Ok, I’ll admit that at times, I come out of a sacrament meeting or a session of general conference feeling slightly chastened about something I’m not doing as well at as I’d like. This morning, I felt myself feeling the same way, and about a topic I’d never have believed possible. You see, I’ve been pretty bad at keeping up my ‘religious’ blog here at “Elders Journal” and now, blogging is being ecouraged (along with participation in other ‘New Media’) by Elder Ballard. Here are a few of the things he had to say in his address at BYU-Hawaii.
About the reasoning for our involvement:
We are living in a world saturated with all kinds of voices. Perhaps now, more than ever, we have a major responsibility as Latter-day Saints to define ourselves, instead of letting others define us.
His specific invitation/counsel to get involved:
...may I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet, particularly the New Media, to share the gospel and to explain in simple and clear terms the message of the Restoration.
The value of our contribution:
The audiences for these and other New Media tools may often be small, but the cumulative effect of thousands of such stories can be great. The combined effort is certainly worth the outcome if but a few are influenced by your words of faith and love of God and His son Jesus Christ.
I guess it’s time for me to repent of my idleness and spend some more time here.
UPDATE: Wow! Elder Ballard's comment's have made the front page of www.lds.org.