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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Active Online: Digital Activities that Help the Church -- Introduction

This is a series on digital activities that can help the Church.

Part 1: Sharing Existing Content
Part 2: Creating Your Own Content
Part 3: Miscellaneous Tasks

In 2007, Elder M. Russell Ballard gave his classic talk ordering  us all online:
Now, may I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet to share the gospel and to explain in simple and clear terms the message of the Restoration. Most of you already know that if you have access to the Internet you can start a blog in minutes and begin sharing what you know to be true. You can download videos from Church and other appropriate sites, including newsroom.lds.org, and send them to your friends. You can write to media sites on the Internet that report on the Church and voice your views as to the accuracy of the reports. This, of course, requires that you understand the basic principles of the gospel. It is essential that you are able to offer a clear and correct witness of gospel truths. It is also important that you and the people to whom you testify understand that you do not speak for the Church as a whole. You speak as one member—but you testify of the truths you have come to know.
 In 2011, Elder Dieter F. Uctdorf backed him up with additional statements including:
With so many social media resources and a multitude of more or less useful gadgets at our disposal, sharing the good news of the gospel is easier and the effects more far-reaching than ever before.
Keep the following web site and statement in mind in your digital activities:
As you share online, focus on fruitful relationships that bring you closer to Jesus Christ. Anything unfruitful and unfulfilling—anything that drives away the Spirit—should be avoided. As you build and nurture relationships with friends using online tools, the gospel will spread naturally, allowing you to “fish where the fish are.” Satan can trick us into squandering those relationships and wasting our time on the web with things not conducive to the Spirit.

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