I've been put in charge of introducing our video/giving the presentation for our event on Thursday, and as I've thought about what I might say, there are a lot of different directions I could potentially go. This is one of them--let me know what you think.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Protestant Reformation could not have happened without the printing press. Reformation ideas had been circulating for quite some time, but it was not until the years following the advent of the printing press around 1460 that those ideas were able to take root. Martin Luther, reformer, commandeered the printing presses in his area, and the printed material that circulated as a result sparked the Protestant Reformation, which was an important event in paving the way for the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth.
Once again, in the 21st century, we find ourselves faced with a new means of spreading information: the Internet. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has made tremendous efforts recently to improve their use of this new media in sharing the gospel and educating members in ways that they can do the same. One of these ways the Church has provided is the International Video Contest , running from October 18th, 2010, to January 31st, 2011; members can submit their own Mormon Messages, like the ones shown on lds.org. The site (lds.org/videocontest) reads:
The purpose of this video contest is to give more members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints an opportunity to strengthen their testimonies as they share their talents with worldwide members and to “join the conversation” in sharing the gospel with the world. This contest will also help gather videos and material that could be used in future Mormon Messages and other Church video projects.
We must join the conversation; we must use this new media to share what we know to be true and let our voices be heard. The Church as an organization is wonderful, but it is in the lives of our members that we find the true manifestation of our faith. We can make this known by taking advantage of opportunities such as this contest to use new media in ways that will touch peoples’ hearts and invite them to come unto Christ by sharing personal testimonies. This has been our goal in the making of our own Mormon Message, which we have entitled, “The Greatest Joys,” based on the talk by President Henry B. Eyring entitled, “Our Perfect Example.”