Joseph Smith, the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is quoted as having said, “A man who is full of the love of God is not content with blessing his family only, but thinks about all of the people in the world, anxious to bless the whole human race.” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 4, pg. 227.) The prophet also taught, “After all that has been said, our greatest and most important duty is to preach the gospel.” (Joseph Smith, TPJS, pg. 113.)
The most viable way that members of The Church of Jesus Christ can effectively bless the lives of all humanity is by preaching the gospel, not only in word, but also in deed. Some may feel that the responsibility of preaching the gospel rests only with full-time proselyting missionaries, but the truth is that every Latter-day Saint has a significant part to play, and can indeed be a blessing to all of humanity through the giving of the time, talents, and abilities of which they have been blessed. Some may also feel that what they have to offer is not good enough or is insignificant. Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed that concern and exhorted,
Cultivate the light you have within you, and it will shine through as a radiant expression that will be seen by others.
You need never feel inferior. You need never feel that you were born without talents or without opportunities to give them expression. Cultivate whatever talents you have, and they will grow and refine and become an expression of your true self appreciated by others (from The Light within You, Ensign, May 1995).
Mormon.org–a newly redesigned site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons, LDS) has launched today!
A rich, lucid venue through which thousands of voices of genuine, everyday Mormons join the online conversation, Mormon.org address questions often asked by friends of other faiths. Responses are individualized, submitted by authentic faithful members of the Church. They appear in brief snippets or a few paragraphs of thoughtful reflections and personal witnesses of doctrinal beliefs, with accompanying personal photos. This personal outreach by unofficial voices is matched with some official responses to questions by the Church leaders. The blend and diversity of profiling and messaging is intended to open up genuine dialog and communication with online seekers and curious onlookers–you can “meet the Mormons” over the virtual fence. An initial group of 2,000 have not only already posted profiles visible to the public, but have added explanations of their beliefs and shared glimpses into their own applied faith and lives.
The site offers live chat options and frequently-asked questions, selectable even by gender, age, and location. So friends of other faiths can narrow down their communiques to those in their own socially relevant or preferred demographic.
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Learn more about the launching of the new mormon.org site at the Mormon news Official website for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Inadvertently called by friends of other faiths, the “Mormon Church”)Read More
Meridian Magazine recently published an article How I use Facebook to Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ by our own VP of Technology, Heather Newall. With the emergence of more and more official LDS Church websites, accounts and channels on many social networks, more and more people are choosing to participate in sharing their beliefs online. With the surge of more and more members being active in Internet discussions and communities there needs to be an importance placed on being safe and being sensitive.
One point that was emphasized in the article is that just because the Internet allows us the opportunity to fail, to sin, or to destroy our lives, doesn’t mean we now have an excuse to do so. I like the imagery used to present this concept: “I’m not afraid of climbing the mountain, just because there are drops along the way. I know that just because I can fall, doesn’t give me the excuse to jump.”
It is valuable to note the number of ways you can share the gospel through Facebook. By becoming a “Fan” of all of the Church’s Facebook pages, you have access to many uplifting stories and videos that you can then share on your Facebook page. This allows you to reach out to your friends and family who can benefit from such messages. Another way you can share Gospel related items through Facebook is adding The LDS App, which allows you to share your testimony, gospel images, your mission experience, and the temple you were married in.
To receive updates from the Church’s official pages, visit the page in Facebook and click the button that says “Become a Fan.” The messages that are posted on this page will then come through your news feed.
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The More Good Foundation, as you know, is working to provide honest seekers with correct information and accurate perceptions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members. We have found that many of the public at large equate us either with the Amish, or with the polygamous groups that have recently been in the news. In spite of the rise to stardom of many LDS people (David Archuleta, Chelsie Hightower, etc.) and the general knowledge that they are Mormon, people still aren’t figuring out who we are. Because of this, we desire to add additional images to all the articles on all of our sites to show Mormons in action, going about our daily routines, jobs, church work, recreation, and milestone events.
This is a request that you will network with your own friends, even forward this message, so that we may gather in some great photos. We need the images in jpg format, and you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. These can be pics of your own family, weddings, missionaries, humanitarian aid projects, groups of kids playing at games or sports, family home evenings, proms, seminary/institute gatherings, reunions, anything at all that shows who we are and how we look. If you send us a picture, that means we have your permission to use it. Please include any info identifying the scene–”Joe and Lizzie Sikes upon their marriage at the Provo Temple, 4/08.” We will upload images without identifying individuals, with generic captions such as “Mormon family temple wedding,” or with first names only, so let us know your preference. If you have images of Saints in other countries, we would also be very interested in using those permissible as well.
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Are you a Mormon blogger? If you are an LDS blogger, then please join our aggregate, Mormonbloggers.com. Your posts will flow through our homepage with links directed back to your own blog. The more we share who we are with the world–the more we can illuminate the truth about our lifestyles, the power of the gospel as resource in time of struggle and pain as well as in times of greatest joy, our commitment to the Savior–the less people will be finding second and third-hand information that may tell a different and often a false or vitriol story about who we really are, and what we believe.
Mormonbloggers: Here’s a place where you can join the fray, have a say, while sharing your faith-infused lives globally online. If you don’t have a blog, if the word scares you and you think, “I can’t do <em>that</em>,” think again. If you visit Mormonbloggers.com, click on Start a Blog, you will be led to a site where you can follow a few easy steps and be up and running in minutes, as long as you can read and type. Then, to learn how to continue to upload content and add things to your blog, there are helpful screencasts for those sites. Email us if you need help. Join the conversation, as Elder Ballard, apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has asked us to do. Your voice can change someone’s life. I testify of that.