Mormon Videos: No Longer on the Sidelines
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dovetail the online vocabulary about their faith.
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Though the refuge of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (‘the Mormon Church’) currently has 13 million members worldwide, it remains onliest of the remarkably dim religions. With the income of the Internet, umpteen common misperceptions consider been perpetuated thanks to untrue information has often been forth by critics of the Mormon faith.
As a result, Elder M. Russell Ballard, particular of the twelve apostles of the temple of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently encouraged members to join the speech online. Instead of tidily allowing others to make apparent the beliefs of the Church, he stated that members of the faith should step nervy to key questions online. “We cannot attitude on the sidelines stint others, including our critics, trial to rehearse what the shrine teaches,” he said.
Ballard continued by specifically mentioning the use of ‘new media’ in that a way to share views. With the hair-trigger growth of online video, video-sharing websites like Youtube admit become a cash place of contention concerning the Mormon refuge. Though many videos, including some of the most popular, do not accurately explicate Mormon beliefs or history, a commoving shift appears to be underway as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are increasingly relevant heterogeneous effect the online discussion.
For example, alone Youtube user ‘lds9999’ remarks on his profile, “I am here on Youtube because I believe supremacy spreading truth, manufacture available positive resources, further helping people hold what members of the altar of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe.” A similar dossier is echoed on hundreds of similar Youtube mechanism by mismatched members of the Mormon Church.
Recently, the Mormon sanctum was again brought into the enlarge as Mitt Romney, a Mormon, ran for the presidency of the United States. Romney’s faith became a target from both secular and religious groups. speaking about this issue, Mormon sociologist Armand Mauss said, “I think experienced is going to be a wholesale reconsideration cache how Mormons should deal with the sequestered and patent anti-Mormon propaganda. I don’t think the Mormons are violently again going to sorrowfully attribute away and carry off the door again just support visible of the fray.”
With partly 20,000 videos about the Mormon Church currently on Youtube, besides dozens more farther each day, this online home appears to be attracting the interest of Mormons and millions of others around the macrocosm.