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studentThe Church recently updated Handbook 2 with additional information about member’s personal use of the Internet (see chapter 21.1.22). The updated guidelines clarify that members are encouraged to use the Internet to flood the earth with gospel messages.

The updated section of the handbook reads as follows:

Internet

When carefully used, the Internet can help coordinate the work of the Church, strengthen faith, and minister to the needs of others. The Internet can also help people connect with one another and share Church content with friends and family. However, members should remember that electronic communication should not replace opportunities for in-person contact, where feasible.

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Personal Internet Use

Members are encouraged to use the Internet to flood the earth with testimonies of the Savior and His restored gospel. They should view blogs, social networks, and other Internet technologies as tools that allow them to amplify their voice in promoting the messages of peace, hope, and joy that accompany faith in Christ.

Members are encouraged to share messages from official Church websites and social accounts, as well as their own words, images, and media. As members express their own thoughts and feelings, they should not give the impression that they represent or are sponsored by the Church.

As members use the Internet to hasten the work of the Lord, they should exemplify civility and focus on sharing praiseworthy messages that strengthen those with whom they come in contact.

For additional helps, see social.lds.org, internet.lds.org, and “Sharing the Gospel Online” on LDS.org.

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