Social Media Certification Great Preparation for How To Be a Social Media Missionary

The Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America is offering a Social Media Certification program, in six levels, complete with a patch for each level. The certification program has been put together by a Social Media Certification Advisory Panel that has designed the CORE Certification program to be earned in about 2 hours and the additional levels to each sequentially be more difficult yet impactful.

The Social Media Certification program will be great preparation for LDS youth and adults to teach them How to Be a Social Media Missionary to share social and digital media tips, techniques, and best practices. The Social Media Certification is non-denominational and applies to any non-profit, church, business, or personal use of social and digital media.

The levels are:

The Social Media Certification Patch has 6 sections: Core, Coach, Curator, Creator, Collaborator, and Consultant

The Social Media Certification Patch has six sections: Core, Coach, Curator, Creator, Collaborator, and Consultant

Level 1 = CORE Certification
Level 2 = Coach
Level 3 = Curator
Level 4 = Creator
Level 5 = Collaborator
Level 6 = Consultant

The Social Media Certification program is designed for both youth and adults. The focus of this certification program is:

  • Safety with social and digital media
  • Purposeful use of social media
  • How to prepare content for your own social media
  • How to comment and connect on social media
  • How to collaborate to improve your social media exposure
  • How to create great content on social and digital media
  • To encourage sharing of your story and beliefs
  • To increase capacity to share and support scouting

The Elder Bednar Social Media Challenge and Apostolic Promise

“My beloved 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. Beginning at this place on this day, 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.”

Elder David A. Bednar speaks during the annual Campus Education Week at the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

Elder David A. Bednar challenges us to turn the social media trickle into a flood that sweeps the earth, and makes an apostolic promise to those who do

“As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I invoke this blessing upon you: that you may come to understand more fully the spiritual significance and blessing of living in the dispensation of the fulness of times, that you may have eyes to see clearly both the possibilities and the pitfalls of the remarkable technologies that are available to us today, that you may increase in your capacity to use these inspired tools appropriately, and that you may receive inspiration and guidance about the role you should play in helping to sweep the earth as with a flood of truth and righteousness.”

“As you press forward in this holy work, I promise you will be blessed in mortality in the individual, specific, and necessary ways that will prepare you for eternity. I so bless you.” – Elder David A. Bednar, from his address on August 19, 2014 at Campus Education at BYU

Lindsey Stirling’s Top 10 YouTube Videos: The Best Social Media Missionary Ever!

At last count, Lindsey Stirling had 675 million views of the dancing violinist and her amazing YouTube videos.

Lindsey Stirling may be the most prolific digital and social media missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - at last count she had 587 Million Views just on her YouTube Channel

Lindsey Stirling may be the most prolific digital and social media missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – at last count she had 675 Million Views just on her YouTube Channel –

Here are her top 10 most recent YouTube videos with dates and views:

YouTube Video Date Views
Crystallize 23 Feb, 2012 101,594,516
Elements 18 Sep, 2012 46,783,355
Shadows 9 Jan, 2012 41,581,935
Skyrim  3 Apr, 2012 38,640,725
We Found Love 7 May, 2012 23,896,725
Moon Trance 23 Oct, 2012 22,646,918
Lord of the Rings Medley 2 Feb, 2012 22,031,426
Phantom of the Opera 31 Jul, 2011 19.099,950
Zelda Medley 26 Nov, 2011 18,170,168
Spontaneous Me 18 May, 2011 17,622,733

Lindsey has performed well known numbers that include everything from What Child is This? to Star Wars Medley, Assassins’s Creed III, Zelda, Halo, Game of Thrones, Mission Impossible, Violin Rock, Pokemon, to Silent Night.

Her tours take her to Europe and her filming as far as Kenya.

Her collaborators have included Pentatonix for the Covery of Imagine Dragons, Peter Hollens, to Tyler Ward, to Alex Boye & the Salt Lake Pops, to Kuha’o Case, to William Joseph, to Megan Nicole, to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Her first YouTube video called Violin Rock and playing at an NBA Halftime Show soon got her on America’s Got Talent only to be told by Piers Morgan that the world had no place for a dancing dubstep violinist.

 

“But being voted off 2010’s “America’s Got Talent” at the quarterfinals turned out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Rejection simply strengthened Stirling’s resolve to be herself. “The same reasons I was told I wouldn’t succeed are the reasons people travel hundreds of miles to see me now,” she laughs. “Because it’s different. Because it’s something you haven’t seen before…” Since the show, Lindsey has flourished as an artist.”

