Friday, December 31, 2010

Elder Merrill: Online Missionary

I have never been very tech savvy but I do know how to use a computer. Before coming on a mission I knew that my ties in the cyber-world would be cut off, things such as facebook and other social networks. After I had been on my mission for about 16 months our mission was selected to do a pilot program which would include missionaries using Facebook and writing blogs. I didn't really know what to think of it at first but I was definitely pretty excited.

I was serving on the campus of Michigan State University at the time we started the project which turned out to be a pretty big blessing. It seems like in today's world sometimes the best way to keep in contact with people is over the Internet especially with students going to a university. Working with college students it provided a pretty easy way to stay in touch we those we were teaching. Things seemed to get off to a good start and it was going really well and continues to today.
Working online can definitely be an interesting experience. Setting up a Facebook was no problem for me but the blog was a little different. Luckily I was able to figure it out after a little while and started to get a few followers. I am still looking for ways to make my blog better since I have never really been into blogging much before. It has been cool to be able to post links to videos and other inspirational websites. It has been a good experience so far and I look forward to being able to continue working online in the future. In today's technology based world it is a cool way to share the gospel with those in this area of the world.

Elder Tyler Merrill

Michigan Lansing Mission

Check out my blog:  A Mormon Missionary's Tale

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