Home News A Positive LDS Online Presence A Response To In Defense Of The...

A Positive LDS Online Presence A Response To In Defense Of The Internet Why Latter-Day Saints Should Use The Web

This blog was originally posted as a response to the article written by Chris Kirkham entitled, “In Defense of the Internet: Why Latter-Day Saints should use the web.” http://kickapps.byuicomm.com/_In-Defense-of-the-Internet-Why-Latter-day-Saints-Should-Use-the-Web/BLOG/269330/96698.html?widgetId=157720 

At a suggestion, I decided to post it separately.

 

I appreciate your thoughts Chris.  I was glad to hear an Apostle’s take on the growing use of media and caution us on the points of overuse, especially as it related to neglect of our bodies or our real relationships.  It was nice to hear a discussionabout the internet and realize that pornography is not the only vice that satan is going to tempt us with in regards to that.  I just really thought it was refreshing to know that the Apostles are totally on top of what’s going on in the world and in our LDS Young Adult subculture.


In regards to your comments about us maintaining an online presence, I say “Amen!”  I think some have the tendency to summarize an entire message like Elder Bednar’s, and throw the baby out with the bath water.  I can almost see people cancelling facebook accounts and wearing, “blogging is bad” t-shirts in an effort to go all extreme and judgemental, like some do on so many issues.  Almost.


What I gained is a greater appreciation for the internet and a renewed sense of determination to make my minutes on it as productive as possible.  Knowing that satan wants to bring us down in so many of these other ways that Elder Bednar pointed out besides just pornography, causes me to reflect even more about the powerful use of this medium and how I can help to thwart his purposes by producing and attaching myself with quality comments, posts, and articles online.


In sport of this and what I think you were trying to say as well, it’s interesting to note that Elder Bednar and Elder Scott are at the head of the Audio/Visual department at Church Headquarters.  In his talk, Elder Bednar invited us to simply consider whether the use of various technologies and media invites or impedes the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost in our lives, and if the time we spend with it enlarges or restricts our capacity to love, to live, and to serve in meaningful ways. (paraphrased)


It’s interesting that the talk was not about technology.  If it was, I think it would have been more controversial.  It was about the principles of the Plan of Salvation, including the use of our physical bodies, and an invitation to ponder the resurrection and Jesus Christ.  Put in that context, he just invited us to ponder our individual use in regards to its purpose in God’s plan, saying that growing technology and change are not inherently good or evil. 


Elder Ballard gave a talk at our BYU-Idaho April Commencement last year which reiterates the principle of using technology for good, which you might find interesting:


http://www.byui.edu/Presentations/Transcripts/Graduation/2008_04_11_Ballard.htm


“So how can you participate? For some of you participation might involve creating, writing, sharing your stories, faith and viewpoints in a blog, in video, or on a social networking site. Or you might simply share what others have written by email or in other venues. Others of you might just comment on blogs or news websites. I’m not necessarily suggesting that you start a blog or website just about the Church. As you reach out to the others online, gospel related topics will naturally arise as an integral part of your life. The greatest impact you have will likely not be among Latter-day Saints but rather will be with Internet users made of people who share common interests with you.”


I myself have a very active facebook account, in which I’ve brought together family and friends, and we’ve had meaningfulconversations or simple, quick interactions that make us feel more connected.  I do, however, know how crummy it feels when I go past the point of relaxing, much-needed entertainment, or productive interactions, and feel addicted to the computer at the neglect of exercise, socializing, or service.  Of course, too much homework will do that to you too… without the part about getting addicted to it.  :)

 

RELATED ARTICLES

Upcoming film festival highlights student work

The Snake River Film Festival is a great place to see some of the quality work BYU-Idaho video students have created.

Here is what you missed from a conversation about sexual assault

What happened in the conversation about sexual assault?

UPDATE: Rexburg police release statement confirming student death in pedestrian/vehicle collision

Rexburg police released a statement about a student death in a pedestrian and vehicle collision.

1 COMMENT

Comments are closed.

Most Popular

Power 2 Become

Power 2 Become was hosted in the John W. Hart Building on Friday, Oct. 27. Speakers encouraged students and guests to discover their passions,...

Upcoming film festival highlights student work

The Snake River Film Festival is a great place to see some of the quality work BYU-Idaho video students have created.

“My reassignment was a miracle”

Missionaries sent home during the pandemic share their personal experiences when receiving the call home.

Here is what you missed from a conversation about sexual assault

What happened in the conversation about sexual assault?

Recent Comments