Friday, May 27, 2011

Online Missionary Work

(Note: The following post was written by Alexander Barton, a full-time missionary serving in the Tennessee Nashville Mission.)

I've been called to labor in the Tennessee Nashville Mission, but I'm touching the lives of people in faraway places like Australia, China, Germany, the Philippines, Russia and Spain.
How? Because I'm engaged in online missionary work as part of a pilot program introduced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I use tools like Facebook and Blogger to broadcast the joyful message of the restored gospel.

Though the online environment is different in many ways from standard missionary work, the doctrines we teach are still the same. We still want others to come unto Christ through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. But instead of teaching one person at a time, the Internet allows us to share our message with thousands of people around the world.

I view this as a fulfillment, at least in part, of Joseph Smith's prophetic statement—

"The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."

Missionary work—God's work—will continue as long as there are people left who need to hear the gospel. Whether or not you are a full-time missionary, you can share our message with others. Check out my blog (and the blogs of other missionaries) for ideas. Refer your friends and families, especially nonmembers and less-active members, to our blogs. Something we say is bound to bless someone, otherwise we wouldn't be spending valuable time online.

May God bless you in your missionary efforts!

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1 comment:

Elder Steinicke said...

I really like this post. Through online missionary work we can reach the four corners of the earth.