Is Elder Ballard backing away from the bloggernacle? Is President Uchtdorf telling us to stop blogging? Both made references to the internet this conference session already, but neither was positive. Elder Ballard said:
“You can’t google a testimony, you can’t text-message faith.”
President Uchtdorf said that blogging could be one of those “burned out lightbulbs” that distract us from what is really important, causing us to crash into the swamp.
These references are all the more disturbing because they come from two of the more progressive members of our leadership. It seems so recent that the bloggernacle was abuzz over Elder Ballard’s much bloggyhooed talk that refenced the ‘nacle specifically and asked us to “join the conversation.” Now, a year later, here he is telling us that we can’t google a testimony or text-message faith! In other words, clever wording aside, he’s saying that the spirit can’t work over the internet which, in my experience, is patently false.
For myself, I think the change in message is a little jarring and unneccessary. It was so recently that we had any acknowledgement from the Church that Mormon bloggers even existed. Unless you are blogging or texting to the exclusion of working, attending church meetings or spending time with your family (which, admittedly, may be happening), warning people about it seems premature. Have we gone from allies to addicts in so short a time?
In any event, if anyone asks me to stop blogging, my message is this:
I’m doing a great work and cannot come down.