She is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, AZ, Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over 675 million views on YouTube, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide.

Lindsey Stirling already served an LDS mission in NYC but may be the most prolific digital and social media missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – at last count she had 675 Million Views just on her YouTube Channel alone.

She isn’t afraid to share her testimony either,

“I am so comforted that there is a living Prophet today. In biblical times, there were prophets such as Moses, Noah, and so on. God loves us every bit as much as he loved people in those times so it makes sense to me that of course he would have a prophet in our times too. The world is constantly changing; everything from politics and social norms, to weather patters and and health tips. It is very comforting for me to know that God has always called prophets to direct his children. As the world changes, this allows for Christ’s Gospel to stay the same. Yes, we can all receive our own individual answers to pray but a Prophet is God’s mouthpiece to the world.”

She also shares her story of battling anorexia, “There was a time in my life when I lost all my ambition, I had no purpose, and I began to hate myself. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an essential light in my life that helped my love myself again. I always believed that God had a plan for me but through the scriptures, through personal revelation and through the words of a living Prophet, I was able to come to know that I am a daughter of God, and that God’s plan is a plan of happiness. This changed everything; I was able to discover my passions, I regained a desire, a desire to do… anything again, and I found the happiness that I had forgotten I could feel.”

Living her faith on the road has been a challenge, “The music industry has a set of standards of its own. I cannot count the number of times I have been offered drugs backstage, or invited to participate in a number of other activities that could harm me or others. I live the gospel every day as I make decisions that help me stay true to my standards. I am a touring musician and I love that there is a clean, drug free, respectful and safe atmosphere on my tour bus. I’ve heard horror stories about the touring life and the awful drama that automatically is incurred. However, because the standards that have been set for my tour, there is no drama, and we have all become best friends that are having the time of our lives.”

“Where ever I am at in the world, I can find an LDS Church to attend on Sunday and it makes me feel like I am back home.”

Thanks for the great example Lindsey!

4 Social Media Guidelines from Elder Bednar

The following four social media guidelines come from Elder Bednar’s address during Campus Education Week at Brigham Young University on August 19, 2014 entitled, To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood.

1- Be Authentic and Consistent. “First, we are disciples and our messages should be authentic. A person or product that is not authentic is false, fake, and fraudulent. Our messages should be truthful, honest, and accurate.  We should not exaggerate, embellish, or pretend to be someone or something we are not. Our content should be trustworthy and constructive. And anonymity on the Internet is not a license to be inauthentic.”

“Authenticity is strengthened through consistency. The gospel messages you share will be accepted more readily if your Christlike example is evident in the ongoing pattern of your posts.”

4 Social Media Guidelines from Elder David A. Bednar at BYU Education Week in his address To Sweep The Earth as a Flood

4 Social Media Guidelines from Elder David A. Bednar at BYU Education Week in his address To Sweep The Earth With a Flood

2- Edify and Uplift.

“Second, we and our messages should seek to edify and uplift rather than to argue, debate, condemn, or belittle. As Paul counseled the Ephesians, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).”

“Brothers and sisters, share the gospel with genuine love and concern for others. Be courageous and bold but not overbearing in sustaining and defending our beliefs, and avoid contention. As disciples our purpose should be to use social media channels as a means of projecting the light and truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ into a world that increasingly is dark and confused.”

3- Respect Intellectual Property.

“Third, we and our messages should respect the property of other people and organizations. This simply means that you should not create your own content using someone else’s art, name, photos, music, video, or other content without permission. To assist you in creating uplifting gospel messages, we are pleased to announce that the content in the Media Library on LDS.org, unless otherwise indicated, has been cleared for use by members without seeking permission from the Church. Additional information about the use of Church media can be found at social.lds.org.”

“When you share messages online, make sure others understand that you are expressing your personal thoughts and feelings. Please do not use the Church logo or otherwise suggest that you are speaking for or on behalf of the Church.”

4- Be Wise and Vigilant.

“Fourth, be wise and vigilant in protecting yourself and those you love. We should remember that the Internet never forgets. Anything you communicate through a social media channel indeed will live forever—even if the app or program may promise otherwise. Only say it or post it if you want the entire world to have access to your message or picture for all time.”

“Following these simple guidelines will enable members of the Church around the world to create and share gospel messages that will cause the light to “shine forth out of darkness” (Mormon 8:16).”

A summary of the four guidelines given by David A Bednar for Social Media Missionary work in the LDS Church

A summary of the four guidelines given by David A Bednar for Social Media Missionary work in the LDS Church

He quoted the seventh chapter of the book of Moses in The Pearl of Great Price:

“And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood” (Moses 7:59–62; italics added).

