In August 2014, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged Church members to “flood the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth.” He was speaking to individuals about social media, but his message is applicable to any online presence created to further the work of the Church. Websites, blogs, and social media posts can strengthen faith, assist with coordination efforts, and share Church content to great effect.
If you are thinking about creating online content…
…and intend to share it with a specific group, remember anything you post may be seen by a much wider audience then you might realize. To assist you, the Church has published “Use of Online Resources in Church Callings” on LDS.org.
Quoting from the site, the general guidelines are as follows:
- Local priesthood leaders must first approve the creation of calling-related websites, blogs or social media profiles.
- The Church logo may not be used or imitated.
- The name and contact information of the responsible member must be posted publicly.
- Members should not state their online content is sponsored or endorsed by the Church, or officially represents the Church.
- Church-owned artwork, videos, music, or other materials should not be posted unless clearly authorized.
- Photographs of other individuals or personal information must not be displayed without consent.
- Social media properties must be properly maintained and actively moderated to ensure any inappropriate content is promptly removed.
- Members should have a purpose and goal for the resource.
- Websites, blogs, and social media should not duplicate the tools and features that are already available at LDS.org.
For more information, go to www.lds.org/pages/online-resources-for-church-callings?lang=eng. The full article provides many examples for applying the guidelines appropriately, plus additional resources and best practices. Handbook 2: Administering the Church section 21.1.22 also lists the guidelines, and provides guidance on personal use of the Internet.