“Be a Blogging Missionary,” Ensign, Oct. 2009, 24
With increasing interest in the Internet, opportunities for missionary work have also increased. Here are some suggestions that I have found helpful in being a blogging missionary:
Remember that you’re speaking as an individual sharing personal perspectives. Don’t leave an impression that you are speaking officially for the Church. It’s your own experiences that will be insightful and interesting.
When you write a post, keep it relatively short. Most people who surf blogs are looking for posts that are easy to read. In addition, remember the old adage, “milk before meat.” Don’t delve into the mysteries. Rather, write about subjects that are basic such as faith, repentance, Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and so forth.
Tell how you feel about a gospel principle. People may be able to argue a principle, but it’s more difficult to argue how you feel about it.
Check out other blogs and read what others have to say. When you find an interesting blog, comment and let the author know what you think. Usually when I have commented on someone’s blog, they have come to check out my blog and have left a comment. This has helped me get acquainted with new people.
When you read other blogs, read the comments too. Then check out the blogs of others who are leaving comments. This is a great way to find interesting information and make new Internet contacts.
Know when to walk away. Elder Ballard reminds us that “every disciple of Christ will be most effective and do the most good by adopting a demeanor worthy of a follower of the Savior. Discussions focused on questioning, debating, and doubting gospel principles do little to build the kingdom of God. … There is no need to argue or contend with others regarding our beliefs. There is no need to become defensive or belligerent. Our position is solid; the Church is true,” (“Sharing the Gospel Using the Internet,” Ensign, July 2008, 63).
Because the Internet doesn’t force the same commitment as meeting in person, it can be viewed as a safe haven for those who are questioning but aren’t ready to invite the missionaries into their home. If they can find answers and have the Spirit touch their hearts, they may be more willing to accept the missionaries later.
We have entered a new age of technology, so we have new avenues of missionary work open to us. With a little creativity and boldness, we can help others to learn more about the gospel.