous topics and I will agree that some people on there can be
confrontational but I won't agree that all of the people are that way.