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Mormons on social media react to Elder Bednar's counsel, announcement

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Aug. 19 7:00 p.m. MDT

 Tuesday afternoon, Elder David A. Bedner, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke at Brigham Young University Education Week.

Tuesday afternoon, Elder David A. Bedner, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke at Brigham Young University Education Week.

(Michelle Tessier)

Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke at Brigham Young University's Campus Education Week Tuesday morning and urged LDS Church members to spread gospel messages using social media.

The devotional was held at the Marriott Center, where viewers commented on the unusual number of screens.

Throughout his talk, Elder Bednar used the screens to show video clips of messages from other church leaders, including President David O. McKay, President Gordon B. Hinckley and Elder L. Tom Perry.

Listeners also appreciated Elder Bednar's explanation of how to appropriately use social media.

Following Elder Bednar's announcement of "Meet the Mormons," a feature-length film that will be released in theaters in October, church members shared the trailer and other promotional material for the film online. More information regarding the documentary produced by the LDS Church can be found on meetthemormons.com.

As Elder Bednar concluded his talk, BYUtv announced on Twitter that the hashtag used during the speech, #byudevo, was trending in the United States.

After the devotional, social media users expressed appreciation for Elder Bednar's remarks.

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1. JBJepp
Toquerville, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

As I first read the posting from Elder Bednar's comments yesterday, my first impressions were that these comments were going to stir up considerable controversy and comments. My first of the morning thoughts this morning were on another time when I believe something very similar occurred.., thus my Banner update is in response and support.

2. happy2bhere
clearfield, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

Seeing as social media is becomming more and more a part of the world of communication it wouldn't surprise me if members are called on missions that are strictly to do missionary work from their computers.

3. Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA,
Aug. 22, 2014

After the excitement wears off lets look at the motivation behind this call to action. The Church realizes that the internet/social media has been very effective in presenting information detrimental to the Church. This is an effort to counteract the negative influences that are effecting some members. This is a little too much "multi-level marketing motivation" for my taste.

4. Jack
Aurora, CO,
Oct. 5, 2014

@ happy2bhere...

Some full-time missionaries are already doing that. They spend a good portion of their time doing just that.

5. Felix Jensen
sandy, UT,
Oct. 7, 2014

Wasn't he the same fellow who was telling folks to read the Book of Mormon to your little toddlers, something like the Catholic Catechisms, that sounds just a little "odd" to me.