Book review: 'The Virtual Missionary' shares how to speak of Christ in the digital world

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  • Richman ,
    Jan. 8, 2018 9:47 p.m.

    This is a great book about how to use social media to share your testimony online. It has personal examples and easy explanations of how to share simple things about the gospel that are important to you. I highly recommend it.

  • CMTM , 00
    Jan. 2, 2018 9:30 a.m.

    RE: Gildas “We surely should use every means at our disposal to spread the word.” True,
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word(Jesus) was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.…(John 1:1-3)

    @The Gospel of John is a good start .

    Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6)

    For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 )
    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them. (John 3:36

    In John 8:58, “(Jesus)”.., before Abraham was, I am.” The Jews clearly understood Jesus to be calling Himself God because they took up stones to stone Him for committing blasphemy in equating Himself with God. ”

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Jan. 2, 2018 8:30 a.m.

    Not read the book before but internet is a great way to present your testimony to the whole world or as many as you can reach. Possibilities are great.

    In tracting you offer your testimony to everyone, regardless of whether they are "ready" or not and that is all right; it is the way the Church was built up. They didn't have the internet and, if they had, they would have used it I am pretty sure. It has some great advantages.

    In places like this where nobody is home, everyone is at work or school, and people appear once in a long while to clean a driveway of snow or to cut grass or tend plants, and people are working night and day and we don't know if they are on night shift, day shift or swing shift, and often get very little chance to talk to neighbors. We've been here for over ten years and haven't met half of the neighbors even once. Then there's social media, which millions check every day.

    We surely should use every means at our disposal to spread the word. As in tracting seeds are planted or sheaves gathered. "Leave no stone unturned" is a saying I haven't heard for a years, but it just came into my mind.

  • ssev Maple Grove, MN
    Jan. 2, 2018 7:31 a.m.

    "'The Virtual Missionary: The Power of Your Digital Testimony' ... sets out the steps necessary for the average Latter-day Saint to begin to serve the Lord as a virtual missionary."

    The concern I have with an app that allows one to bear one's testimony of the Restored Gospel and to testify of the truths therein is that it has the potential to disregard the Prophet Joseph Smith's concern about trying to preach to others one's religion:

    "[A]llow all men the ... privilege [to] worship how, where, or what they may."

    I believe we do a disservice to humankind when we preach our doctrine to others who have a different point of view than we do.

  • ldsironrodder Mt Vernon, OH
    Jan. 1, 2018 12:41 p.m.

    I have purchased and read this book. I have been following Greg Trimble for several moths now. I was very impressed with the valuable information Greg included in the book and am trying to accomplish similar efforts even though I am 70 + and, for the most part, computer illiterate. I was also very impressed with the comment by TDorsey - Cornelius, OR who has had incredible success on FaceBook. Hopefully, I will be able to reach others of my generation who may be closer to the veil than some of our younger brothers and sisters.

    I love this work of representing our Savior Jesus Christ and even though I currently have physical limitations, I can spend time on this contraption striving to be a Virtual Missionary. I have also found Indexing to be very rewarding and, all things considered, these kinds of things add to my Testimony that our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ love us all collectively and individually beyond our mortal comprehension. I also find the Holly Ghost is speaking to my spirit with more and more understanding each time I follow His Prophet and those who serve with him.

  • TDorsey Cornelius, OR
    Jan. 1, 2018 8:45 a.m.

    I was completely overwhelmingly impressed by the very first blog post I read from Greg. It was just over 2 years ago, I don't remember the title but it really struck a cord in me. This was right at the same time when Elder Bednar gave us the charge to 'flood the Earth." I was inspired! I wanted to be a part of this "on-line/virtual" missionary movement to spread the word of the restored gospel. I decided to start a facebook page dedicated to the restored gospel. "LDS Standing United" now has over 167,000 followers and growing at over 1000 a week with a weekly reach of over 1.5 million. Needless to say, the Lord has blessed my efforts. I never had the opportunity to serve a mission because I didn't join the church until my married 20's but my "virtual" missionary work will suffice until retirement and my wife and I can serve together.
    Thank you so much Greg for planting the seed.

  • Greg Trimble Riverside, CA
    Dec. 31, 2017 8:16 p.m.

    Thank you so much for this write up Mike. It was wonderful and I hope it gets the word out.

  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    Dec. 31, 2017 5:22 p.m.

    Ssev posted:

    =My concern is that, in our missionary zeal, we preach to those who are not
    =interested in or who are not ready for our message. The Prophet Joseph Smith
    =made it very clear, however, that we were to treat others as they would want to
    =be treated, by allowing all men and women and children to privilege of
    =worshipping God how, where or what they may.

    Ssev, it doesn't take away a person's "privilege of worshipping God how, where or what they may," to ask them questions about their religious belief.

  • crimendelsiglo where there ain't no freaking snow, UT
    Dec. 31, 2017 4:42 p.m.

    from what i know abt GTrimbel he is a very interesting man: a writer, observant, focused on how he can be a non-intrusive missionary; an interesting approach to gospel introduction; personality - an amicable missionary, spirit and enthusiasm without push or hidden agenda; frank; down to earth; a nice guy-man who wants others to see the church thru his writing

    i receive his internet releases which are short, real experiences in different situations where he can make a statement for and abt the church; they are usually fun and interesting that any of us might experience

    not preachy, no dogma

    i bought his book, the title of which i've forgotten having passed it on to others to read - title was like "fathers who stay and fight". i've known men like that and admire them although i've not had the opportunity to be that man (a father) myself. i'm sure this new book will be creative, showing how we can be a virtual missionary: be it by example, and service, or saying i am a disciple of Jesus Christ, much like you - look, see me; we are so similar

  • Just want to know...... Northern Utah, UT
    Dec. 31, 2017 11:05 a.m.

    The Brethren have told us to spread the word ... over and over.

  • ssev Maple Grove, MN
    Dec. 31, 2017 9:21 a.m.

    "'THE VIRTUAL MISSIONARY: The Power of Your Digital Testimony,' by Greg Trimble, ... sets out the steps necessary for the average Latter-day Saint to begin to serve the Lord as a virtual missionary. ..."

    The greatest missionary in the Book of Mormon was Ammon, the son of Mosiah. With his brethren, Ammon served only by example and only testified of the gospel to those who asked to be taught.

    My concern is that, in our missionary zeal, we preach to those who are not interested in or who are not ready for our message. The Prophet Joseph Smith made it very clear, however, that we were to treat others as they would want to be treated, by allowing all men and women and children to privilege of worshipping God how, where or what they may. (See the 11th Article of Faith.)