Elder Bednar speaks on social media at BYU Education Week
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of 12 Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke at a BYU Education Week devotional on Tuesday about the use of social media by members of the church and the church’s organizations — and he invited members to use such media in a big way.
Elder Bednar touched on the church’s recent social media efforts, including the #BecauseOfHim video and the #iPrayWhen hashtag.
The church also unveiled the trailer for a new movie, ‘Meet the Mormons' at the devotional, which will be broadcast from the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The move fit with an announcement on meetthemormons.com that said a trailer would be posted Aug. 19.
The film was originally scheduled to be viewable exclusively in Salt Lake City’s Legacy Theatre — but it will now be released in several media outlets, including select theaters in the United States and on Internet and social media channels.
Elder Bednar gave several things we should do to be wise in our use of social media to spread the gospel:
1. Be authentic and consistent. “Anonymity on the Internet is not a license to be inauthentic.”
2. Seek to edify and uplift, rather than argue, debate, condemn or belittle.
3. Respect the intellectual property of other people and organizations. The church has a vast media library on lds.org, which members can use in their social sharing of the gospel.
4. Be wise and vigilant in protecting yourself and those you love. “Anything you say in a social media channel will live forever, even if the app or program says otherwise.”
"Communicating gospel messages through social media is a good beginning. But only a small trickle," Elder Bednar said. But then he challenged members everywhere to transform that trickle into a strong flood.
"Each of us can contribute consistently to the growing flood of truth and righteousness," he added. "May our many small and individual efforts produce a steady stream of righteousness … that ultimate becomes a flood that sweeps the earth."
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