The LDS faith and the Internet: Flooding the Earth from the comfort of home

By Loren Brewer

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

"In addition to official church websites, unofficial websites sharing positive information about the church are spreading across the Web. Individuals are using blogs to share their values, and gospel messages are making appearances on social networking sites. In short, because of how members are using it, the Internet is bringing people to the full-time missionaries rather than driving them away."

With an Internet connection, any member of the church can help to correct misinformation, break down barriers and spread the gospel.

President Uchtdorf said in the April 2011 general conference, "Sharing the good news of the gospel is easier and the effects more far-reaching than ever before. ... Perhaps the Lord’s encouragement to ‘open (your) mouths’ might today include ‘use your hands’ to blog and text message the gospel to all the world!”

Imagine if all the members of the church decided to write their testimonies down or to shoot a quick video sharing how the gospel has blessed them, and then shared the testimonies and videos. President Uchtdorf said, "Sometimes a single phrase of testimony can set events in motion that affect someone’s life for eternity."

Our testimonies can and do reach people around the world, and the best part is, we don't even have to leave the living room. One blog post written in the comfort of home can be seen by anyone in the world. If millions of Latter-day Saints were writing and sharing over social media, it wouldn't take long for the gospel to "flood the earth."

But this won't happen if we just sit there, dreaming of a brighter future. LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson said in the broadcast, "Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion."

Every member of the church can contribute. President Uchtdorf said, "There is a way for everyone ... to participate in this great work. We can each find a way to use our own particular talents and interests in support of the great work of filling the world with light and truth."

As we embrace the call to serve online, we will see miracles. Faithful service can change the world.

"Surely there could not be a more exciting time to be involved in the Lord’s work," Elder Perry said. "In a world where we can so easily share our testimonies, the kingdom of God will surely spread, like the stone in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, until it fills the whole world."

Loren Brewer is a soon-to-be graduate from Utah State University in comparative politics and broadcast journalism. His email is loren.c.brewer@gmail.com.

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