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So you embarrassed yourself on Facebook. Again. It’s alright, we’ve all done it—because while Facebook can be awesome, especially when used as a tool to share the gospel, there’s no denying it’s created a new breed of social faux pas, which, whether you’re new to Facebook or not, can be tricky to navigate.
Social media etiquette is the key. For those of you looking to share the gospel online, we’ve created a list of 6 Facebook Dos and Don’ts which, we hope, will make you a more effective “Facebook Missionary”—and a kinder, more considerate user of social media.
Alright, pinkies out! Let’s get to work!
1. Facebook Don’t: Engage in Arguments
You’re scrolling through Facebook when suddenly you see it: a heated debate on somebody’s profile. Looks like they’ve got a bone to pick with the Church, and their opposing viewpoint isn’t going to come quietly.
We’ve been taught to be tolerant and respectful of other people’s beliefs. On the other hand, we’ve also been taught to “stand as a witness of Christ in all times and in all things and in all places” (see Mosiah 18:9). Is this the place to apply the latter principle?
The answer is pretty much always a resounding “no.” No matter what your intentions may be, Facebook arguments almost always become personal. If someone you know makes a point you disagree with, personally attacking them—even with truth—in their comment box will just put everyone on the defense. Remember, as Facebook Missionaries, we’re defending the gospel, not offending with the gospel.
2. Facebook Do: Start Conversations
That said, don’t be afraid to post about the things that you believe. A well-worded, peacefully meant post about something, or someone, that has inspired you is likely to inspire someone else, too.
For example, you could post a picture of your family and add a comment about your gratitude for eternal families. You could share a General Conference talk and briefly mention why it has spiritually uplifted you.
In sharing the gospel online, our goal should be to inspire and uplift. If you come across a trending argument, and you’d like to voice your opinion, do so in your own space (like on your profile page) and in a way that promotes questions and friendly conversation.
3. Facebook Don’t: Bash Things You Disagree with
3 Nephi 11:29 tells us that “he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.” Keep this scripture in mind as you decide what to share and what not to share.
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