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The following is excerpted from LDS Daily. To read the full article, click here. 

The world is a scary place. If you have spent any amount of time on the internet, you know the online world is even worse.

With a rise in cyberbullying and heated comment threads, many members of the Church wonder how they can boldly stand up for their beliefs while respecting differences and avoiding contention.

The answer is found in the scriptures. If we will evaluate Moroni 7:45 before we comment or post online, we can be guaranteed the Holy Ghost will be with us and use our online interactions as a source of goodness.

And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Let’s break down this scripture together.

Suffereth Long

To be long-suffering is more than just having patience. When we suffer long, we patiently endure a repeated or lasting hardship. Is there someone online who you have tried to ignore or be patient with, but you feel you are at a breaking point? Continue on a little longer.

If you are worried about how you may react to them online, consider “snoozing” their posts or unfollowing them entirely.

Kind

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin once said, “Kindness is the essence of a celestial life. Kindness is how a Christlike person treats others.” Before posting anything, ask yourself if your words are a true reflection of Jesus Christ. Do your words reflect how Christ would talk to someone?

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