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Positive Use of Social Media and Technology

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Positive Use of
Social Media

Spring Creek 20th Ward
Fifth Sunday Lesson
Sunday, August 31, 2014

What has been prophesied
over the years?
"Every discovery in science and art, that is really true and useful to mankind has been given by direct revelation from God, though but few acknowledge it. It has been given with a view to prepare the way for the ultimate triumph of truth, and the redemption of the earth from the power of sin and Satan. We should take advantage of all these great discoveries, the accumulated wisdom of ages, and give to our children the benefit of every branch of useful knowledge, to prepare them to step forward and efficiently do their part in the great work”
- President Brigham Young
"Discoveries latent with such potent power, either for the blessing or the destruction of human beings, as to make man’s responsibility in controlling them the most gigantic ever placed in human hands. … This age is fraught with limitless perils, as well as untold possibilities”
-President David O. McKay
"I believe that the Lord is anxious to put into our hands inventions of which we laymen have hardly had a glimpse. …
“With the Lord providing these miracles of communication, and with the increased efforts and devotion of our missionaries and all of us, and all others who are ‘sent,’ surely the divine injunction will come to pass: ‘For, verily, the sound must go forth from this place into all the world, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth—the gospel must be preached unto every creature'".
-President Spencer W. Kimball

Amos 3:7
What do today's Prophets
and Apostles Say?
"The Lord invites you to get involved and use the social media platforms you prefer to share the gospel and stand as modern sons and daughters of Helaman in the great battles of the last days. He wants you to become the modern stripling warriors who stand strong and united to defend the truth. He wants you to be courageous and stalwart in the face of the enemy’s advances."
-Elder M. Russell Ballard
To Sweep the Earth
as with a Flood
Church Policy
on Social Media

Church Social Media Resources
BYU Education Week devotional (08.19.2014)

Social Media

The Blessings of
Social Media

Sharing the Gospel Online site (and Via Social Media)
Blessings of Social Media
Enhance and deepen relationships
Express faith and testimony in the Savior
Befriend struggling or less active members
Strengthen new members
Build up those learning about the Church
Clarify and defend beliefs
Remain connected with mission friends
Show a disciple-like example
Be uplifted and edified
May not create blogs, websites and social media on behalf of the Church or to officially represent the Church and its views
Can create media to assist with callings
Church logo may not be used
Only authorized Church-owned art, music, videos should be used
Member's name and contact information should be posted publicly
Should not be the name of the Church unit
Should state that media is not endorsed or sponsored by Church
Social media properties should be maintained to avoid inappropriate use or content
Guidelines for Social Media Use
Avoid Potential Dangers of Social Media
Social media is a public forum; avoid confidential or delicate information
Maintain open communication with family members
Be aware of security settings for social media sites
"Drive by" exposure to content that does not meet Church standards
Exercise good judgement when posting. There is no "delete" button
Some applications and games can gain access to personal information
Be aware of how much time you spend on social media
Avoid questionable relationships on social media
Mormon Messages
The Mormon Channel
BYU Broadcasting
Church campaigns
Internet Resources
Media Resources

Messages, images, links, videos, experiences
1.3 billion monthly users (640 million minutes)
22% increase from 2012 to 2013
Every 20 min: 1M links, 2M FRs, 3M messages
Ways to use Facebook
140 character messages: micro-blogging
250 million monthly users
Ways to use Twitter
Videos distributed, viewed, shared
1 billion monthly users
Ways to use YouTube
Sharing of photos and videos
15o million monthly users
Ways to use Instagram
Other Social Media

"I believe the time has come for us as
disciples of Christ to use these inspired
tools appropriately and more effectively
to testify of God the Eternal Father, His
plan of happiness for His children, and
His Son, Jesus Christ, to proclaim the
reality of the Restoration...and to accomplish the Lord's work."
Counsel from Elder Bednar
Examples of Social Media Use
1- Because of Him
2- #DidYouThinktoPray
3- Book of Mormon 365
4- General Authority Social Media Use
5- #LDSconf
6- Meet the Mormons
Sharing Gospel Messages
Be Authentic and Consistent
Edify and Uplift
Respect Intellectual Property
Be Wise and Vigilant
"I now extend to you the invitation to help transform the trickle into a flood. Beginning at this place on this day, I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth--messages that are authentic, edifying and praiseworthy--and literally sweep the earth as with a flood."
Personal, creative messages
Sharing and outreach
Expressing convictions
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