Saturday, December 4, 2010

Missionaries on Facebook?!

One of the greatest tools of our world today must surely be the world wide web.  We have at our disposal almost limitless access to a multitude of information.  What a fantastic blessing!  But one thing we learn from the scriptures is the there must be opposition in all things. In the words of Jeffery R. Holland, "Tragically, the same computer and Internet service that allows me to do my family history and prepare those names for temple work could...allow my children or grandchildren access to a global cesspool of perceptions that could blast a crater in their brains forever."  We quickly become well aware that the internet is used for all kinds of evil.  How wise for the Church, and for us as its members, to do our best to use it for good.  To use opposition to our advantage. 

And thus we find ourselves as missionaries, using diverse means such as facebook, blogging, and chatting, to spread the good news of the Gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.  Here we are able to reach people in a way previously unthought of--in people's homes, inviting them to come unto Christ, but without our physical presence.  The jaws of our predecessors a century ago would drop!

In Connecticut I split my time between "regular" proselyting, online proselyting, and various other responsibilities.  What a blessing to be active in such an innovative new aspect of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  And how convenient that both missionaries and members alike can provide almost an equal effort in these new approaches. 

Our mission is to preach the Gospel.  “After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel.” -Joseph Smith.   May we all diligently seek every new way that we can bless the lives of our friends, families, neighbors, and people all around the world.  Online missionary work is but one of those ways.  Go and do.

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