Elder Ballard becomes first LDS apostle to tweet

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  • UT Brit London, England
    May 8, 2014 12:18 a.m.


    This is precious. As a member of the church, the desert news has consistently denied my comments about some of the doctrines and history of the church. All my posts followed the commenting rules exactly. You ask us to clear up falsehoods on other news sites, the church won't let you do that here.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    May 7, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    Morpunkt, 1.9 Standard Deviations,

    I've noticed that as well. You would think only 30% of Utahns are against SSM by reading the comments on the DN website. I also noticed over half of the commenters were from out of state.

    It is a cool thing that our leaders, who are not young sprouts, are not afraid to jump in to the newest forms of communication.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 7, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    @1.9 Standard Deviations
    Yes. Precisely. This most often occurs with the issue of gay marriage and SSA. I have noticed that too.

  • Noam Provo, UT
    May 7, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    Wonderful example. Truly an inspired and inspiring leader! Full of love and reverence for these marvelous brethren!

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    May 7, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    Social Media is a waste of time. It can be useful in certain situations but that's just assuming that you have a lot of followers who can see it all. Too often too much time is devoted to it and that's why it's a big waste. And for the record I work for a company that helps small businesses leverage social media. It's just not worth the time for personal users.

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    May 7, 2014 10:29 a.m.


    There are individuals and ministries that are dedicated to tearing down the church on the discussion boards of various news sites. They setup Google alerts to get a more broad view of what news sites mention the church, and then they pounce on those discussion boards.

    Even here on DN, LDS church antagonists frequently come here just to ruffle feathers. Ex-mormons also collude on ex-mormon sites to come here occasionally to post items contrary to the church and its positions. With their numbers, they "like" the posts contrary to the church so they have the appearance of being more popular. Sometimes, they even use their various login names to have the appearance of different people posting but it is the same person.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 7, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    I agree with Elder Ballard. Additionally, missionary-minded LDS need to sign up on the comment blog sections of the major news sites, in order to correct false information spread by misinformed and lying bloggers. It is way out of control out there. It is sorely needed in that arena, as well and not just your Twitter- type sites. We need to have readers scanning your CNNs, Fox News's, Yahoos, etc, for any headliners that mention the "Mormons", "LDS", "Utah", etc, and investigate the comments section to find the misinformed. Correct them with kindness and don't lose your cool. Go for it missionaries!

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    May 7, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    One tweet and he has nearly 10,000 followers. How fun. It will be great to read what he says.
    And Roddin, I'm older and have 3300 followers. It's fun and can be educational.

    May 7, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    Very impressive. I am more than 20 years younger than Elder Ballard but I've not yet tweeted.

  • vangroovin West Jordan, UT
    May 6, 2014 2:26 p.m.

    I love Elder Ballard. He is a wise leader with sound counsel.