Last month during BYU’s Education Week, my facebook feed started lighting up with posts about Elder Bednar’s ground-breaking talk regarding the spread of social media. Compelled by several other events in my life, I am committing to join the #ShareGoodness tidal wave!
As a graphic designer and marketer I engage in social media on a regular basis designing for my clients. My personal facebook posts have consisted of occasional photos of family vacations and a few random posts of interesting tidbits here and there. I will skim through some of the opinion posts of my family and friends but I typically refrain from commenting. I think it is way too easy to take facebook comments out of context which, I believe, can perpetuate unresolved arguments and negative feelings.
A couple weeks ago I stumbled across a post by an LDS woman who was very upset with some words spoken by Elder Ballard at a recent event regarding women’s responsibilities in the church. After reading Elder Ballard’s quote included in her post I actually agreed with it. But, this woman had every right to share her outrage with what he was suggesting. I wondered if it would be appropriate for me to comment on this woman’s post in favor of Elder Ballard’s statement. But not being interested in encouraging negative debate and not wanting to infringe on her right to share her opinion I dismissed the matter.
The following evening before going to bed, I felt compelled to pick up the new issue of the Ensign sitting on my night stand. It had been several months since I had taken the time to read the Ensign. As I flipped through the pages I stopped on an article entitled, “Men and Women and Priesthood Power” by Elder Ballard. After reading a few paragraphs it donned on me that this was the article referenced by the outraged woman on facebook a few days prior. I continued reading the article and appreciated the points made by Elder Ballard. Then I read the final section titled, “5. The Church needs the voice and faith of women”. My heart started to swell as I read his plead, “The General Authorities and the sisters who are general officers cannot do it alone.” I felt it come as a personal invitation to me to join in sharing goodness.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
The next day I received a call from the first councilor in the Mesa Temple Easter Pageant Presidency. He came to my house a couple days later and asked if I would be willing to serve as the Social Media Coordinator of the pageant. I had been asking Heavenly Father to use me however he saw fit. The message to share my voice as a faithful, latter-day saint mother had now come in three’s. Heavenly Father had my attention 🙂
Then after teaching my Gospel Doctrine lesson in the San Tan Branch (the Native American branch in my stake) last Sunday, I felt compelled to share on facebook the epiphany I received while I was teaching about fasting. By the next day the post had been ‘liked’ by a large number of my friends and had been ‘shared’ several times. I felt a witness of the Holy Ghost that this is what the Lord needed me to do. He needs me and all the other Latter-day Saint women to share our testimonies and beliefs about the restored gospel in a positive manner. I feel inspired to accomplish this by starting this blog website. I do not wish to argue or offend, but merely share my life’s stories and how I have seen the hand of the Lord bless my family. I want to heed the call of Elder Bednar and be part of the wave that will sweep the earth with goodness. I want to respond to Elder Ballard’s plea to help the sisters of the general presidency by letting my voice of faith and testimony be heard.
As a Latter-day Saint mommy living my life in blue jeans, this is my story!
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