In Your Own Words is a regular sampling of online articles, blog posts and social media that represent some of the current conversations about Mormonism. The posts in this series do not necessarily represent the views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nor are they meant to be a comprehensive summary of the online conversations about the Church. The intent is to highlight social media content from individuals that will help journalists and the public better understand Mormonism.
Meridian Idaho Temple Groundbreaking
The Meridian Idaho Temple groundbreaking was held Saturday, 23 August 2014. Hundreds of people attended the groundbreaking in person, and the proceedings were broadcast by satellite to Latter-day Saint chapels in the area. Here are a few of the comments and photos posted online about the event:
"What an amazing experience to be able to witness the ground breaking for the Meridian LDS Temple, and being able to turn the soil. (: #temple #groundbreaking #amazing #beautiful # LDS #mormon #meridiantemple #turningsoil #ElderBednar" @morgs2016
"What an amazing opportunity it has be been today to meet Elder Bednar and attend the groundbreaking of the #MeridianTemple. I am so grateful for this church. #lds" @jporte27
Elder Bednar Encourages the Use of Technology and Social Media
Last week, Elder David A. Bednar called for Mormons to use social media to “sweep the earth as with a flood” with authentic and uplifting messages. Elder Bednar's address created quite a buzz on various social media channels:
"'The Lord is hastening His work, and it is no coincidence that these powerful communication innovations and inventions are occurring in this dispensation of the fullness of times.' - Elder Bednar #ShareGoodness #sweeptheearthaswithaflood Amazing talk today!!! Exciting times! Love this church! Love the apostles and prophet!" @kariknell
Just watched Elder Bednar's talk on social media. So inspiring! Love these times we live in! #ShareGoodness— vanesa art (@VanesaArt) August 25, 2014
Let us FLOOD the earth with the message of the Gospel! Tweet it, pin it, post it, like it, share it, flood it. #ShareGoodness— Brighton Seminary (@LDSBengals) August 19, 2014
The use of the hashtag #ShareGoodness (inspired by Elder Bednar's address) continues to grow as people try to follow the counsel to spread positive messages online. For example, we found this tweet by a group of youth who started a website earlier this year to share their beliefs:
"Meet the Mormons" Movie
A wave of excitement rippled across the Internet following Elder Bednar’s announcement of “Meet the Mormons,” a new movie produced by the Church.
"Announcement from #ElderBednar at today’s #BYUDevo: new major motion picture from the @ldschurch_. See meetthemormons.com. Also see a revamped social.lds.org. #MeetTheMormons #ShareGoodness #BYU #BYUEdWeek" @big_micool
Some were also lucky enough to see a premiere at Brigham Young University:
"The Armstrong Family after the #BYU #EducationWeek premier of #MeetTheMormons!! Love these guys -- some of the nicest, most humble, and beautiful people you'll ever meet. Their story will make you cry, guaranteed. In theaters 10/10/2014. ❤️ www.meetthemormons.com" @thatfunnyface
For more information, visit our Meet the Mormons Movie topic page.
Ogden Utah Temple Open House
Temple open houses are an exciting time for members of the Church who live nearby. Among the hundreds of thousands who are expected to tour the Ogden Utah Temple, many have posted about their experiences on social media:
The Ogden Temple is spectacular. pic.twitter.com/ORGH6vg2YD— Chelsea Fairbourn (@chelsfairbourn) August 25, 2014
"I love temples! #Familiesareforever #sharegoodness" @jarron.b
The Ogden Utah Temple is open for free public tours until Saturday, 6 September 2014.
As a New School Year Starts for Some, Seminary Classes Resume
Seminary is a worldwide, four-year religious educational program for youth ages 14 through 18. It is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is open to teenagers of all faiths. Hundreds of thousands of Mormon youth attend seminary. A lifelong study of sacred scripture often begins in seminary.
Many seminary teachers are volunteers, such as this woman:
"My hubby loves how late I have to stay up every night to finish my lessons 😴 #theworkisimportant #lds #earlymorning #seminary #doctrineandcovenants" @raedawnjohnson
Some teens have posted seminary selfies this week as they reunite with friends after summer break.
Released-time seminary classes are held during school hours in areas of concentrated Church membership, according to the adjacent public school’s schedule.
In many places around the world, Mormon youth attend early morning seminary, before their regular high school classes begin. Seeing beautiful sunrises is a bonus, in addition to the spiritual benefits.
"One of the greatest blessing I recieve from getting up at 4:30 and going to seminary at 5:30 every morning before school is these amazing sunrises #Mormon #Seminary" @justcallme_emily
"Family First" Blog
Mormon.org featured a blog post this week by Rhonna Farrer titled "Family First." Farrer, a wife and mother of three, describes the joy her family experiences from consciously making time to be together amid the chaos of life.
"I love my parents for their diligence in making it a point to spend that time with us and showing their love by having fun together. We have a strong bond as a family and the deep and loving relationships we’ve developed over the years is due to the ‘little things’ we did together" ("Family First" by Rhonna Farrer).
Farrer's blog post echoes the many comments others have made about the importance of family time:
"When being up at 5:30 Saturday morning is a good thing. #ShareGoodness #family #lds" @the____tj
"Our first family pic. 💞😊💞 #TeamMorales 😁 #family #eternalmarriage #lds #mormon #HappySabbathDay #sunday #potd" @lovenairra