Why LDS Church's President Monson and Mormon apostles are now on Facebook, Google+

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  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 6:10 a.m.

    The negativity in these comments is shocking. What is wrong with the possibility of a Church president writing someone back?

    How is it that we have become so critical? Do we just think that because we are one person we cannot ask a legitimate question and be able to have the President of the Church answer it every now and then?

    Do we delight in putting down people's hopes and ideas? Do we have to be so destructive of others to build ourselves up?

    Out of 18 comments I have read here (not including either of mine), I would say that less than 1 out of 4 are relevant or well thought-out. The rest are irrelevant or negative.

    What happened to being supportive of the good efforts people and churches make? Where did we become so unfeeling and cruel as a society towards religious leaders and people in authority? Where did we become this way towards one another?

    I pray that we can find the strength to do the right thing and love others as Jesus loved us.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    RE: Twin Lights, Paul likely spoke it (Greek). True,
    Paul “I will Destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prude”(1 Cor 1:19 KJV). He quotes from the Greek Septuagint Is 29:14.

    Where, God denounces the policy of the Wise in Judah seeking an alliance with Egypt against Assyria. Fulfilled ultimately the Jews reject Jesus., Not the BoM. I.e..

    A Marvelous Work and Wonder, a Modern Translation. Therefore I will take awesome vengeance on these hypocrites, and make their wisest counselors as fools. (Is 29:14 LB.

    @Christ almost certainly never spoke (Greek). True, Christ is a title(not his second name) from the Hebrew “Mashiach’ or “Anointed one” which is translated into the Greek “Christos” later anglicized to Christ.

    RE: kvnsmnsn. (Mt 28:19 NIV) “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations=(ethnic, black or white) baptizing them in the NAME of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. The Trinity, there are three persons, but one name, one God . See Heb 11:3,Greek N.T. Hypostasis( same substance).

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    Eh, people don't need to like all the pages. I imagine most will just play favorites (like how President Uchtdorf was always one of my favorites in general conference). I wouldn't put much stock in these pages anyway since they'll primarily be run by other people but eh, probably better to have the church be in charge of pages rather than the possibility of others making pages.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    Twin Lights,
    I didn't destroy a printing press, nor did my brother. So I don't know why our punishment would be death by mobbing.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Aug. 27, 2013 3:03 p.m.


    Thanks. But we were not talking about monotheism but Facebook and media.

    We have had the discussion before about Christianity pre-Nicaea. I think Christ is quite plain about being separate from the Father. And yes, we agree that Christ and Yahweh are the same person.

    Greek may have been precise but of the apostles only Paul likely spoke it (that we know of). Christ almost certainly never spoke it.

    Good Will

    It has nothing to do with prophecy. It’s just Facebook. BTW, did Christ act as his own scribe? Paul? Most of the other writers of the NT?

    Moniker Lewinsky,

    For which the punishment is apparently death by mobbing to you and your brother.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    Twin Lights,
    If I recall, Joseph destroyed a printing press.

  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    Aug. 27, 2013 2:32 p.m.


    Based on all the arguments I get from traditional Creedal Christians, that they are monotheistic and LDS are polytheistic (implying it's blasphemous) I'd venture to say they don't think they are polytheistic in any degree.
    On the other hand,the Jews think creedal Christians are polytheistic, based on the creedal Christians belief of 3 persons in the trinity.

  • Good Will Indio, CA
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    "[F]east upon the words of the living prophets"? You mean "feast upon the words of Christ", don't you? (2 Ne. 32:3.) "[F]or behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do." Not the prophets.

    It's a subtle difference, but an important one. The leaders of the Church won't even be maintaining their own Facebook pages! How "prophetic" is that?!

    This isn't the gospel of Jesus Christ, my friends. This is a public relations gimmick and marketing flim-flam.

  • kvnsmnsn Springville, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    Sharrona posted:

    =1.The Jews, with their concept of monotheism and the Scriptures (with scores of
    =prophecies regarding the Messiah) had prepared the way. Mormonism is

    What about Christianity? Is Mormonism any more polytheistic than Christianity is?

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    I feel impressed to explain revelation and the revelatory process as taught by all the prophets from the beginning of time.

    Most of you will understand the canal and ditch irrigation system. Water starts at the top and flows down the canal, into the ditch, and down the rows. The plants at the top of the row get more water than those at the end of the row.

