So our mission is one of 3 (from what I understand) in the world to be a pilot mission for online proselyting. We work out in the field for the majority of the day. But during the "down hours" (mornings, late evenings, holidays, etc...) we get on the computer and find people to teach and baptize! Our purpose is still to "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and in His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end" -PMG pg 1. So practically I will be updating my blog with neat stories and spiritual uplifts. Follow my blog. Comment on my blog freely. Spread the good news of the Savior to your family and friends in person and online. Rob Frye in Napa sent me this news article from the Salk Lake Tribune with neat insight on the new online assignment of missionaries.
Mormons taking to online proselytizing
SALT LAKE CITY — Not so long ago, Mormon missionaries were prohibited from using the Internet, even to contact their families. The system then loosened to allow weekly e-mail home and some occasional viewing of church materials.
Now the nearly 14 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is attempting to revolutionize the way Mormons find converts - and it's all online.
The move involves experimenting with blogging missionaries, self-produced member profiles and stereotype-busting videos. The American-born church, which has been harnessing technology to promote the faith since the 1920 radio days, sees great potential in fast-paced storytelling.
The Internet is the new "town square," said Ron Wilson, manager of Internet and marketing for the church. "And Mormons are taking to it like never before."
The electronic universe, however, also is uncontrollable, an aspect that has traditionally been tough for the hierarchical church but one that organizers readily acknowledge.
"We relinquish a lot of control to members on this site … and every one (of the authorities) is on board with it," said Scott Swofford, director of media for the church's missionary department. "(The Internet) is where we've got to be."
The online missionary effort began in 2001, with the launch of www.mormon.org, a site aimed at telling outsiders what Mormons believe.
The site currently showcases 15 video portraits and 2,000 written profiles of Mormons across the globe; there are another 75 videos and 13,000 more profiles ready to be posted.
The idea, officials said, was to help everyone "know a Mormon."
"Our leaders were struggling for years to find a more effective, less annoying way to get our message across than knocking on doors," Swofford said. "Our mission is to deliver teaching opportunities."
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Love - Elder James Abbott