I recently made a short video for a fellow YouTuber, and I got a little bold at the end. I frankly stated “If you can’t hashtag ‘#imamormon’ or ‘#socialmediamissionary’ don’t post it.” Well, I ended the video pretty soon after that, since I realized my passion may have started leaking into the more overbearing side of the spectrum, and I didn’t want that. But I want to elaborate here. So, what do I mean when I say “Be a #SocialMediaMissionary?”
First off, let me explain the above statement that concluded my “I Love The Book of Mormon” video. I totally understand that many of us use social media to post lovely photos of ourselves, our family, and friends. I also know that a lot of us like to post jokes, or memes, or anything else we relate to or get a kick out of. Unfortunately, I have seen some active members of the church share some posts they might have thought was funny…but I would classify them more as cruel… That is what I mean by the first hashtag. We are human! We should well enjoy laughing! So, if we see something funny, or something we can relate to in our own personal lives, by all means, we can share it! But, can we hashtag “#imamormon” at the end of it? Would it be appropriate for that? Are we remembering that we are all representatives of the church when we are using social media? I believe that most of us do, but it would be nice if we all did.
Now, for the second hashtag in my proclamation. If you are a member of the church, you have a lot of eyes on you. You are probably not aware of how many really are watching every little thing you do. We members understand that our church is oftentimes quite misunderstood, by non-members and inactive members alike. Therefore, it is our job to show the world what we are really made of! Think about how great of time we live in right now. This is the perfect time to spread the gospel! Because when I specifically say “show the world” I mean it. What does “www” mean, as the prefix to practically every known social media site? World-wide web. World wide! How many of us active Facebookers and Instagrammers come across others’
comments, or posts, or pages where there is a language being written that we don’t understand? And just because we might not understand their language, doesn’t mean they cannot understand ours. English is being learned in more and more countries, and at younger and younger ages. That is no coincidence. There is no such thing as coincidence. Likewise, it is not a coincidence that social media is so huge right now. The field is white already to harvest. Is it not obvious that while almost every individual you know or meet has at least one account on at least one social media website, all the while we have been counseled that these are, in fact, the last days? This is the time for us millennials to be exactly that: millennials. Let us live up to our titles we decided to take on when we chose to come down here at this time, and within the fold of the gospel!
Now, I try not to only cater to active members. I know there must be someone out there reading this that is either not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or an inactive member. So, let me first touch base with those who are less active.
Now is the time. We really have no clue when we will take our last breath. I am extremely blessed to still be alive today – yes, not lucky, blessed. After so many times of the Lord saving your life, you finally realize you should wake up and start paying it forward. He lives, and He loves us. But are we returning that love in our actions? Let me remind you of a passage of scripture. Bear with me as I paraphrase. When Jesus Christ walked the earth, He had twelve dedicated disciples by His side. One of them was named Peter. Peter sure did love his Christ. Well, sadly, but quite necessarily, his beloved Jesus Christ died, and returned to His Father. It didn’t take long until Peter was back to doing what he was used to doing before his Savior entered his life. Christ, on yet another errand from His Father, returned and relayed a message to Peter. “[If you love me,] feed my sheep.” You are one of Christ’s sheep. Find Him again, love Him, and be edified by His grace. If you love Him, be fed. Be filled with His love for you, and regain that testimony you once had. Even if you don’t recall having one in this life, remember the one you had in the life before, as you sat by His feet listening to Him, talking with Him, and holding Him. Return His love for you, and come back to the fold, so you may rejoice!
Moving on to those of you that may not be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I urge you to click on the following links, in order to check out some uplifting quotes and posts from our church’s main authorities, so you may better understand what our church is all about. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we do revere Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Here is your list:
In conclusion, I would like to speak to those who are indeed quite active, and on social media, but may not be posting about the church, or are sometimes posting inappropriate material. If you only take one thought away from this post, I ask you to take this one: before you finish posting something, imagine hash tagging “#imamormon,” or “socialmediamissionary.” Would it fit well? Would it be contradictory? Obviously, not every post will be a missionary post, but perhaps the more you are keeping that in your mind as you are on social media, you will be reminded of what a beautiful gift and tool is in the palm of your hands. Use it well. And please, never forget, we are all enlisted.
Are you on Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? Take thought and prayerful consideration in opening an account on one of those social media websites you may not be on quite yet, and enlist the Lord to help you in your endeavors. Be a #SocialMediaMissionary. The more, the merrier!!