Quoted: on Mormons knocking on (Facebook) doors

“Online it’s online, instead of three people on my doorstep.”

Ben Carraway, who served in a Philadelphia test mission from 2011 to 2013, in which Mormon missionaries went “tracting” on Facebook as opposed to going door to door to spread the word of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints. The Atlantic takes a look at how technology has helped change the traditional Mormon mission. The conversion effort takes place over 18 months to two years, during which the use of most outside distractions, including cell phones and the Internet, is prohibited. Besides social media, the missionaries have also embraced the use of iPod touches — loaded with maps, the Mormon scripture, lectures and songs — and Skype.

As we’ve written, religious groups have used the Internet and social media to spread the word like never before, whatever it may be: Facebook pages related to religion abound. The pope has many fans on Twitter, and he’s a fan as well. Recently, he spoke about the Internet as a godsend, saying it “offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.”


Above: Screenshot from the Facebook fan page of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints


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