8 Ways to Hasten Salvation Using Facebook!
Hastening Salvation… Hastening Salvation is what we’ve been called to do, but how does one “Hasten Salvation” exactly? We hasten salvation by sharing the Gospel, we are called to share the Gospel with everyone. Not just with the non-member, but also the less active, the recent convert, and the struggling member, and also the member who is enduring to the end. Facebook allows us to do these things, and if used effectively, it makes a huge impact for minimal effort. So how do you use Facebook effectively? here are 8 ways!
- 1st Knowing when to”Like” “Comment” and “Share” and then do it!
Knowing when to like something, when to comment, and when to share is important, as these 3 mechanics of Facebook drastically will effect your efforts, and the efforts of others to share the Gospel.
Liking something is very important. When someone posts something to Facebook there is a filter to only show it to a small % of people, the more “likes” it gets, the larger the % it will be shown to. IF you read something and you like it then click “like”. If you thought it was good and don’t click “like” you actually hurt it.
Example I have 1,000 friends, I make a post it only posts to 1% of my friends so about 10 friends. I am dependent on one of those 10 friends to click “like”, or Facebook will not show it to the other 990. Each person who clicks like on that post tells Facebook “this is good, show it to more people”.
Important if you thought it was good, but did not want to click “like” you’re telling Facebook “don’t share this with a bigger % of his friends, I did not like it.”
First, don’t bash! It is never worth it to bash with anyone in comments. Just don’t do it. But do comment with your testimony.
Also if you read something you like, and you think someone else might like it, a good practice to do is to tag them in the comments (You do this by typing @ then their name, it should pull up a list of names just click your friends name).
If you really like something, and want to share it with your friends, click share, you will have an option to write something, and then post it to your wall for all your friends to see.
Sharing something is effectively increasing the effort of others in sharing the Gospel. Sharing is the MOST important of the three things you can do. As it posts it to your wall, allowing your friends to see it, and like it and share it.
Important if you use the “share now” it does NOT let you write something it immediately shares it.
- 2nd Don’t Spam!
If you’ve shared something once normally it is good enough. If you REALLY like it, wait for Friday, and post it as a #FlashBackFriday post. But multiple posts of the exact same thing is spam. Also, pace yourself, don’t bomb everyone’s feed with dozens of gospel posts in a matter of minutes, remember you’ve been called to SHARE, not to SPAM.
- 3rd Share miracles, studies, or uplifting posts.
Share your testimony on Facebook, or take opportunities on anniversaries to share church related events. Or your current activities with the missionaries. This is one of the most powerful ways to share the Gospel.
“With the blessings of modern technology, we can express gratitude and joy about God’s great plan for His children in a way that can be heard . . . around the world. Sometimes a single phrase of testimony can set events in motion that affect someone’s life for eternity.”
~ President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Here is an Example. This post garnered likes from my friends, and also people I’ve never met. Many are LDS, but a few a baptist, and a few are nondenominational christian.
- 4th Like the Family Share Pages
FamilyShare.com is a church run social media arm that shares general Christian content, and it weaves in restored truths, often a quote from an Apostle that appeals to the greater Christian audience. Family Share has over 24 million likes on just their top 4 pages! Family Share is one of the most effective ways to get the message of the Gospel out to a greater Christian audience. So, “like” their pages, and remember to like and share their posts! Especially when the post is a quote from a latter day Apostle.
Here are some of their most popular pages.
I love my Family
I Love the Bible
I am a Child of God
I Love Jesus Christ
- 5th Like popular non-official LDS Pages.
Fill your feed with uplifting messages, like the popular LDS pages, they include (but are not limited to).
LDS Living (Deseret Book)
You can also like my page
- 6th Make sure your privacy settings are correct
See who your audience is (who can see your posts), allowing more people to see your gospel related posts increases the impact of your post. The biggest reach would be to make sure it is “public”. So that when a friend likes it, their friends can see that action and see your post.
For more information on who can see your posts see the following Facebook help page.
- 7th Use Hashtags #
Using Hashtags connects your posts to others like it. The church often has a monthly hashtag topic, May was #Patience, June is #SimplyServe, July was #Faith, currently their pushing Sunday with a # of #BestDay just check back every month for the new hashtag the church is focusing on.
When you think of what hashtag to use ask yourself, what was my post about? and then put that as a hashtag. IE its about prayer so #Prayer, or the Bible would be #Bible.
There are also general hashtags here are the top 5 hashtags to use.
Important Use prudence in hashtags, there is no need to use 30, but a few help connect posts.
- 8th Join your ward/Stake Facebook group
Each Ward/Stake has a FB group, join the group to stay up to date, if they don’t have one, ask for one to be created. It is a easy and effective way to spread the word, and correlate the work. Join the group and then add your friends that should be in it also, be proactive in making the group work.
- 9th (BONUS) “Like” the official Church pages.
Presidency of the Seventy