The Goodness You Should Stop Sharing

Share Goodness

On Tuesday, August 19th, Elder David A. Bednar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to participants at BYU’s Education Week. His topic of choice was using social media as a tool to spread the gospel and Share Goodness. Said Bednar, “I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood.” Elder Bednar also helped those of us who are social media challenged by defining difficult concepts like “hashtags”, “twitter”, and “instagram”. Elder Bednar’s call to “help transform the trickle into a flood” is not being taken lightly. In an effort to #ShareGoodness, we would like to take some time to discuss the five things you should NOT be sharing.


Don’t #ShareSwolePics 

It’s tough. We understand. You pick things up and put them down, and you probably deserve a bit of recognition, but please don’t flood our feeds with pictures of your large muscular bodies… at least not without holding up Ether 12:27. #ShareGoodness

When Jason isn't picking up heavy things, he is busy becoming a man of God or being a published author. Click to view his book's Facebook page.

When Jason isn’t picking up heavy things, he is busy becoming a man of God or being a published author. Click to view his book’s Facebook page.


Don’t #ShareEveryPictureOfYourBabyThatYouHaveEverTaken

Kids are great. Super adorbs. Part of the plan, huge blessing, blah blah blah all that and more. BUT, we honestly don’t need every picture you take of them. I mean, what are they gonna share on Throwback Thursday 15 years from now if you share them all? Try putting your baby in a little Nephi costume. Then I’ll like it. #ShareGoodness


Don’t #ShareHowMuchBetterYourHusbandOrWifeIsThanEveryoneElses

Everytime I hear a newly wed proclaim to the farthest reaches of social media that they have THE BEST husband or wife EVER, I just shake my head. Not even possible. You haven’t even had your first fight yet so there is no possible way you have achieved what married couples of 70+ years are still working for. Perhaps share how excited you are about fulfilling the Family Proclamation instead. #ShareGoodness


Don’t #ShareYourOpinionsAsIfTheyAreChurchDoctrine

Anyone Remember Kate Kelly? The concept of what doctrine is defined as is a complicated enough issue without us all adding our own opinions. If you are going to assert something, clearly label it as your opinion, and use sources. Maybe just share a favorite talk about the issue instead. #ShareGoodness


Don’t #ShareRandomQuizzesAboutWhichStateYouShouldLiveInOrWhichOfTheSevenDwarvesYouAre

In the words of President Uchtdorf, “Stop It”. #ShareGoodness

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