I haven’t written for a while, and now I feel remiss. Today was graduation day at BYUH, and the visiting apostle, Elder Ballard, told us all to have more of an online presence.
This sounded to me like a sea-change in church policy towards the internet, or at least a drastic clarification. For some time, there has seemed to me to be a consolidation and control of web presence, with the standardization of ward pages, and the status of unofficial pages and blogs devoted to the church seemed to be a bit ambiguous. I think this makes it clear that while there are some things that should be avoided (He mentioned that debates about doctrine–I would separate this from discussions that seek to understand doctrine and its application, though that’s me–and airing our doubts don’t do much to build the kingdom, and cautioned against being defensive or belligerent.), the brethren recognize the “real” status of virtual space.
I know that I have often had the opportunity to answer questions on this blog, and I hope to be a bit more active in contributing to whatever good is done in the blogosphere for the kingdom.
To start that off, I want to know. Does anyone have stories to tell about how the kingdom has been served in cyberspace? Have your blogs, websites, social networking spaces, second lives, etc. been effective tools for missionary work or simply explaining our beliefs where they had been otherwise misunderstood?
An article on Ballard’s talk and a transcript can be found here: It was recorded, and I assume it will soon be available in video.