Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Flooding the Earth: Saturating the World With the Book of Mormon
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it has always been clear to me that one of my main responsibilities is to share the truth and knowledge found within the pages of the Book of Mormon. This responsibility has never been more exciting a challenge than now, in the 21st century, when modern technology allows for easy access to LDS church resources, and the bloggosphere allows for personal narrative to be published world wide. Technology has allowed people to flood the internet with their ideas, thoughts, and has created a society uniquely connected through virtual reality.
President Ezra Taft Benson, 13th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, saw the great opportunity technology afforded when he said:
"In this age of electronic media and mass production of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way" -- Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon
And moved it has! With 107 full text translations into other languages (including languages without a tradition of writing and visual translations into American Sign Language) and over 3 million copies produced yearly, the Book of Mormon is covering the earth (Translations of the Book of Mormon).
Yet, more can be done. It is my belief that the internet, blogs particularly, has become this generation's most liberating form of publication. It is my contention that when people begin discussing the Book of Mormon online, a socialized "Scripture Journal" if you will, viewing the book not just as a spiritual text, but as the inspiring work of literature it is, when we digitally flood the earth with discussions of the Book of Mormon, when we move the book in that monumental way, that is when President Benson's vision will be fulfilled.