Then Elder Bednar gave an apostolic invitation:

“My beloved 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. Beginning at this place on this day, 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.”

Then he left an apostolic blessing:

“As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I invoke this blessing upon you: that you may come to understand more fully the spiritual significance and blessing of living in the dispensation of the fulness of times, that you may have eyes to see clearly both the possibilities and the pitfalls of the remarkable technologies that are available to us today, that you may increase in your capacity to use these inspired tools appropriately, and that you may receive inspiration and guidance about the role you should play in helping to sweep the earth as with a flood of truth and righteousness. As you press forward in this holy work, I promise you will be blessed in mortality in the individual, specific, and necessary ways that will prepare you for eternity. I so bless you.”

And then he closed with his personal witness of Jesus Christ.

“I witness the Father and the Son live. The Savior stands at the head of His Church in these latter days. He is hastening His work, and no unhallowed hand can stop this work from progressing. Of these things I testify in the sacred name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.”

‘Meet the Mormons’ announced by LDS Church as first feature length documentary

‘Meet the Mormons’ will feature the lives of six everyday members.

See the Deseret News for the full article

Producer Jeff Roberts, center back, with Carolina Muñoz Marin and her family in Costa Rica. Marin has fought her way to the top of women's amateur kickboxing in Costa Rica, challenging the traditional stereotypes of a Mormon woman.  Photo courtesy IRI - Deseret News Aug 19, 2014

Producer Jeff Roberts, center back, with Carolina Muñoz Marin and her family in Costa Rica. Marin has fought her way to the top of women’s amateur kickboxing in Costa Rica, challenging the traditional stereotypes of a Mormon woman.
Photo courtesy IRI – Deseret News Aug 19, 2014

For the first time in its history, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will release a feature-length documentary commercially on Oct. 10.

The new feature-length film, “Meet the Mormons,” highlights the lives of six Latter-day Saints spanning from the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, to the rain forests of Costa Rica, to the Salt Lake Valley.

The film was financed by the church but net proceeds will be donated to charity.

“The intent of the film is to help people understand what our members are really like,” said producer Jeff Roberts.

Featured in the film are Retired Col. Gail Halvorsen, who was known as “The Candy Bomber” during the 1940s Berlin Airlift; Ken Niumatalolo, head football coach of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; Bishnu Adhikari, a humanitarian and engineer in Nepal; Carolina Muñoz Marin, an amateur kickboxer in Costa Rica; Jermaine Sullivan, a LDS bishop in Atlanta, Georgia; and Dawn Armstrong, a mother living in the Salt Lake Valley.

Ken Niumatalolo, head football coach of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis

Ken Niumatalolo, head football coach of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis

“How did we find them? Any way we could,” said the film’s writer and director, Blair Treu.

Charged with producing the film for the Legacy Theater in Salt Lake City and for visitors’ centers across the globe, Treu pitched the project to the LDS Church’s First Presidency in late 2010. After the project was finished, church leaders decided to expand the films release due to the positive response from both LDS and non-LDS sample audiences.

Treu said the objective was to give the film broader reach, making it available to members and their friends on the big screen — in their own cities and towns — and then on cable TV, Internet streaming and in the Legacy Theater and visitors’ centers.

Church leaders have a lot of confidence in their membership, he said. “They never once, not once, ever told us who or where or what to shoot,” he said. “We were tasked with one thing: ‘Try to capture, as best you can, who we really are.’ That is it.”

Gail "Hal" Halvorsen, known to the world as the World War II Candy Bomber,

Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, known to the world as the World War II Candy Bomber,

Gail Halvorsen, who will turn 94 on the day the film opens, said participating in the project was the experience of a lifetime.

Jermaine Sullivan, who was a bishop at the time of filming and now serves as president of the Atlanta Georgia Stake, said he was nervous to begin filming.

I have never had this type of attention focused on me like this,” he said. “I hope that people learn a bit more about who we are, what we believe, what we do to serve and minister and help others.”

Dawn Armstrong, a young single mother who had hit rock bottom when she met the Mormon missionaries herself, is featured in the film helping her son — now older — prepare for full-time missionary service.

“In a world that seems so quick to tear down, I hope that people will choose to lift up, and most importantly, to look up,” she said. “Let love and understanding be a driving force in your life. I think that is the sincere message of the movie.”

“For more information about “Meet the Mormons” go to www.meetthemormons.com.