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Quotes about Social Media
President M. Russell Ballard (2018)
Turn off social media and other outside distractions from time to time to sit and talk and enjoy each other’s company. Have a basket where your family deposits their phones, iPads, and tablets so you can listen and teach one another.
Brothers and sisters, it is healthy to leave your smartphones alone and look up and see the beautiful creations of God, this wonderful world that we live in.
Too often, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and blog posts mock and ridicule humble members who are doing their best.
M. Russell Ballard, “Utah North Multistake Conference Broadcast“, broadcast to the 120 stakes in the Utah North Area on October 28, 2018
Elder David A. Bednar (2009)
I raise an Apostolic voice of warning about the potentially stifling, suffocating, suppressing, and constraining impact of some kinds of cyberspace interactions and experiences upon our souls. The concerns I raise are not new. They apply equally to other types of media such as television, movies, and music. But Brothers and Sisters, in a cyber world these challenges are more pervasive and intense. I plead with you to be aware of the sense dulling and spiritually destructive influence of cyberspace technologies that are used to produce high fidelity and that promote degrading and evil purposes.
David A. Bedar, “Things as They Really Are”, May, 2009
Elder David A. Bednar (2014), in referring to the above warning:
That warning is even more valid today than it was five years ago. Too much time can be wasted, too many relationships can be harmed or destroyed, and precious patterns of righteousness can be disrupted when technology is used improperly. We should not allow even good applications of social media to overrule the better and best uses of our time, energy, and resources.
David A. Bednar, August 19, 2014, during Campus Education Week at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Technology and Missionary Work
In June 2013, Elder L. Tom Perry described the impact of digital technologies on missionary work:
When I was a young missionary, we were able to speak with contacts on the street and knock on doors to share the gospel. The world has changed since that time.
Now, many people are involved in the busyness of their lives. They hurry here and there, and they are often less willing to allow complete strangers to enter their homes, uninvited, to share a message of the restored gospel. Their main point of contact with others, even with close friends, is often via the Internet.
The very nature of missionary work, therefore, must change if the Lord is to accomplish His work of gathering Israel ‘from the four corners of the earth’ (2 Nephi 21:12). The missionaries are now authorized to use the Internet in their proselyting efforts. …“As missionaries enter this new age where they will use computers in the work of the Lord, we invite the young and the old, the adults, the young adults, the youth, and the children everywhere to join with us in this exciting new work by becoming Facebook friends with the missionaries in your area on your own computers and sharing their gospel messages online and by becoming involved in missionary work yourselves”
“Missionary Work in the Digital Age” [worldwide leadership training meeting, June 2013]; lds.org/broadcasts
Elder David A. Bednar (2014):
We are blessed to live, learn, and serve in this most remarkable dispensation. An important aspect of the fulness that is available to us in this special season is a miraculous progression of innovations and inventions that have enabled and accelerated the work of salvation: from trains to telegraphs to radios to automobiles to airplanes to telephones to transistors to televisions to computers to satellite transmissions to the Internet—and to an almost endless list of technologies and tools that bless our lives. All of these advancements are part of the Lord hastening His work in the latter days. …
The Lord is hastening His work, and it is no coincidence that these powerful communication innovations and inventions are occurring in the dispensation of the fulness of times. Social media channels are global tools that can personally and positively impact large numbers of individuals and families. And 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, as the Savior of the world; to proclaim the reality of the Restoration of the gospel in the latter days; and to accomplish the Lord’s work.
David A. Bednar, August 19, 2014, during Campus Education Week at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah
Elder David A. Bednar (2016):
Please do not fear technology. Please do not take counsel from your fears. Embrace these inspired tools. Learn to use them to proclaim the gospel… [D]evelop safe and appropriate lifelong technology habits that will enable [you] to chase away darkness.
2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents
Prophetic Statements about Technology
Brigham Young said in 1862:
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.
Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe , 18–19
Then counselor in the First Presidency, David O. McKay spoke at a BYU assembly on January 29, 1935:
If we have in mind the physical Zion, then we must strive for more fertile acres; bring from the mountains gold and silver in abundance; found factories to furnish more employment; extend in length and width our concrete public highways; . . . improve the means of communication until with radio in our pockets we may communicate with friends and loved ones from any point at any given moment.
“Zion Shall Flourish,” The Improvement Era, April 1935, p 229.
Dick Tracy’s two-way wrist radio didn’t appear in the comic strip until January 13, 1946, nine years after this BYU address. The first working transistor was demonstrated in Bell Labs in 1947.
President David O. MacKay (1966):
Discoveries latent with such power, either for the blessing or the destruction of human beings, as to make man’s responsibility in controlling them the most gigantic even placed in human hands. … This age is fraught with limitless perils, as well as untold possibilities.
Conference Report, Oct 1966
In 1974, President Spencer W. Kimball described the future of missionary work:
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.’ (D&C 58:64).
“When the World Will Be Converted,” Ensign, Oct. 1974, 10–11
In 1981, President Gordon B. Hinckley taught:
We are confident that as the work of the Lord expands, he will inspire men to develop the means whereby the membership of the Church, wherever they may be, can be counseled in an intimate and personal way by his chosen prophet. Communication is the sinew that binds the Church as one great family. Between those facilities which are now available and those which are on the horizon, we shall be able to converse one with another according to the needs and circumstances of the time.
“Faith: The Essence of True Religion,” Ensign, Nov. 1981, 5.