    This is not the revelatory model taught in any of the scriptures from the Old Testament on. Revelation is like rain which falls evenly throughout the Lord's vineyard. No one is left by the Lord at the end of the row dying of thirst.

    Prophets and apostles are in the church because the Lord's house is a house of order. The church is organized for the purposes explained in Ephesians 4:11-16.

    Nonetheless, even Peter did not get his testimony of the Lord through a church, but by personal revelation. See Matthew 16:15-17.

    I suggest reading " Two Lines of Communication" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which is found in the November 2010 Ensign or Liahona.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    RE: Twin Lights, Paul wrote letters. True,

    Paul ,“But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his son, “born of a woman”( unique, miracle) born under the law” (4:4). For centuries this time had been in preparation and various societal elements had contributed to it.

    1.The Jews, with their concept of monotheism and the Scriptures (with scores of prophecies regarding the Messiah) had prepared the way. Mormonism is Polytheistic.(Tri-theism).

    2.The *Greeks had provided a language that was the most precise instrument for the conveyance of human thought the world had ever known.

    i.e, John 8: 58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!(Ego Eimi)” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
    The Jews understood that in the *Greek language, Jesus had made himself equal to God, and tried to stone him.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    I am active LDS, am fully supportive of the Brethren, and support the use of modern technology to spread The Gospel, BUT....

    Something about this whole article seems SO "manufactured" or "plastic-ky" to me; the way these spokespersons manipulate how people should think, and carefully structure or parse their words to try to convince us of their intent and vision. This is exactly what "TURNS OFF" so many people to the church! See examples, below, lifted directly from the article:

    Starting with the headline, itself: "Why President Monson and Mormon Apostles are now on Facebook..." (seems almost apologetic in tone)

    "..simplified online reputation management.."

    "The social media pages will be maintained on behalf of church leaders..."

    "...people should not necessarily expect that the Brethren are regularly visiting these pages...but it is also not an impossibility..."

    "..most of the content on there is not unique — it is being shared from other official Church social media properties and websites..."

    "Our real hope is that these pages will help people to dive in and truly feast upon the words of the living prophets..."

    "Don't forget the powerful missionary tool that these pages can be..."

  • RunMom Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    I really like the idea of the social media use, and I understand the reasoning. But, I sure would have preferred that they had created just ONE Facebook page for "LDS Prophets and Apostles" instead of 13 separate pages for each individual. It's overkill and unmanageable. It also means that when one dies they will be creating a new page for the successor and unless they delete the deceased page, eventually we could have dozens of pages!

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    Does ANYONE really think that these folks are going to be posting anything themselves? It'll all be their little workerbees work.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    To Wastintime and Brother Benjamin Franklin,
    Both of you seem to think you will be able to ask questions to of the Church president and get answers via Facebook. Ain't gonna happen. If you read the article carefully, you will see that the leaders who now have facebook pages may or may not decide to read those pages. You can't really imagine that any of them have time to answer questions from millions of Facebook fans. In fact, the leaders have asked for years that we take questions to our local leaders, and only if local leaders remain stumped, they will pass them on to general authorities.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Aug. 27, 2013 6:59 a.m.

    Paul wrote letters. Joseph published on printing presses. Then came radio and TV. The modern church uses the internet. And 50 years from now it will be something else.

    It is the message not the medium that matters (apologies to Marshall McLuhan).

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 2:31 a.m.

    I appreciate the Church's efforts to reach out and make the leaders more accessible through these pages. Being able to personally contact the leaders directly regarding feedback, complaints, and doctrinal questions will be extremely helpful.

    I am not sure how much this will do in terms of the Church's openness and transparency in regards to the questions people like me have, but I don't think it will hurt.

    So while I am disappointed in some ways that the pages are not more comprehensive and detailed, I am pleased that the Church is finally catching up with the times and getting these things out there. It shows a willingness to acknowledge the legitimate concerns of people like myself.

    I do appreciate that.

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    Aug. 26, 2013 11:55 p.m.

    Great. I have a lot of questions to ask them on Facebook.

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    Funny, I'd say that with the internet today, that Gone are the days when the Mormon Church could get people to believe almost anything they wanted. The past is all online now. That's the real reason they're online now!

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    I really like the fact that the LDS Church is using social media and has really created terrific websites to familiarize the public with the church. Gone are the days when anti-mormons could get people to believe almost anything they wanted.