Need some good ideas on how to #HastenTheWork using the internet and social media? Larry Richman has compiled some easy, practical ideas into a book titled 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online. It is an easy-to-read, 80-page book that has 62 color illustrations. Download the book for free.
The book has 4 parts:
- Introduction. It defines “hastening the work” and explains why is it important. It describes how God has inspired men to invent technologies to assist in the hastening of the work in the latter days. Finally, it provides quotes from our Church leaders about using the Internet and social media to flood the earth with testimonies of the Savior and His restored gospel.
- Internet and social media basics. This section gives a brief overview of the Internet and provides a quick tutorial on some of the major social media channels (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Hashtags, and blogs).
- Tips on hastening the work online. A few matters to consider about how to interact faithfully and kindly with people online.
- 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online. This is the major part of the book, listing 101 easy, practical things you can do. Each idea is explained simply in a few short paragraphs.
Download the book for free or get a printed copy.
Here’s some encouragement to hasten the work online:
Elder David A. Bednar at BYU Campus Education Week, August 2014:
Brothers and sisters, what has been accomplished thus far in this dispensation communicating gospel messages through social media channels is a good beginning—but only a small trickle. I now extend to you the invitation to help transform the trickle into a flood….I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood. (“To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood”)
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. (Handbook 2, chapter 21.1.22)
For continuing ideas on hastening the work, follow the LDS365 Facebook page.
I think a lot of emphasis is put on hastening the missionary work, but hastening the rest of the work of salvation is glossed over: redeeming the dead and perfecting the saints. In addition to missionary work, the church has lately put a lot of emphasis on family history work (bringing your own names to the temple, updated FamilySearch web site, etc.) and perfecting the saints (ward councils). All of this is part of hastening the same great work!
I don’t see an Android format or Apple iBook format. I tried downloading the other formats for the sample form Smashwords and only got error messages.
You should be able to use the ePub from Smashwords on Android or iOS.
iBooks supports the ePub file format (see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5557?viewlocale=en_US )
There are also several Android readers that use the ePub Format.
Larry good job. I have been using social media since Elder Ballard addressed BYU Hawaii and said all members have a right to share the Gospel. At first items with opposition because I was not the “official FB or Twitter. Now people are hastening the work or playing catch up. I hosted the first LDS fan page on FB 100,000 followers.